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Alpha lion who is all growl and bite?
Defiant human with a broken heart?
An enemy out to break them both?

Running from a devastating betrayal, Hailey’s wound is salted when car trouble strands her in the path of a snarly lion shifter with a chip on his shoulder the size of Pride Rock.

She can’t decide what’s worse—his snarky, human-hating attitude, or the fact that her judgment sucks and she is falling in love with the devil in sexy blue jeans. But refusing to trust will cost her more than her future happiness… it could cost her life.

Alpha lion Trent has no one but his pride, a group of misfits holding onto control by a claw under his leadership. He doesn’t need the complication of a stubborn, mouthy, human woman who looks him in the eye and sets off every instinct to claim.

Especially since his uncle is threatening to solve Trent’s Hailey problem with violence.

Trent isn’t the only one who wants to see all humans kicked out of town and lions back at the top of the food chain. He’s just the only one who is starting to change his mind…

…the only one who realizes that the love of a mate is worth fighting, dying, and forgiving for.

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Titles in the Shifting Destinies: Lion Hearts series include –  Savage Pride – Savage Claim – Savage Chase – Savage Craving – Savage Exile – 

This series shares a connection with the Shifting Destinies series of Shifters of Bear’s Den which includes – Her Christmas Wolf – Forbidden MateDangerous MateHunted MateRunaway MateStolen MateUntamed Mate

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Shifting Destinies: Black Claw Ranch which includes – Wrangled FateSpurred FateBreaking FateWild Fate – Bucking Fate

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BAD Alpha Dads line – Whiskey and WolvesTequila and Tigers – Bourbon and Bears

Title:  Savage Pride
Series:  Shifting Destinies: Lion Hearts #1
Author:  Cecilia Lane
Published:  December 4, 2019
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Savage Pride starts off the Shifting Destinies: Lion Hearts series with a very strong story of the elusive lions who live on the very outskirts of Bearden and have up until now been successful in keeping their distance from anyone else, Human or Shifter, through their bad attitudes and very obvious “Keep Out” signage.  Not any longer, these lions are about to be brought into the world of mates, fighting for the right to survive, and some, at times, very tough love.  Most of the time we’ve run into Trent who reluctantly provides additional horses for the Black Claw Ranch, and Mr. Cheerful he is far from that, not even by a long shot.

Hailey needs a break from the mess her life has turned out to be thanks to one lying jerk.  She’s set off from sunny, warm Florida to the very snowy winter of Montana to reassess what she wants from her life now, and to just escape her awful luck – unfortunately, that’s not going to change much when she’s caught in a blizzard, her car slides off the road, her reservations at the local B & B can’t be found and she finds herself stuck staying with a snarly, grouchy, rude, hot, handsome man or lion shifter, each is equally growly at this point.  Trent has strong rules about females on his property for his lion pride is completely out of control most days and barely in control on other days.  Mates will simply make that worse, in Trent’s opinion – but he’s wrong and he’s about to discover just how right a fated mate can be.  But he and Hailey are going to go through some hard times, dangerous situations, and stubbornness on both sides before he will admit that Hailey is exactly what he and his pride needs.

Hailey and Trent’s story is strong in plot, character development and, in the emotions this story will bring out in any reader.   Trent doesn’t know the truth of what happened to his family but as a long lost relative shows up he is about to find out the hard way.  Hailey is such a strong character, she’s snarky when needed, isn’t afraid of Trent, and determined to be true to herself – even when that hurts.  Together they make a fantastic couple and will be strong Alpha leaders for this motley crew of lion shifters.

I was easily caught up in Savage Pride and will be diving into Savage Claim later today.  If you love a snarly hero and a snarky heroine who fit perfectly together then you’ll enjoy this one very much.

I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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