The Leopard King (Ars Numina #1)
by Ann Aguirre
What is it about:
Proud. Imperious. Impassioned.
Until three years ago, those words applied to Dominic Asher, the leader of Ash Valley. His family has ruled the feline branch of the Animari for hundreds of years, guiding the pride through perilous times. Unspeakable loss drove him into seclusion, a feral beast nobody can tame. Now he’s wrecked, a leopard king in exile, and he wants nothing more than to die.
Fierce. Loyal. Determined.
Fortunately for Dom, those words still apply to Pru Bristow, his dead mate’s best friend. She’s had her heart broken too, but she never quits. With the conclave approaching, alliances with the Pine Ridge pack and Burnt Amber clans on the verge of collapse, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to drag their leader back, before his second can start a war.
At best theirs seems like a desperate alliance, but when their mate bond turns hot and fierce, there’s no end to the questions and the doubts. Neither of them expects to fall in love. But sometimes people don’t know what they’re looking for until they find it.
What did Voodoo Bride think of it:
We both love almost everything Aguirre has written, so I had to try this Paranormal Romance.
And this turned out to be a really nice read.
I absolutely loved the world building. There are three major races: Animari (shapeshifter who take on the form of animals), the Eldritch (based on fae and elves) and the Golgoth (demonic as far as I can tell). In this story the Animari get the most screen time of course, but what was revealed about the other races was very intriguing as well.
I liked the romance between Pru and Dom. It's a sweet romance about second chances. It shows how people can move on from a previous love/relationship and find happiness again.
Next to the romance there is a suspenseful storyline that explores the relationship between the three races and that is clearly the start of a longer storyline that will connect the books in this series.
The heroes of the upcoming books were all introduced in this book, as well as some of the heroines. I'm looking forward to read more about most of them, but am wary about some.
All in all a very enjoyable PNR. I will most definitely keep my out for the next book.
Why should you read it:
It's a suspenseful and sweet PNR
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