Monday, July 25, 2011

Review Hour of the Lion by Cherise Sinclair

Title: Hour of the Lion
Author: Cherise Sinclair
Source: Publisher Request
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook, 223 pgs
Release Date: June 15, 2011
Author Website
Hour of the Lion Book Cover

As a dedicated covert ops agent, Victoria Morgan follows two rules: accomplish the mission and protect the innocent. When bitten by a werecat -- yeah, that was a sucky day -- she must investigate beings that shouldn't exist and are hard as hell to identify. Just how can she tell if a person is human -- or an animal-shifter who enjoys Bambi-sized snacks?

During her investigation, she finds a real home and friends for the first time. Sweet, right? But there's a flip-side: the bad guys are waiting for her to turn into something four-legged with a tail, the shifters suspect her of spying, and she has fallen in love with a pair of Thumper-eating werecougar brothers.

Her duty is to expose their existence. Or she could follow her heart and protect them with all of her deadly skills.

Bat Divider

Rating -
An Alpha Howl

Sexual -
Four Alarm Fire #@!%$

My Review:

Sinclair blends shifters (werecats, werebears, werewolves, oh my), OtherFolk (dwarfs, sprites, "bush-thingies, tree-thingies ... fire-thingies", gnomes, pixies), a drug lord, a rogue ex-marine and a romance between a woman and two brothers to create a unique supernatural world in this paranormal romance. This might sound like a fantasy with all of the OtherFolk, but it isn't ... well maybe a fantasy for me. {grin}

Tony Vidal, Seattle's vicious drug lord, has Parkinson's and is looking for an unconventional cure.

Vic, a foul mouthed marine-trained CIA covert ops agent on medical leave, wakes up in the middle of a solo rescue operation gone bad. She and the victim are tied up on the floor and there is a young naked teenage boy, Lachlan, in a cage in the corner. Kidnapper tortures kid with cattle prod until he shifts into a cougar - Vic is stunned, can't believe her eyes. She doesn't believe in "woo-woo stuff". She's forced into the cage with the cat and it is made to bite and maul her. Lachlan tells her to go to his grandpa. She rents a house in Cold Creek "and of all the men in town, she had to get horny over a cop and her new boss." Vic thinks, "That was against the unwritten code — lusting after brothers, and so not like her."

I love the humor and great lines in this story such as:
"Act any dumber and I might as well be a guy."
"Werecat bites — not for the faint of heart."
"Knocking munchkins ass-over-teakettle just wasn't done."
"But hell, they were just men — another term for clueless..."

When Cold Creek Sheriff, Alec, meets Vic going through a window of the house she's just rented, "everything inside him came to a halt". His brother, Calum, owner of Wild Hunt, the local pub, is just as blown away by her.

One night she walks into what she thinks is a private party at the bar she's working at and it is on! She and Alec are so into each other, he drapes her over his shoulder and takes her to a room upstairs. Alec is surprised at his reaction to having sex with Vic, "...this joining felt different. ... under his hands [she] felt just right, his release more satisfying ... fulfilling... how could that be?" Vic is terrified, Alec "satisfied her as no man had before, he'd touched a part of her she kept well-hidden."

The chemistry between Vic and the brothers, Alec and Calum, is explosive. There is a scene on the floor on cushions in front of the fireplace which is hot. And another steamy scene in a hot-springs fed pond in a cave with Calum - yummy ... a hot scene on the bar in the pub ... over the back of the couch in front of the fireplace, oh my ... a smokin' hot threesome - Vic and the brothers with some anal penetration.

The story line is great, the characters are vivid and the world is unusual in terms of the shifters. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and hope there will be more books set in this world with these characters.

Warning Spoiler Alert!!!
This has a HEA ending.



  1. Awesome review and awesome read! This new world of Sinclair's is top-notch. A definite must-read! Thanks for the review. :)

  2. Oh my Gosh, I have this book on my Amazon Wishlist!! I was browsing the Kindle store a while back and came accross this book. It had fantastic reviews over there too. Small World. I'll have to hint (not so subtlely) to my honey about this one moving to the top of the queue :) Thanks WildaboutBones

  3. @redzsm: LOL in the book, chocolate chip cookies are used as a payment of sorts ... maybe that will work with your honey too.

    @Barbara: Thanks, You're right this is an "awesome read"

  4. @WildAboutBones: I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you for an awesome review. I love the 'Alpha Howl'! :-)

    @barbara: Thank you so much!
    @redzsm: It's always fun to find ways to bribe a honey. LOL I hope you like the story.


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