PRIDE OF THE LION
What promised to be an exciting series fizzles out with a dull roar. Readers who have read the previous books will find more of the same: Woman frees shifter from cursed imprisonment, has hot sex, kills time until demons attack, repeat. The sex is off-the-charts steamy, but even readers new to the series will feel there’s a lot of hurry-up-and-wait here, and the climactic scene feels forced and lacks tension. The self-references writer Araminta makes to being a heroine in her own series are frustratingly obvious, and the next book in the series appears to promise much of the same. Here’s hoping bad boy Mordecai gets his own book.
Araminta Davenport’s writing career is finally taking off. Her second book is about to come out and she’s been invited to an exclusive convention. When she meets Leander, however, she learns the series she created from her dreams is actually reality, and she and Leander have 24 hours to avoid Hades — or he’ll claim their souls. (SAMHAIN, Jul., 264 pp., $15.00)