Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Lion's Secret Love by Trinity Blacio

Title: The Lion’s Secret Love
Series: Masters of the Cats, 6
Author: Trinity Blacio
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Genre and Pairing: Paranormal and M/M/F/M, M/F/M, M/F
Page Count: 271 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
In this sixth title in the best-selling Masters of the Cats series, cat shifter Opal Vanberth was young for her kind, but she knew she had an old soul. And she had always felt more comfortable with humans than her own kind. Maybe it was the fact she had been raised by a human heroin addict, or that she had been in and out of foster care for most of her life. One thing was for sure, she never expected men like River, Rhodes and Zanger to be hers. And she always worried something else would take her happiness away, as it always did.

River-Wander had studied in universities unknown to humans, fought beasts that would make any man run in fear and created a warrior species, which he was the leader of, to protect the world around him. But so far, he wasn’t doing a very good job of protecting his own meru. Rhodes, Zanger and River have bonded together and were determined to protect their female, even if it meant one of them must leave their fold for a dangerous mission. Can River hold his family together, knowing what his weru, Zanger, must do to survive? Or should he take his family and leave Earth all together?

Opal has become known as the prankster. But her pranks hide a painful past, so when her past rears its head in an unexpected way, can her men help her accept and move forward?
The Lion’s Secret Love by Trinity Blacio is the latest in her Masters of the Cats series. Opal has been fighting the claim Rhodes and Zanger have been making and as their kith is incomplete, they have been allowing it. But when River enters the picture everything changes.
I enjoyed seeing the happiness Opal brought to her friends. Her pranks are all in good fun even as they allow her to keep her distance. I loved that Ms. Blacio didn’t allow that to continue even as she peeled back the layers of Opal’s pain. I enjoyed seeing River, Rhodes an Zanger figure out how to work together to support their family. River has a history with Opal and while you would think that would give him a leg up, in fact, Ms. Blacio made sure it added a different dimension to this kith’s dynamics. I enjoyed seeing Opal and the woman bring their men kicking and screaming into equality. These women are strong and refused to have their worth marginalized. I enjoyed the twists Ms. Blacio put on their battle of the sexes that popped out throughout this story and series. And while I enjoyed this story overall, I will note that Ms. Blacio had some consistency issues. For example, prior to reading this story, I binge read the previous books (by the way this series is best read in chronological order). And the names of previous characters changed, not just from book to book but also within this current story. These errors pulled me out of the story as I struggled to figure out who Ms. Blacio meant. In spite of this I did enjoy the overall story and look forward to where Ms. Blacio will take us next.

                      Four twinkling Stars

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