Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swallowing His Pride

Author:  Serena Pettus
Publisher:  Resplendence Publishing
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-60735-806-0
Genre:  {M/F}   Paranormal, Shape-shifter
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Change is blowing in the wind for newly divorced Samantha Cooke.  With a new job and new house, she has good reasons to celebrate.   Vegas is the perfect place for Samantha to let her hair down and have some fun.  When she encounters a good old, gorgeous country boy, Samantha’s hormones start raging. 

Being the Prime doesn’t allow much leisure time for Dylan North.  Even though he’s in Vegas for pride business, he hopes to have some fun with his brother.  The moment he lays eyes on a petite, strawberry haired cutie, Dylan’s lion goes into a frenzy.  A night of mind-blowing sex ends with Dylan biting Samantha before telling her that he’s a lion. 

Samantha returns to her life after what she thinks is a one night stand, unaware of how changed her life is.  Dylan shows up and explains his behavior to a stunned Samantha.  It’s a lot to absorb, but they are enjoying getting to know each other.  Dylan is concerned for Samantha’s safety when word spreads about his human mate. 

Dylan and Samantha’s story is the first in the Southern Pride series, and what a great start it is.  Serena Pettus laid quite a foundation with characters who mesh so well together and have such depth.  Samantha has gone through some difficult times and so has her best friend.  Their friendship makes sense and I know readers will have a strong reaction to her friend’s past.  Both women are strong and successful, but at the same time a bit broken.  The doses of reality were perfect, especially the way the author withheld information until the right moment.  It definitely wasn’t predictable.   I also love Dylan and his brother and the way they protected the women.  Swallowing His Pride has characters with layers and I look forward to uncovering them all.   Once you read this story, you’ll be committed to the series.

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