Will he sacrifice everything for the sake of his human mate?
Thwarted in his efforts to become head of the Amsterdam pride of lion shifters, Kaspar de Wit flees to England. He finds himself in Bath, home of the biggest English pride, and begins to make a new life among friends. What he doesn’t know is that he’s moved to a city steeped in bloody ritual. Destiny seems to have drawn Kaspar to the place where he’ll meet his mate–but does something more horrifying lie in wait for him, too?
Jon Fellowes, professor of archaeology at Bath University, is obsessed with the standing stones that dominate the Somerset landscape and the people who raised them. He’s heard tales of strange creatures, half-man, half-lion, that once roamed the land, but dismisses them till he meets the beautiful Kaspar and learns the bizarre truth of his nature. As an ancient rite is revived and terror stalks the countryside, can Jon and Kaspar overcome the natural distrust between humans and shifters to find true love? Or will one of them be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of voyeurism, MM orgies and bloody violence.
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
I have no idea what happened here, maybe I had higher expectations. All the required elements are present and accounted for, the plot development went where it should and the ending was just what we wanted. However, there was no 'oomph' to the story between Jon and Kaspar.
Kaspar comes from a long line of alphas and he expected to succeed his father when his time came to step down. He also comes from a fairly wealthy family and was just months away from getting his inheritance. He lived his life waiting for things to fall his way. In short, he was not alpha material but he expected to be one. Well, that falls short and so, miserable and depressed, he goes away without telling anyone and ends up in Bath where he asks to be taken in as a member of the pride.
Then there is Jon. Now, he is a remarkable individual. His obsession with archeology and myth surrounding the Bath area is almost palpable for the author brings in some questions that do make the mind question ideas.
The two men meet, Kaspar immediately knows Jon is his mate but it takes longer for Jon to accept the supernatural and paranormal even if his obsession with it knows no bounds. It takes time for an actual romance to develop but Kaspar does try his best while Jon tries his best to be sceptical. In the meanwhile, there are disappearances going on and Kaspar stumbles into a mystery that links the deaths to his kind.
And this is where I have a lot of questions. There are undeniable plot holes like, whatever happened to the inheritance? How come Kaspar's old pride does not even attempt to communicate seeing how his father and mother loves him? Jon's obsession contradicts his unwillingness to believe? and many more.
Overall, this left me with a whole lot of questions and no answers. However, the Lionhearts series is quite intriguing. The way Ms Coldwell built the world of pride around our world and made it seem to highly influence our history, culture and beliefs, this is where I laud her. She managed to merge fact with fiction and made it believable and unquestionably right.
My high expectations with Kaspar's story may not have been truly satisfied, but the series overall makes me curious and want for more. For the arc alone, I want to continue following this. I mean, who does not want to read about sexy men who turn into lions? I love shape shifter stories so will continue to follow....
Note: Review based on copy provided for by Totally Bound.
About the Author
I am Rotherham’s foremost (okay, only) writer of quality erotica and erotic romance. Though I’m now based in London, family and football take me back North on a regular basis. Indeed, if you’re ever at a Rotherham United match (I know, what are the chances?) and you spot a small blonde with a large ‘London Millers’ flag, that’ll be me.
For twenty years, I worked on the UK edition of Forum magazine, for most of those years as editor. In that time, I built up the fiction side of the magazine, and was responsible for publishing the first stories by lots of now well-known and established erotic authors – most notably Portia da Costa and Lindsay Gordon, who was until recently Black Lace’s series editor.
However, I love writing even more than I love editing, and I’ve finally taken the plunge to write full-time. I’ve had stories published by Black Lace, Xcite Books, Cleis Press, Circlet Press, Mammoth, Ravenous Romance, Total-e-bound and more, and my collection of three gay erotic novellas, Wild Rides, will be coming out as a print book from Xcite in 2012. And I’m happy in my work…
eARC Review: The Pride of Amsterdam (Lionheart Book #1) by Elizabeth Coldwell