Book Reviews

In the Pride's Best Interest (Ariel Estates 2) by Jessica Lee at Resplendence Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 21-March-2013

Book Blurb

Eli Novak, lion-shifter and Secretary of Ariel Estates has never been more fulfilled. Or more torn and confused in his life. No male has ever heated his blood or crept into his dreams before. Well, except for one. But that was over long before it ever started. So he’s straight, right? He loves women. Always has. So how can this strawberry-blond human male who stumbled onto their land have him questioning everything he ever thought he knew about himself.

Shayne Matthews is lost in the Smokey Mountains when a light in the distance leads the way to what he thinks could be a potential rescue. But it’s a decision that ends up landing him in a cell. Inside a world he never knew existed, fear turns to lust and a whirlwind of an adventure that puts him in the middle of a battle for dominance and power.

When the thirst for blood at Ariel Estates rears its ugly head once more, Eli is forced into a triangle of options where there is no right move. He must choose between his best friend, the human who’s claimed his heart, and what is in the Pride’s best interest.

Book Review

The Ariel Estates Pride is back and this time with a delicious new issue. Last time it was the male pride leader, Silas, taking Theo, another male, and a wolf shifter at that, as a lover. This time it is worse. Not just does Eli, the pride's secretary, not want to be gay, he lusts after Shayne, a human. Some pride members believe that telling humans about shifters puts them at risk, so letting one of them onto pride lands and into Eli's bed is grounds for deep worry – and definitive action.

Shayne is a great guy, and he urgently needs a break after taking care of his mother and losing her to cancer six months earlier. A hiking trip into the mountains is just what he needs – except he finds anything but peace and quiet. He can be stubborn, relentless when he wants to figure something out, and doesn't give up easily. He is also very courageous and stands up to Eli even when he finally finds out the man is actually a lion shifter.

Eli is stubborn as well, only he keeps insisting the pride is more important than his own happiness. Yes, they'll have to deal with yet another unusual pairing, but Silas is very encouraging, and not everyone in the pride is homophobic. Granted, the ones who are have very loud voices, and disgusting persistence, but the vast majority will survive. It just takes Eli a long time to get the point.

Just like the first book, this one is about prejudice and how people deal with it. Some face it head-on and try to understand, others withdraw into their safe little world and damn anything that is different. If you like stories which examine those different ways of living and what happens when they collide, if you enjoy books where entire belief systems are questioned, and if you're looking for all of that and want a very hot relationship on top, you should give this one a try. I definitely liked it as much as the first one.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 157 pages/53014 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-March-2013
Price $5.99 ebook
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