I didn’t realize it until I read the author’s note but this was originally published under a different pen name in 2012 in a shortened version. It shows it’s older origin in so many ways.
Blake states she revised and edited it before rereleasing it under Macy Blake but it really demonstrates how much this author has grown as a writer from 2012 to now, no matter how much it’s been revised.
There’s no universe building so we’ve no idea the world the characters exist in. Those same characters have no real history related or even chemistry to pull us into their relationship. It’s instant mating drive no matter what one might argue.
We have some rather strange narrative decisions, ones clearly made after the fact. For example, a human lives with a Lion pack as part of the pack for the majority of his life, but the fact they actually have an animal side, do Lion type things unnerves him? No real reason for him being there. It’s so disjointed.
And , a major peeve of mine , a disappearing pet.
“Dayton snuggled up on his couch surrounded by lots of cushions to support his arm and tried to relax. His cat, Cookie, curled up on his chest and purred.”
That’s the first and only time Cookie the cat makes an appearance. Cookie then goes poof for the remainder of the story. No explanation.
I could make a long list of things that happened narratively that make a reader go “wait, so that happens?” But it would be a page long and that’s more time than I think this review needs.
If you want to read this, do so as a fan of the author to appreciate the work she’s now putting out and exactly how far she’s come since 2012.
Otherwise, if you’re a fan of paranormal fiction and romance, there’s others out there I’d recommend, including books released by this author more recently.
Even a human like me knows that to a shifter, pack is everything. So when my best friend asks me to check up on her brother—a lion/tiger hybrid who was been banished from his own pride—I agree…
And find out I’m his fated mate.
Hart’s been through a lot, and I know it. The circumstances of his birth made him an outcast, and those scars run deep. He’s also got a million excuses for why he never came back to claim me the way he says he wanted to.
But when he sees me on his doorstep and suddenly decides to make up for lost time… well, let’s just say I’m not falling for it.
Claiming is a forever thing. And nothing about Hart Sherman with his fancy career and solitary lifestyle says he wants forever with small-town guy like me.
If he wants me to believe he’s serious, he’ll have to prove it. By finding a place in the pride for the amazing man he made himself… and for the liger he was born to be.