Monday, March 5, 2012

Hidden Pride

Title:  Hidden Pride
Author:  Helena Ray
Publisher:  Siren Bookstrand
ISBN:  1-61926-144-8
Genre: {M/F/M}, Shape-shifters, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Anya goes to Savage Valley to start a new life after she has finally reached her limit dealing with her boss.  She visited her aunt while growing up and has had a lifelong love for Clay.  After meeting his brother, Jack, she realizes she is home. 

The third book of The Pride of Savage Valley, Colorado series has just as much angst as the previous books.  Hidden Pride gives a reader more insight into the lives of the lion-shifters as they still battle NormCorps takeover of Savage Valley.   

Anya has to make some hard decisions about what she wants out of life and that she might actually be giving up her dream because of the situation with her previous employer.  The author does a good job keeping your interest as the suspense plays out and, though you know what is supposed to happen with the bad guy, I was a little surprised by some of the interactions that led up to the situation that almost takes Anya’s life. 

Jack is tormented because he has one power that is not manifested in the other shifters.  He realizes that Anya can help him once they are fully bonded, but she has to accept that the relationship will be a ménage with his brother, Clay.  A lot of characters in both of the Savage Valley series make small appearances in this book, as well as a lot of the villains. 

I am looking forward to reading about the last two lion-shifter families in this series.
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. **** (I recommend reading both series concurrent as you will get much more out of them)

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