Taming the Lion by Vivi Andrews

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Taming the Lion by Vivi Andrews
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (236 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Bluet

When she’s in heat, there’s no cooling down…

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.

Roman Jaeger is a lion-shifter, and he’s the heir to the current alpha of the Lone Pine Pride. Though this pride welcomes all species of shifters, it’s the lions who rule and hold the positions of power. Roman will do whatever it takes to keep order and peace, even if it means he has to wed the current alpha’s daughter, Lila, someone he doesn’t love or desire. Patricia (“Patch”) Fontaine is a cougar shifter, who was orphaned as a child and taken in by the Lone Pine Pride. Lila accepted her as a sister, and the two have become best friends. Lila doesn’t know that Patch has wanted Roman for years.

It’s a dangerous time, and the Pride has required all of their members to gather together to be safe and to discuss strategy on how to deal with the humans who are hunting and killing them. Patch has preferred to stay away in order to avoid seeing Roman, but she has no choice now. The alpha has also decided that it’s time to officially announce the engagement of Lila and Roman, who will both do their duty, though neither loves the other. Circumstances throw Roman and Patch together, and it’s apparent that they have an explosive sexual chemistry. While they dance around their attraction, they finally give in. I had mixed feelings about both of these characters. Even when they got to the point of realizing that it was not just lust, but love, neither seemed too willing to fight for a chance to be together. They seemed resigned to accepting that it just couldn’t be. Roman felt that being alpha was the most important thing, and Patch was determined to give up the relationship when Lila and Roman finally married. Lila, surprisingly, turned out to be one of the strongest characters, and I ended up liking her very much.

Despite the bumpy route to the happy ever after, this was an intriguing and exciting story. I enjoyed the visit to this interesting world with its various characters and will definitely look for future installments.

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