Hour of the Lion

Cherise Sinclair
Hour of the Lion
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VanScoy Publishing Group
Release Date
June 2011
Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

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.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Aug 30, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
423 people found the following review helpful
There's a reason why Cherise Sinclair is on my auto-buy list: she writes fantastic erotic romances with great stories and wonderful characters. So, when I saw her newest release, I was intrigued that it was a departure from the kind of books that she normally writes. But, I am happy to report that she's done it again. HOUR OF THE LION was simply amazing. Hot hunky shifter men, a strong and sassy heroine, a gripping story, and some oh so lovely menage action are just the tip of the iceberg in this phenomenal read!

HOUR OF THE LION is the story of Victoria -Vic for short- who is a secret operative for the government and currently on the injured list. She tries to help a lady who's being attacked by a goon and finds herself kidnapped and thrown into a cage with a boy who changes into some kind of large cat. The boy bites her, and then enlists her with the task of letting his family know what happened to him. So, she's off in search of more shifter-cat people.

Her search leads her to the town of Cold Creek, but she not only finds the shifters, she also suddenly finds herself in a place where she feels like she could belong—not to mention two incredibly gorgeous brothers, Calum and Alec, who also happen to be shifters.

However, happiness is short lived when her kidnappers come looking for her and the threat of exposure of her new family threatens to destroy the home she has finally found.

Ok, ok. I'm not going to wax poetic about all the things that I loved in this—and there are a lot—but I am going to try to be succinct plus also point out some of the amazing things about HOUR OF THE LION.

First off, the plot, world-building and lore of the story were fantastic. I loved the author's take on shifters and their society. The lore especially stood out as unique for me. Also, the whole reasoning behind the kidnapping plot really brought home the differences between the humans and shifters.

The main characters were wonderfully developed. Calum and Alec weren't billed as a box set and had such distinct personalities. You could see the reason why Vic fell in love with both of them, and it wasn't just because they liked to share. Vic was a perfect heroine, strong but vulnerable.

Although I'm not surprised, the eroticism and sexual chemistry between the characters was just...wow. This book was indeed very hot, BUT they didn't fall into bed in the first minutes, and Vic got a chance to build a relationship with each man individually first before having the ménage relationship. Even though it was a paranormal romance, that aspect made the relationship much more believable.

Lastly, I loved that I was surprised more than a few times in the book. The author took into account that the heroine was a human who didn't understand shifter culture. How great is that? She wasn't just thrown into things and expected to just accept what happened to her. She got explanations and concessions were made due to the fact that she's coming from a whole different set of cultural norms. Also, I felt like the plot did not take the easiest and most expected routes. I had to work a bit for that HEA and that made it more worthwhile in the end. Even the things I had questioned as I was reading about them eventually got explained, even though it wasn't at the exact point of the book that I was reading.

So, it's probably obvious that I give this a big five stars! I must reach out to Ms. Sinclair and BEG her not to keep this as a standalone. There are some secondary characters that I would love to see have mates, PLEASE!

And for those of you who may have shied away because of the different theme to the book, don't fret. This is still the excellent writing and eroticism that we've come to associate with Cherise Sinclair, it's just the men are a little furrier. ;)
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