Proud. Imperious. Impassioned.
Until three years ago, those words applied to Dominic Asher, the leader of Ash Valley. His family has ruled the feline branch of the Animari for hundreds of years, guiding the pride through perilous times. Unspeakable loss drove him into seclusion, a feral beast nobody can tame. Now he's wrecked, a leopard king in exile, and he wants nothing more than to die.
Fierce. Loyal. Determined.
Fortunately for Dom, those words still apply to Pru Bristow, his dead mate's best friend. She's had her heart broken too, but she never quits. With the conclave approaching, alliances with the Pine Ridge pack and Burnt Amber clans on the verge of collapse, she's prepared to do whatever it takes to drag their leader back, before his second can start a war.
At best theirs seems like a desperate alliance, but when their mate bond turns hot and fierce, there's no end to the questions and the doubts. Neither of them expects to fall in love. But sometimes people don't know what they're looking for until they find it.
There were a lot of reviews out there for this book and I have been wanting to read this author so I gave the book a chance.
When the book first started I was really enjoying the storyline and pacing. The story is about a woman, Pru, who lives in a tribe of people who are shifters but she herself never got the gift. She has set out to rescue their leader who has been in hiding for a few years after his wife was killed. I really enjoyed Pru because she was not afraid of her people and she wasn’t going to back down from a leader who can turn into a big leopard. I enjoyed her interactions with the leader, Dom, because she wasn’t going to let him say no to her. I also enjoyed Dom because we could see he was wounded emotionally from the past events but that he still had something to give of himself to his pride and to Pru. These heartfelt and emotional moments in the beginning really draw you into the relationship and the shifter world.
I feel that by the time Pru and Dom come back to the pride in order to prepare for peace negotiations that the book does get a little lost. All of a sudden we are introduced to a wolf clan, bear clan, and two other clans who have magic and beast/monster forms. None of these people get along and we get a huge cast when all of the leaders are introduced and it is difficult to keep up. We have no idea who a lot of the people in the story are and we don’t really understand why there have been fights in the past between these people. I felt that a lot of the backstory and important info on the clans was missing. Just pretend you know what is going on was the name of the game. Well I have to say I don’t really enjoy being kept in the dark for an entire book about who the people in the book are.
Some parts felt a little rushed in order to wrap up Dom and Pru’s story and other parts just weren’t worth reading because it didn’t make any sense. It was hard to separate out who was who and what clans these people were from because in my opinion the book took on too much in such a shorter novel.
Overall, I really enjoyed the beginning because it read more like a paranormal romance novel. As the story progressed it was bogged down with too many characters and too much going on without a lot of information. The second book does continue where this left off but I’m not sure I’ll be reading more of this world…which I still don’t even begin to understand.