Title: Born This Way
Author: Poppy Dennison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 115 Pages
Category: Paranormal Romance
At a Glance: The Liger is pretty much my new favorite animal.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: Dayton Whitmore injures his arm playing basketball with his lion-shifter friends, and his best friend asks Dayton to check on her estranged brother Hart while he’s in Atlanta visiting a specialist. Though Dayton and Hart were never close, he grudgingly agrees.
Banishment from his pride meant Hart Sherman could never see his family again. His liger heritage—a tiger mother and lion father—was a thorn in his alpha father’s side. He always planned to go back for Dayton, the man he knows is his mate, but he uses his career as an entertainment attorney as an excuse to avoid risking Dayton’s rejection. When Dayton shows up unannounced on his doorstep, Hart wants nothing more than to claim him.
Knowing what it means to be a lion’s mate, Dayton isn’t in any hurry to make a lifetime commitment. To convince Dayton he’s serious, Hart must come to terms with the circumstances of his birth—and find a place in the pride for them both.
Review: Dayton Whitmore lives a simple life. Or at least he tries to, but simple is just a bit relative when you’re a human whose only family is a pride of lion shifters.
Dayton is a high school history teacher and his life really is fairly quiet, aside from the fact that his best friend happens to be the daughter of the pride alpha, and her brother… well, Hart is a lion/tiger hybrid who’s been rejected by his mother and banished from the pride by his father, and hasn’t seen or spoken to Dayton in years, which was a condition of Hart’s banishment—no contact whatsoever with any member of the pride, even the adopted human one.
But really, why would Hart have any desire to contact Dayton anyway? He loathes the man, or that’s what Dayton has believed all the years he’s known Hart and Tawny—that’s Dayton’s BFF and Hart’s sister, by the way. Well, Tawny’s a bit of a pushy matchmaker, that’s what she is, but thank goodness she is because if it weren’t for her running interference, Dayton would maybe never have seen Hart again in this lifetime. Hart might never have reconnected with the man he’s known for so long as his mate, and now Hart’s ready to claim what’s his. The only problem is getting Dayton to agree to hop on the Fate train to Matetown and enjoy the ride.
Paranormal Poppy Dennison delivers some growly fun and alpha-romantical sexy bits, along with a little danger to crank things up a notch in Born This Way, the story of two men figuring out how to turn primal needs and physical wants into a bond that will mean a lifetime.
There’s a battle for control of the pride brewing, and the one who wants it spells nothing but trouble with a capital Yipes! for Dayton, who’s already at a huge disadvantage just being human, not to mention being Hart’s intended mate. Well, it all turns out to be a bit of a bloody mess, really, but Poppy Dennison knows how to write her way into and out of a conflict and then on to a happy ending, which is a good thing for both Hart and Dayton, and her readers.
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