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While you may be wondering about this spinoff and thinking, there’s a 6 book series ahead of it, is it necessary to read all of those first? No. But should you, just to enjoy the incredible awesomeness that is Rachel Vincent? Hell yes. There was also a short story Rachel wrote years ago, and then revised and re-published last year, Hunt, that would actually be beneficial to reading before this one. Events that happen there are sort of the prelude to what goes down in this story.
Now I believe I finished the Shifters series before my blogging days, but friends from the old Pride discussion board, know that I was totally and 100% Team Marc! Faythe and Marc belonged together. I liked Jace. I just didn’t feel like he was meant to be with Faythe. So when he went his own way at the end of Alpha, I was sad and happy for him. And then when I saw his role in Hunt, I suddenly realized how much he and Abby belonged together! That she was THE ONE for him! Though there is an age difference between them, it almost seems nonsensical in the light of day. Plus, both Abby and Jace have to get over their deliberating feelings about having a relationship with the other.
Abby is engaged to one of Jace’s enforcers, but it’s clear that there’s no love going on between them. Which is sad, because Brian is a really sweet guy. But he’s almost too sweet for Abby’s liking. Something I wasn’t sure I could totally grasp, but when Abby explains things to herself and others, it totally makes sense.
But the ever debating/growing romance is only a part of the story. The bulk of the story starts with an enforcer bring a tabby home from college unexpectedly. Sound familiar? LOL. There’s a stray on the loose who is killing humans and basically putting the existence of the Prides at risk of exposure and all sorts of bad things that come with it. Abby manages to finagle her way to be an enforcer to help solve the case. And all the while, she lets on that she knows more than she’s telling.
I haven’t really mentioned it yet, but this story is told through both Abby and Jace’s point of views and I loved that! I loved getting to know Jace on a deeper level. And I will admit to be a little weepy over his growing feelings for Abby, because Abby is after all “spoken for” and Jace has been down that road before and got hurt. But I think based on the cover alone we kind of know what direction these two are headed in! And Rachel did not disappoint!!
Lion’s Share is the first in the new Wildcats series, which is a spinoff of the original Shifters. In earlier talks, Rachel says that the books will show us more of the other characters that we hardly got to know. Though I am expecting it will be among Abby and Jace’s new circle of friends, so to speak. Needless to say, I will be breathlessly waiting over here for the next book!
Rachel reminds us old fans why we adored the Shifters series with Lion’s Share. Abby is not Faythe, yet you can see some of that same stubbornness Faythe had in Abby as well. Both were strong minded women, though it does seem clear that Abby knows exactly what she wants. No debating here! What was also a wonderful experience was seeing some of the Shifters gang again, some five years late (if I am remembering right, so five years after Alpha). Faythe and Marc, Owen and Manx, Michael and Kaci…it was great! I loved seeing everyone again. I loved seeing them in their happy endings, so to speak, as the chaos that’s about to hit their lives might interrupt that a bit!
But basically, this book was just so amazing!! And as I said before, if you’re new to the Shifters world, you don’t “have” to read the first 6 books to enjoy this new adventure. You’ll definitely receive some spoilers to endings and such, but at least you all can binge read the books! I was among the unlucky few who was waiting for every book, especially after Prey. Yeah, not even going to go there! But to all my Shifters fans, please do read this book, because it’s truly the GREATest read ever!!!
Overall Rating 5/5 stars
Due to the university that she is attending being in Jace’s territory, she has been transferred to his pack. The older Alpha’s are not too thrilled with the fact that Jace has two unmarried females in his territory. This pretty much makes everything he does come under constant scrutiny. It doesn’t help matters that there is a rogue (stray) in the neighborhood attacking and killing humans. One of the people attacked is Abby’s roomie and bestie, Robyn. This makes Abby supper protective of Robyn- so much so that she had decided to spend the holiday break on campus with her. The stray attacking people brings those plans to a halt and Jace comes to get Abby. As her current Alpha, she cannot disobey her. Jace does sweeten the pot by making her an enforcer, much like her fiancé-Brian. Although like the description above says, Abby stinks at the job. A little too much, which had me thinking something was up. (I was right.)
You may be wondering since Abby has a fiancé is there a love triangle. My vote is no, there is not. Abby is majorly attracted to Jace- Jace knows she is off limits so he tries to do the right thing. Brian is well- a little too-sweet, understanding, nice. Let’s be honest, the nice guys never when the gal.
Abby is a little too self-observed? Converned only with her own problems? Selfish? You can probably tell now that I compared her a lot to Faythe and found her wanting. It was hard not to compare her to Faythe since that was the last gal we know that Jace was with. Jace was himself- his hot over the top self. He challenges, he protects, he fights for Abby. The real question is does she deserve him? My answer is no, but hey- what do I know?
Lion’s Share is a good spin-off to a great series, Shifters. Are there questions to still be answered? Yes, but since this is supposed to be a new series I am sure that we will get answers. Do previous characters show up? Yes, and they rock the pages when they do. Minx, Faythe, Marc oh my! Their presence alone is enough to make you want to read this.
My Rating 3 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “When love is not madness, it is not love.”
Robyn- Abby’s roomie
Brian- Abby’s fiancé
Melody- Jace’s sister-umm kinda hate her
Issac- Abby’s brother
The mystery and intrigue in the plot was well written and climaxed with perfect execution. I don't think she could have done a better job writing Abby and Jace's story. I always loved Jace! I was actually on team Jace in the original series. He's just written so yummy.
After reading The Hunt, I really got a chance to see Abby as a more fleshed out character. Before, she was a minor character, so I didn't have much invested in her. The more I read about her, the more fabulous she became.
There was a love triangle, but it was resolved with a deeply satisfying conclusion about halfway through the book. The romance was hot as well. There were a few sexy scenes :)
I can't say much more, other than say how awesome of a writer Rachel Vincent is. I really can't wait for the next installment in this series. I wish she would write faster so I could have me little piece of happy to read. Good books always go by to fast!
This gets more stars than I usually give. I mean, it was EPIC! Ten glittery stars for another great Wildcats book!
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