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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lion’s Pride by Teresa Noelle Roberts

Lion’s Pride by Teresa Noelle Roberts
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (229 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

To save the one they love, they’re going in with spells blazing…

Duals and Donovan: The Different, Book 1

Elissa Donovan is a real green witch—when she and her lion-shapeshifter husband have sex, the blazing heat is recycled to warm their house. Now her beloved Jude has been kidnapped by a shadowy government agency, and the last place she can turn for help is her high-powered family, who considers her magic mediocre.

When Rafe Benedict gets Elissa’s call for muscle to back up her magic, he risks his law enforcement career to answer. He’s spent a lifetime hiding his Dual ability, but something about Elissa and Jude’s magic awakens the cougar within him.

Tempting, bronzed Rafe is the perfect fuse for Elissa’s sex-fueled magic. Danger lies in breaking her vows; joining with anyone other than her true mate could not only send her marriage up in flames, it could burn out her powers in a last, all-or-nothing explosion. But Jude is worth the risk. And for Rafe, potential heartbreak is nothing next to the chance to help the two people he’s coming to love.

First, though, Rafe needs a crash course in Cougar…

When you have something valuable, you’ll do everything in your power to protect it. When the head of the family is a Lion, the stakes get higher and the fever hotter. But you have to do what you have to do to protect—at all costs. And you need to read Lion’s Pride.

Ms. Roberts’s story is gripping from the beginning. You immediately see the bond between the characters and though they don’t know how to accept the attraction, you can feel the need for them to be a unit. I like the mix of the three: a lion, a panther, and a witch. It showed that even when the chips are down, we have to work together to get to the common goal.

Elissa is a great heroine. She’s strong, doesn’t take crap from anyone, and she loves her hero with all her heart. When she has to save him, she jumps in with both feet. I also like her struggle to deal with the things she had to do. She needs to save Jude, but to do so, she has to make a sacrifice. You go through her ordeal and feel for her.

Jude and Rafe are a great set of heroes. Alone, they are the personification of the alpha male. Both are strong, tough, and ready to fight for the one they love. When they have to get together, they are unstoppable. But just like Elissa has to make a hard decision, Jude and Rafe have to decide if they want to own up to their desires. For a man who lives and breathes his heterosexual beliefs, Jude is definitely stuck. But his ultimate conclusions and actions are satisfying to witness.

If you want a story chock full of sex and heart, then you need to read this book. If you want a short, breezy read, then you want to keep going. But if you can devote time and care to reading a story, then this one is for you. I give Lion’s Pride 3.5 cherries.

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