Solease M Barner
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He is confident, energetic, loyal, strong, and a powerful ruler… He’s Landon King, a LEO!
Landon King works hard, never makes mistakes, prides himself on always being fair, is honest to a fault, and owns one of the most successful companies in the world. After receiving a message stating he must return to the pride and take a mate to retain his title as King, Landon is, understandably, upset. How dare they send such a preposterous edict to him, their King. Landon feels disrespected and has no intention of being forced to take a mate. Yet, he decides to make the journey so he can inform his people in person of his refusal, letting them know exactly where he stands. He, simply, will not be forced into a mating - by anyone. During his trip, he meets Davina Golden, a rogue lioness with no respect for the laws of the pride and even less for him, a lion-shifter king who is obviously superior to her. Landon King takes this as a personal challenge to bring this rogue lioness to heel and force her to join his pride.
Davina Golden was abandoned as a young cub and remembers very little other than her name. After barely surviving her first shift with no help from anyone, Davina quickly learned surviving on her own was painful as well as dangerous. Her ordeal has made her cold and indifferent to her people and she has no desire to seek them out. She’s spent her life drifting from place to place, accepting work here and there to survive, which sometimes included using her powers as a lioness to get what she wants. But when she meets Landon King, an arrogant lion who demands her submission and respect, she does the two things she knows best; she roars and runs. Unfortunately, she had no idea he would follow her, and worse, how much she would like it!
Love/hate the king!
Boy meets girl, a prophesy is involved, and the HEA is achieved. It's simple, it’s entertaining, and the storyline moves along. It’s almost too simple for my tastes but I can't fault it for that. Varying tastes are a given. The POV’s switched back and forth between the two main characters. That in itself was a different technique. I stumbled a couple of times during the first chapter or two until I got used to this authors style of writing. I am used to feeling endeared to the characters yet I was a tad put off by the arrogance of the king. Strange as it seems, I sort of like that I don't actually love one of the main characters, it’s different. This is truly not just a cookie cutter HEA and I appreciate the subtle differences.