Hour of the Lion by Cherise Sinclair
Series: The Wild Hunt Legacy #1
Also in this series: Winter of the Wolf, Eventide of the Bear, Leap of the Lion
Published by VanScoy Publishing Group on June 15th 2011
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As a dedicated covert ops agent, Victoria Morgan follows two rules: accomplish the mission and protect the innocent. When bitten by a werecat—yeah, that was a sucky day—she must investigate beings that shouldn't exist and are hard as hell to identify. Just how can she tell if a person is human--or an animal-shifter who enjoys Bambi-sized snacks?
During her investigation, she finds a real home and friends for the first time. Sweet, right? But there's a flip-side: the bad guys are waiting for her to turn into something four-legged with a tail, the shifters suspect her of spying, and she has fallen in love with a pair of Thumper-eating werecougar brothers.
Her duty is to expose their existence. Or she could follow her heart and protect them with all of her deadly skills.
When I first discovered paranormal smut a few years ago, I read everything in the genre I could get my hands on and let me tell you, some of it wasn’t very good. What kept me going was the little gems I found buried under all the bad stuff, like the two books in the Wild Hunt Legacy series. I kept waiting for more to be written about this quirky but kickass town, but none showed up. Color me thrilled when I realized the third book in the series had finally been published. Since the second book was released way back in 2012, I thought I’d just do a re-read of the first two, with Hour of the Lion up first.
With two swoon worthy Heroes and a badass undercover agent heroine I was in paranormal ménage heaven. A plot that had me guessing, unbelievably hot sex scenes, and three MC’s I adored make this book one I’ve been happy to re-read more than once over the past few years.
Vic, a special ops marine recuperating from a career-ending knee injury finds herself held against her will after a good Samaritan situation goes bad. Bad goes to worse as she finds out in a heartbreakingly hard way that shifters exist outside of horror movies. She’s thrown in a cage with a wounded tortured teenager named Lachlan who has shifted into a mountain lion. She manages to free them in time for Lachlan to die free, but not in time to save him. He makes her promise to not spill his secret and to also go to his hometown and tell his Grandfather what happened to him.
Torn between her loyalty to her country and her promise to Lachlan, she decides to investigate to see if shifters pose a danger to her country before approaching Lachlan’s Grandfather.
I loved Vic. There is so very much to respect about her character. Raised a foster kid, her life wasn’t easy and she had no one. Instead of whining about circumstances beyond her control she made herself a life to be proud of. Unfortunately, since she can no longer be an asset to her team she is definitely lost.
Calum is the area leader of his people and not by choice. A widow and single father he is extremely controlled, but he had to be. Alec, his more laid back brother, is tasked with being the enforcer and protector of their area. Having to sit on the sidelines of his brother’s first marriage, even though “littermates” tend to share a mate, he isn’t planning on that happening again. Both Alec and Calum find themselves extremely attracted to Vic, even though shifters aren’t supposed to be attracted to humans.
There is mystery, action, and lots of hot sexy times in this book. I loved that it wasn’t the usual paranormal insta-love situation. As the attraction (and mystery as to why) grows between Calum, Alec, and Vic, we get to know the MC’s and the rest of the quirky town. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it’s a definite comfort read for me, especially when I’m in the mood for a hot, spicy, yet comfortable paranormal book.
Spice’s Rating: 5 Hot, Spicy, Action Packed Paranormal Ménage Stars
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