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Talon (Rise of the Pride, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book opens with Talon, the Panther Alpha, having to explain to normal humans that, yes, shifters are real. Two of Talon’s pride had just gotten filmed while changing from human to panther. After an exhaustive press conference, Talon heads to the local watering hole, owned and operated by our heroine, Liberty, and her little sister Nova.
I really liked that these shifters were a bit different from what I usually encounter in paranormal romance, both in the choice of panthers (not wolves, bears, or dragons), and also how they function as a species. I also liked that this book starts with the normal humans and the hidden shifters having to deal with the sudden unraveling of shifter secrecy. This story is plot driven, with the antagonists rationally driven by actual grievances. I liked that Liberty was hard-working and self-sufficient, and I also liked how Talon was so dominating and possessive.
This book is a bit out of the ordinary, and may be worth a read.
Talon, the Alpha of the Panther Pride, finally meets his true mate; and she's a human. The other problem is Liberty wants to date each other first. So Talon agrees to try it her way, that is until trouble comes knocking at his door. He must put his Pride first, even before his own happiness. That has been ingrained into him since his father died in a fatal car accident 3 years ago.
When Evie, who is his younger brother's girlfriend, is kidnapped on his land right in front of her house, the whole Pride goes into hunting mode. Liberty feels helpless and wants to help Talon anyway she can, but women and children are protected fiercely in the Pride. There is no way that Talon is going to let her get into harm's way.
The following day, Liberty gets a threatening letter sent to her bar but addressed to Talon. When she opens the letter, she knows that she has to do something, the kidnappers are offering Evie's body for the Alpha's in exchange. She knows that Talon will do anything to save Evie, so she decides to go in place of him. But her plan backfires; a little.
A MUST READ!!
While Talon does give us a lot of information, I expect that from the first story in a series. We’ll meet the majority of Talon’s pride members, but not all, in this story and some of the humans in their small town. This group of Shifters is a secretive as most, except they have been discovered when two panthers are photographed in their shifted forms on the edge of the forest. Hey, everyone and their little kids now have a camera on their phones, so that’s not unexpected, more unfortunate for this pride as now Talon is forced to explain their existence, their non-threatening presence to the humans and still keep from acknowledging that there are other Shifters “out there”.
Unfortunately, the villain in this story doesn’t accept that Talon avoided acknowledging other Shifters, he sees that Talon’s non-specific answer has outed every shifter, everywhere – and in his deluded mind Talon must now pay.
Liberty owns the local bar. She and her sister, Nova, run the place since their father’s death. She’s always felt an attraction to the tall, handsome Talon, although she only knew him from the times he and his friends frequented the bar for food and drinks.. and man could thee guys eat. It was fascinating and a bit exotic to discover that there were Shifters in the world – but she didn’t intend to treat them any differently than she ever did. And no one in her bar was going to make trouble for them either. When an accidental, casual touch alerts Talon that Liberty is his mate, he is at first torn between the fact that she is human and the need to devote himself to his pride. Liberty is unprepared for her entrance into the Shifter world, and for Talon. These two are in for the ride of their lives.
Talon weaves an interesting story line. While this is a series where each story stands on it’s own and has a conclusion, there are aspects, story lines that will continue throughout the series. I expect that, and the set up for more growth and more information is done expertly and with enough left unsaid that peaks my curiosity.
Liberty and Talon make a good couple. Both strong willed, stubborn and totally committed to each other. They will make mistakes and missteps along the way. some worse than others, but at their core is a couple who will fight for each other no matter what. I found Talon to be an engaging, at times intense story – and it certainly has my attention enough to want more. If you enjoy Shifter Romance, an interesting story with characters that will fascinate and annoy you equally then Rise of the Pride is a series you may want to get started on. It looks to be potentially a long series, the kind I can sink my teeth into. And one I intend to follow to know what’s next.
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