Mountain Pride

Helena Ray
Mountain Pride
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
September 2011
Book 1 of The Pride of Savage Valley, Colorado
Erotic Romance, Ménage or more, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

[Siren Ménage Everlasting: Erotic Paranormal Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, shape-shifters]

Recently divorced from her high school sweetheart, Chelsea Goebel begrudgingly accompanies her best friend on a work trip to Savage Valley, Colorado. A strange encounter with a mountain lion in the wild leads her to meet Oliver Cash, mayor of Savage Valley, and his brother Roarke.

Mountain lion-shifters Oliver and Roarke instantly know Chelsea is their mate, and they want her as soon as possible. But Chelsea convinces herself she wants only a rebound fling with the sexy shifters, and the brothers set out to prove they want more.

But a darkness looms over Savage Valley. The conglomerate NormCorp wants to buy up Savage Valley, and a drought and strange animal attacks have the townspeople anxious. Oliver and Roarke need to mate Chelsea to strengthen themselves for a fight. It's up to Chelsea to get over her past, accept her lion-shifting mates, and help Oliver and Roarke save Savage Valley.

Note: There are two different series in the Savage Valley, Colorado collection. The Pride of Savage Valley series by Helena Ray is mountain lion-shifters. Rugged Savage Valley by Edith Dubois is bear-shifters. Each book features a different romantic trio or quartet. Even though the two series take place in the same setting with crossover characters and share an external story arc, each of the series can stand alone.

A Siren Erotic Romance

Book Review by Tyra Berger
Oct 21, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
139 people found the following review helpful
MOUNTAIN PRIDE is the introduction to the Pride of Savage Valley, Colorado series and the Native American mythology that is introduced is intriguing.

Chelsea is newly divorced, and to celebrate her new freedom, she travels to Savage Valley, Colorado with her best friend for an all-expense paid get away. While hiking on the trails around the resort, she has an encounter with a mountain lion and is saved by a gorgeous stranger. When she runs into the stranger and his brother later at the town diner, she doesn't understand her intense reaction to the two men.

Oliver and Roarke Cash are from a family that has been cursed, but from the moment they smell Chelsea, they know she is their destined mate. Convincing Chelsea they are more than a rebound fling is going to take their combined effort but they are more than willing to take on the challenge. But with Pride demands and a shady conglomerate trying to take over their town, the distractions might just cost them their mate.

I thought the backstory of how Savage Valley came into being and the mythology surrounding the curse set on the five families was the best part of the story. I had a hard time connecting to the lead characters and believing in their relationship. It bothers me when an author only uses the words pussy and cunt in their sex scenes, for me it takes away from the romance that is supposed to be building between the lovers. There are comments made about Chelsea's husband and her fear of him but no real solid information about why, so it made accepting her ability to jump right back into a relationship confusing. I also had trouble grasping the pride hierarchy and a lot of their rules. I understand that this is a multi-book story arc but it's hard to dislike a villain when you don't know anything about him and the reasons behind his actions.

Overall, the book felt disjointed and this made it hard to get into the story. Hopefully, the subsequent books will fill in the holes.
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