Title: Animal Passions (Lionhearts #6)
Author Name & Publisher: Elizabeth Coldwell (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 5, 2016 – 152 pgs
He’s destined to meet his mate on a killer vacation.
Horror author Mason Wells is having a midlife crisis. He’s burned out as a writer and he keeps falling for guys who are way too young for him. So when his agent, Nora, arranges a birthday getaway for him and a few close friends in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, it seems like just the break he needs – until Nora is found drowned in the hotel swimming pool. It seems like someone has a hit list of victims, and Mason’s on it. Can the hotel’s gorgeous owner, Xavi, step in and keep Mason safe?
Lion shifter Xavi Bianco loves the peace and solitude of his boutique hotel in the mountains. It’s a shame the place still holds the memory of his ex, Ramón. When the group of brash Americans arrive for a vacation, he doesn’t expect to find himself falling for one of them. But everything tells him Mason Wells is his destined mate, bizarre as it may be, and when Mason’s friends fall victim to a series of horrific attacks, Xavi knows he must do everything to protect Mason, even if it means risking his own life…
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and peril.
This was a really good read. It had a shifter, it had murder, and it had passion.
Mason is a shifter mystery writer. So when he comes face to face to a real shifter and finds out that they are mates he is not to thrown for a loop.
What does throw everyone is the mysterious murders and attempted murders that keep happening around them.
The real mystery of this book is who is behind the murders?
I enjoyed reading this book and reading about Mason and Xavi coming together and finding each other. I also enjoyed reading about the murders and waiting impatiently to find out who was behind it and who was next on the list. I also enjoyed the intrigue of not knowing till Elizabeth Coldwell decided to let it be known who was behind everything and the reason behind it.
This was a good story with an amazing love story. Cannot wait till the next book comes out.
This is the first book of this series that I have had the pleasure of reading. While I can’t say that I am hooked on the series, this story was complete and I never felt lost as to who characters were or how they were connected.
The mystery aspect of this story was, for me, very predictable. I was able to guess the perpetrator right away, which took some of the luster away from the story for me.
I thought that the secondary characters were less than stellar – the only one that I liked was Nora. I thought that the other characters were a little flat and did not add anything to the story.
Then you have the main two characters, Xavi and Mason. While I liked their dialogue, I didn’t really feel a great connection between them. It was kind of forced and did not have a very smooth flow.
Overall, this was an OK story with an OK mystery attached. The romance aspect was not fantastic, but more of a YA romance.
I am Rotherham’s foremost (okay, only) writer of quality erotica and erotic romance. Though I’m now based in London, family and football take me back North on a regular basis. Indeed, if you’re ever at a Rotherham United match (I know, what are the chances?) and you spot a small blonde with a large ‘London Millers’ flag, that’ll be me.
For twenty years, I worked on the UK edition of Forum magazine, for most of those years as editor. In that time, I built up the fiction side of the magazine, and was responsible for publishing the first stories by lots of now well-known and established erotic authors – most notably Portia da Costa and Lindsay Gordon, who was until recently Black Lace’s series editor.
However, I love writing even more than I love editing, and I’ve finally taken the plunge to write full-time. I’ve had stories published by Black Lace, Xcite Books, Cleis Press, Circlet Press, Mammoth, Ravenous Romance, Total-e-bound and more, and my collection of three gay erotic novellas, Wild Rides, will be coming out as a print book from Xcite in 2012. And I’m happy in my work…