Title: Taming the Lion
Author Name: Elizabeth Coldwell
Publication Date & Length: April 2015 – 148pgs
Will he sacrifice everything for the sake of his human mate?
Thwarted in his efforts to become head of the Amsterdam pride of lion shifters, Kaspar de Wit flees to England. He finds himself in Bath, home of the biggest English pride, and begins to make a new life among friends. What he doesn’t know is that he’s moved to a city steeped in bloody ritual. Destiny seems to have drawn Kaspar to the place where he’ll meet his mate–but does something more horrifying lie in wait for him, too?
Jon Fellowes, professor of archaeology at Bath University, is obsessed with the standing stones that dominate the Somerset landscape and the people who raised them. He’s heard tales of strange creatures, half-man, half-lion, that once roamed the land, but dismisses them till he meets the beautiful Kaspar and learns the bizarre truth of his nature. As an ancient rite is revived and terror stalks the countryside, can Jon and Kaspar overcome the natural distrust between humans and shifters to find true love? Or will one of them be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of voyeurism, MM orgies and bloody violence.
What starts as a romance between an outcast shifter establishing himself in a new country and newly found human mate soon becomes full of suspense and intrigue as Kasper and Jon stumble onto grizzly secrets.
Someone is hunting and sacrificing young men on the margins of Bath society, but so far, no one has noticed. Lion shifter Kasper and archaeology professor Jon must expose the men behind the ritual killings before they become the next victims.
There’s an awful lot going on in this story. I felt like character and relationship development suffered slightly as the mystery took over. Kasper’s sexual awakening, his burgeoning independence and the complicated relationship with a new human mate would have been more than enough material for a novel. Likewise, solving the ritualistic murders of young men in Bath could have made for a full novel.
I really love the newly independent Kasper. Both Kasper and Jon are desireable men, but the most imaginative and elaborately described sex scenes take place during the murder ritual which I found a just little bit disturbing.
I love the premise of this story and I really love the beautiful description of the Somerset countryside. This book has both endearing and frightening moments, but some important scenes are rushed, relationships are hurried and some character development is abruptly curtailed.
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…