Shapeshifter Prince Jarlath Leandros of the planet Viros is a man who understands duty. As heir, he’s had his future as leader of the House of the Cat mapped since childhood. Boring! Jarlath yearns for an indefinable more.
Keira Cloud is beautiful and sexy, she’s independent and confident, and not only is she an enemy from the House of Cawdor, but her stepchildren accuse her of murder. Not a suitable woman for the prince, but Jarlath aches to claim her.
When the House of the Cat comes under attack, Jarlath is thrust into the middle of danger where life or death is the only option. A war is brewing, one that brands Jarlath and Keira enemies, yet their hearts shout otherwise and their animal selves—the leopard and the crow—care nothing for conventional barriers. Right or wrong, passion blooms out of control and with the city under siege soon Jarlath’s life is anything but boring. Now all he needs to do is survive…
At first I thought Jarlath was going to be one of those "Feel sorry for me, I'm so privileged but have to pick a wife that I don't love...type of guys" And while his parents are pushing him to pick one of the suitable women they have picked out for him to choose from, he soon finds himself with other plans.
Keira is a widow and not at all suitable marriage material for Prince Jarlath, especially since so many people think she killed her now deceased husband. But that doesn't stop Jarlath from spending time with her. Keira has some secrets she'd rather keep to herself but it's getting harder and harder for her to keep them secret especially since her family is his families enemy.
I really didn't care for Jarlath's mother at all. I really wanted her to change her attitude so I could come to like her more but there's almost always one character that will get under a reader's skin and she was that character for me. Her attitude rubbed me the wrong way. You ever want to just reach through a book a slap a character? Yeah, totally that.
I have to say that each and every sex scene or scene where Jarlath and Keira were intimate, even a little bit was so hot that it could have melted the jewels right out of the Queen's tiara. But that's not a bad thing at all, sexy time is good.
I love paranormal romance and for me if you add a little something more like people from another planet *which is what this is* then you get even more because the laws, terrain, worlds...everything is different from what you expect to find here on Earth. Reading a book and not knowing what might happen because it's not Earth is exciting. Alien races can do things that we aren't used to, not to mention that this book has shifters in it, big cats as well as crows.
I'm really hoping that Ellard who is Jarlath's best friend and a great secondary character, gets his own story. He went through a lot in this book and I'd really like to see more of him.
I've read several of Shelley Munro's books and one of the things I really like about her stories besides the great plots are the unique character names. There are some names that are so unique that I've never read them anywhere else and doubt I will. I really like that about her books.
I loved this story and easily give this book 5 stars.
If you'd like to read an excerpt of this book you can do so on Shelley's Blog.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author.