Series: Soul's Harbor Pride, #1
Published by Samhain Publishing on September 22, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 182 pages
Source: Author, NetGalley
Sexual Content: graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
Born to be enemies. Destined to be lovers.
After killing one of her father’s enforcers, half-blood lion shifter Jillian Winters ran for her life, landing in an upscale bar halfway across the country. Her boss, Carrick—a pure-blood shifter—has no idea his barmaid is a fugitive.
When her father’s recklessness puts the Pride at risk, Jillian must return home and assume his place as Alpha. But not before she indulges in a taste of the attraction that’s been building for years between her and Carrick.
Carrick Granger has had a soft spot for Jillian from the moment she stepped into his bar, soaking wet and afraid of her own shadow. He knows she has secrets. So does he. He’s also the outcast son of an Alpha—and now that his father is dead, he, too, has been summoned home.
Thinking they’ll never see each other again, the simmering heat between them ignites like a match to gunpowder. But then the bullets start flying, forcing them to choose—duty to their Prides, or the one person they can’t live without.
Warning: This book contains deception, lies, betrayal, a sexy lion who is determined to claim his mate, and a mating bond that will change the landscape of the Prides forever.
While DANCE WITH THE DEVIL is the first in a series, there was so much backstory as to how the warring packs got to where they are at the start of the story that I think there should be some sort of short story to go before this book. What we get told about the past is fascinating and complex and this conflict between the packs is what the main plot of DANCE WITH THE DEVIL revolves around. What we get in the present is a complex and dangerous political game over who will replace the alphas of each pack and debates over half-breed shifter rights, you know your typical political thriller story except with claws. I enjoyed the complex web of shifter politics and seeing how Jillian and Carrick find a way to beat the system in a sense and bring peace to the packs.
The romance was pretty steamy and I enjoyed how well Jillian and Carrick worked well together even when they were at odds. I enjoyed learning about the uniqueness of Jillian's 'half-shifter form. She is quite tough and bad ass, a good quality for an alpha. I liked that Carrick was persistent in having a relationship with Jillian without being to douche or stalker-ish. He gave her space when she needed it and showed some sexy finesse in seducing Jillian. The side characters were amusing and I hope we get Jillian's friends' story in a future book because they have some backstories that I would love to see fleshed out.
One issue I had with the story was the big Claiming or massive pack sanctioned orgy. They do this orgy to find a mate and what goes on during this time was a bit confusing as I had to re-read the explanation a few times to really 'get' it. The fact that the pack was forced to participate in this and it's a tradition didn't sit right with me. There was also the claustrophobic location of said orgy being held underground. Being underground helped with building up the tension of the story as the characters had limited space to move and really no escape. Issues with massive forced orgies aside DANCE WITH THE DEVIL is an excellent start to the Soul's Harbor Pride series.Series Titles: