Friday, March 9, 2012

The Gazelle Who Caught a Lion

Title: The Gazelle Who Caught a Lion
Author: Scarlet Hyacinth
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61926-270-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

During their growing up years, Clark’s protected his adopted brother Angel as best he could. Now they’re adults and off with their friends to the new United Paranormal Academy where different shifter races learn to get along with each other while receiving an education. The campus is filled with lots of beautiful men and woman but Clark only has eyes for one person…Angel…and his lion wants to claim its mate. 

Angel’s crazy about Clark but petrified of him finding out. Going to the same school and attending many of the same classes put them together often, making it difficult to keep his feelings hidden. When Angel becomes the mentor of a new incubus classmate, Clark’s jealous, giving Angel hope his feelings are returned. But then a cheetah classmate’s murdered after he attacks Angel, embroiling them in the investigation after Clark’s accused. Can their newfound love survive in the face of so much adversity or will their mating fail? 

The Gazelle Who Caught a Lion is the newest release in Scarlet Hyacinth’s Mate or Meal series. While not absolutely necessary it would be better to read the books in order. 

I have to admit that I was surprised the series jumped into the next generation but in reality, it makes sense to progress the plotline in this manner. It allows changes in a few basic premises without a lot of excessive explaining. I liked seeing the adult Angel and Clark, along with their friends we knew as children. To know that some of the things the elders had been fighting for had come about…and the Academy was one of them.  

Ms. Hyacinth’s done a nice job not only with the further development of Angel and Clarks personalities but given us a detailed look into the new world in which they’re living. Into that, she’s woven their friends and a couple of side plotlines, pushing the story forward, not just to the end of this book but into the next release and beyond. But back to Angel and Clark. I really enjoy these two. They’re so different but still so alike. Loving each but afraid the other will learn the truth.  And there’s new evil here too, forcing friends, lovers and cousins to fight together to save the ones they love.

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