Publish Date: April 1st
How I got this book: eARC from author
Cole Brandt is a wolf shifter, sent by his pack to the Amazon jungle to negotiate a treaty. He’s unaware that the kingdom of jaguar shifters he’s meant to meet with has split—and Cole’s suspicion that jaguars are selfish and deceitful is confirmed when he’s seized by the rebel faction.
Taya Silveira, a jaguar shifter and fierce warrior loyal to the king, resents being assigned Cole’s rescue. She doesn’t approve of his pack’s involvement in her jungle—to her, wolves are greedy, weak creatures who will exploit the resources the Yaguara protect.
Struggling against centuries of ill will and prejudice, Cole and Taya must work together to prevent a devastating civil war. They can’t deny their physical attraction—with the heightened senses of shifters, their desires are plain. But if they give in to passion, they may be forced to choose between staying with their tribes, or staying together.
*Blurb from Goodreads*
This was my first book from Stone, and since I’m such a big sucker for paranormal shifter romance, I was quick to accept this review. I’m so glad I did too, since it was a fun and different twist on the shifter world.
Cole is headed to the jungle to work out the details of the treaty with the Yaguara Cats. However, his plane is shot out of the sky before he even reaches them, and he is taken into rebel hands. The least suspecting rescue comes in the shape of a small yet fierce woman who takes Cole on a journey through the jungle he would never forget.
But their trip back to Taya’s home is just the start of their problems. Now they have a traitor to find, a treaty to work on, and an attraction that neither of them can deny. As the conflict heats up to unbearable temperatures, so does the spark between them. But they might not get the chance to move forward with their relationship, as the Yaguara tribe begins to crumble.
I really enjoyed this book, it was a little different than most shifter books. especially in the setting. I liked being in the jungle with a tribe of cats that is so old school they have kept themselves excluded from the outside world for centuries. Plus, Stone did a wonderful job of mixing in old folklore with her story. I thought that Stone did a good job of being unique with the setting of her book. It’s not very often that we get to explore the jungle, and I loved that she brought the lost city of El Dorado into her world. It was a fun and different and I really enjoyed the change of scenery.
The relationship between Cole and Taya was so great as well. I loved that they both had to overcome their negative reactions to one another in order to move forward with their relationship. Taya had to come to terms with the fact that her stereotype of who wolves are wasn’t correct, and that Cole didn’t want to keep her at home barefoot and pregnant. Cole had to come to terms with the fact that Taya is a warrior, just as strong physically as she is mentally. It was a great battle of the wits between these two, and I adored their courtship.
I really enjoyed the overall story in this book as well. I’m definitely going to have to go back and read the other books in the series. I liked that the two tribes came head-to-head in this book. They had been brutally fighting, and with this book they mix old school gladiator traditions with new school negotiations to finally resolve all their issues. It was a fun and great read.
All in all I really enjoyed Stone’s third book in the Lost City Shifters series. The characters were so enjoyable and the setting was a wonderful change of pace. I’m anxious to go back and read Stone’s backlist, as well as any future books in the series.
I give Rebellion a B.