Centuries after what should have been a blessing from a goddess, Mira has gone from the chosen daughter to a woman shamed. She’s found a tentative peace among her family and the females they’ve chosen to mate. And despite the potentially fatal consequences, Mira has found the one thing she never thought she’d have—love. Josh is the only male she’s ever wanted, desired and burned for, and he’s the only man she can never hope to keep.
One glance into Mira’s exotic feline eyes and Josh is lost. She’s everything he never knew he wanted and loving her becomes a passion he can’t deny. The obstacles keeping them apart seem insurmountable, but Josh knows he’s the man Mira needs. With every passionate encounter, every stolen touch, his certainty that he and Mira belong together grows. He’ll defy every shifter decree and fight to his dying breath to convince those around them of the truth—Mira belongs to him, mind, body and soul.
“How did you get in here?” She asked to hide how much seeing him a few feet from her rumpled bed affected her.
Josh’s heated blue eyes traveled over her body. She came alive with his intent perusal. Her skin burned in the wake of his gaze. He focused on her braless breasts hidden by the thin cotton. Her nipples pebbled. The achy flesh grew heavy.
He licked his lower lip slowly. She followed the deliberately tempting stroke and reached for the doorjamb.
“The door, same as everyone else,” he muttered, gaze locked onto her upper thighs where the nightshirt’s hem ended.
Aware of her panty-less state, she shifted uncomfortably and toyed with the edge of her shirt. “I didn’t hear you come in.”
“I was quiet. Didn’t want you running from me.”
He might’ve been quiet, except he was only human. Her cats should’ve heard him. Scented him at the very least. They hadn’tbut didn’t mind that he’d snuck up on them. Each predator lay with its head on its paws, tails swishing softly as they listened to his husky words.
Their acceptance of Josh escalated her need. Her cats’ happiness fed hers. Being with Josh made them feel content andleft her energized on every level. Seeing him so close to her bed, however, made their sad fate real. She’d never be with the male she loved.
Better that way. I won’t miss what I never had. She didn’t believe her words for a minute but repeated them, hoping she’d eventually accept it as truth.
She crossed her arms, unintentionally lifting her breasts. She considered dropping them but liked the way Josh’s eyes darkened with lust. “I can’t run from someone I don’t care about.”
One corner of his mouth lifted, causing the dimple in his cheek to wink at her.
“We’re back to that, are we?” He dropped his booted foot from where it had rested against the wall. The clunk echoed in the small room. Chin tucked, he peered at her through thick lashes. “That’s okay, baby. It won’t be a hardship convincing you of the truth again.” Another slow swipe of his tongue had her reaching for the nearest object to support her rubbery legs. “I think I’m addicted to your taste. I need another fix.”
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
The intrigue and sexual tension continues in this third installment in the Royal Pride series where a prophecy seeks to keep two unrequited lovers apart. In this engaging and sensual story that puts a paranormal twist on the Romeo and Juliet theme readers can't help but be drawn to the intriguing characters, life or death situations, and unrelenting sexual tension surrounding not only the main couple but secondary ones as well whose stories are yet to be told. Fans of shifter stories will definitely want to get on board this intriguing and steamy journey to happiness and longevity that this series conveys perfectly and the exciting promise of more to come.
Royal Feline Shifter Mira still carries the physical and emotional scars of a forced mating long ago and doesn't want to be forced into that situation again. Though she's had some encounters since that night she's most content lusting after beloved human Josh until the day it's decreed she be forced into mating once again. She wants to be claimed for who she is in her heart and soul, not as some incubator or sexual toy which is how most shifter males see her. Josh is different though. She's drawn to him despite the fact that he'll die long before her and a prophecy proclaims she'll kill him if she claims him. She's willing to fight fate and her family to have the one man who makes her feel like a woman which results in heartbreak along the way as well as an unexpected twist of fate. I admired Mira from the first glimpse of her in a previous book. She's strong-willed and not afraid to flex her claws to fight for Josh. She's extremely loyal to those she gives her heart to and the perfect match for the kind of man Josh becomes throughout the story.
Josh is one of the few humans in the Feline Pride's world and as their beloved human he's granted their protection. Loving Mira though puts him at odds with fate as well as those he calls friends. As a human he's not allowed to claim her as their mating will not result in the coveted children desperately desired by her clan. There's also the possibility that she'll kill him when she claims him. None of these things deter him as he's always been drawn to her. When a stabbing leads to an unexpected twist of fate, Josh senses that despite what everyone thinks he's meant to be with Mira and officially stakes his claim. With the changes he's going through, the sexual tension intensifies as does the jealousies between the men fighting to claim her. A one-night stand soon interferes in his plan and places Mira in danger which results in him having to fight not only shifters but crazed and drugged-up hillbillies. Josh is an immensely strong-willed and charming man who has eyes only for Mira. He's not afraid to fight for what he wants even against those obviously stronger than him. He readily accepts the changes fate has dealt him which gives a clever snub to an archaic and domineering prophecy.
The relationship between Mira and Josh is at times sweet and always super sexy. Their clandestine meetings are heartbreakingly hot and reflect the desperation the prophecy has caused them. Along with this compelling main couple comes a cast of secondary characters we've seen in the previous installments, particularly engaging are the males who amp up the sexual tension further in their battle for Mira. There's also another love match forming between the stubborn Kade and an unexpectedly snarky female who is definitely giving him a run for his money here and which I look forward to seeing flourish in the next installment. Ms. Corrigan continues to delight and entertain in this cleverly crafted paranormal series with its sexy shifters, fast-paced storyline, and intriguing promises for the future and I highly recommend it to those looking for a shifter series that's set itself apart from the rest of the genre.
My rating for this is an A-
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Nancy Corrigan believes in unending love and epic tales with a paranormal flare. She enjoys transcending the boundaries of reality to take her readers on an erotic, emotional and romantic journey.
She resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. When she’s not weaving sizzling fantasies, she works as a chemist in a pharmaceutical lab.