Lone Pine Pride, Book 2
Wilderness guide and cougar-shifter Patricia “Patch” Fontaine has known the dangers of lone-shifter life since she was ten, when her parents mysteriously vanished. All grown up now, she thrives on her hard-won independence.
When rumors of a new rash of shifter abductions crop up, she’s forced to come home to the Lone Pine Pride for protection—right as the man she’s always secretly wanted is about to marry her best friend. And right as she’s going into heat.
Roman Jaeger values his role as Alpha heir apparent, but he isn’t thrilled about his arranged marriage to the Alpha’s daughter—especially when his bride is just as nonplussed as he is—but he’ll do his duty for the pride. Seeing Patch again challenges his noblest intentions. The wildness in her sets him on fire, and he can’t resist the chance for one last fling.
Both know a future together is impossible. But when chemistry and sowing wild oats grows into a need deeper than lust, their bond could threaten the very heart of the pride they both love.
Warning: This book contains a strong sexy Alpha-to-be, an independent cougar-shifter who knows her way around a lion’s heart, secret affairs, arranged marriages, politics, passion, and a pride full of lions and tigers and bears. Oh my.
Patch was taken in by the Lone Pine Pride as a child when her parents mysteriously disappeared. She's found a true friend in the Alpha's daughter, Lila but has always kept herself distant. Now her friend is finally getting set to marry Roman the Alpha's second in command and Patch just doesn't know quite how she feels about it. Roman is everything Patch wants in a male but he's a pure blood Lion whilst she is a Cougar and besides he's not interested in her. Patch wants to see her friend Lila happy but something just isn't right. Patch is suffering from a huge overload of hormones as she is about to go into her heat but scratching that particular itch is not a good idea as the Pride is being targeted by a shadowy organisation. Being forced to stay on Pride territory puts Patch even closer to Roman but he doesn't seem to mind at all, in fact he seems to want Patch almost as much as she wants him! This is a bad idea though and what starts out as just basic need pretty soon turns into something so much more but there's Lila waiting to marry Roman! The one thing to count on is that Roman and Patch will always put the needs of the pride first no matter the cost!
I really liked this story and found it flowed very well with great and believable dialogue. It's a rare author who can tackle prejudice whilst telling a romantic tale but Ms Andrews does a very good job of combining real issues with a fantasy. No one wishes to think of themselves as prejudiced in any way or biased and yet so many of us do fear what we do not know or understand. In Taming The Lion, the pride is predominantly made up of lion shifters but all types are welcomed by the Alpha. Whilst this seems to be forward thinking, unfortunately there is still the “them and us" situation to contend with and the perfect example of that is the heroine, Patch. She has spent many years living as an adopted daughter of the Alpha and yet as she is a Cougar feels that she is and always will be an outsider and right from the beginning when we see the interaction between the various shifters it's clear this is not an isolated issue. As the story progresses Ms Andrews cleverly expands on this and it makes for a strong story that is full of surprises. So yes, this is a sexy romance and I would love a Roman of my own but this is a book that makes the reader think.
I highly recommend it.