Book Review: The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre

Posted 5 October, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review | 3 Comments

Book Review: The Leopard King by Ann AguirreThe Leopard King by Ann Aguirre
on Sept. 28, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 338 pages

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.

Ann Aguirre is one of my must-read authors. She writes smart, confident and sexy characters — and The Leopard King fits that bill perfectly.

Trouble is coming in the form of the re-brokering of an an ancient peace accord between races and packs. But, after the death of his mate, Dominic, the ruler of the feline branch of the Animari (shapeshifters) has gone missing, retreating to a high mountain peak to wallow. And brood.

However, his pack needs him. So, Pru, the best friend of Dom’s dead mate (yeah, their relationship is a bit challenging, to say the least), is sent to pull the alpha out of his self-imposed brood.

Because she is unable to shift, Pru has always thought (and been told) that she’s lesser, that she’s expendable but when a connection between her and Dom surprises both of them, she’s suddenly elevated to Dom’s right hand, his helpmate. And she steps right into that role with all the aplomb of a woman who knows how to get things done, shifting ability or not.

I really liked how Pru and Dom learned to navigate their new relationship. They started from kind of an odd place and their connection happened quickly but their actual relationship grew as they got to know and trust one another, not just through sex (though that helped, too, especially when they found their smexytimes were freakin’ phenomenal).

This is a great beginning to a new series! All the books are going to be interconnected, blending from one story to the next as the series arc pulls us along in its wake. In other words, the beginning-to-end story for each book centers on the romance while the series story arc won’t be resolved until the last book in the series (seven in total, I think?). Aguirre’s got another winner on her hands and I, for one, will be strapped in for the entire ride.

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