Author: Cardeno C
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A Premier lion shifter, Hugh Landry dedicates his life to leading the Berk pride with strength and confidence. Hundreds of people depend on Hugh for safety, success, and happiness. And at over a century old, with more power than can be contained in one body, Hugh relies on a Siphon lion shifter to carry his excess force.
When the Siphon endangers himself and therefore the pride, Hugh must pay attention to the man who has been his silent shadow for a decade. What he learns surprises him, but what he feels astounds him even more.
Two lions, each born to serve, rely on one another to survive. After years by each other’s side, they’ll finally realize the depth of their potential, the joy in their passion, and a connection their kind has never known.
Cardeno and shifters…you just know it’s going to be good!
I have to start out by saying this isn’t my favourite Cardeno C book. The writing was fab as always, the world building has set the way for a new series BUT I spent so much time at the start of the book disliking Hugh and wanting to kick some sense into him that I still didn’t completely love him at the end of the story when he had pulled his head out of his arse. Even his inner musings seemed to big himself up in his own eyes.
Hugh is a Premier Lion Shifter who heads a pride of hundreds and to be fair he looks after his pride fairly well. As he has aged, he is now over a century old, his power has built and there becomes a point when he cannot hold all his power within himself. This is why Siphons exist. A Siphon is a lion that is linked to their leader and holds any excess power. To do this a Siphon must stay close to the leader to ensure their link is never broken.
Johnnie is the Siphon that belongs to Hugh although at the start of the story you don’t know this as nobody had ever thought to give him a name.
Johnnie has always known he was different. The unusual blue eyes were the first giveaway. Then there was the fact he had no name and was never included in any pride activities. He was kept hidden away until the time came that he was useful to his pride and even then nothing really changed except he had to stay close to Hugh. He has seen and heard everything his leader has said and done for years but has never really had a single conversation with him. He exists for one reason and nobody has ever questioned whether he was happy. Johnnie is extremely sensitive and is hurting but not one member of the pride has ever noticed.
When Johnnies actions endanger the pride Hugh is given a sharp wakeup call and is left feeling ashamed of his previous behaviour. Slowly over time Hugh stops sleeping with virtually every member of the pride, it’s a Lion thing and another way for Hugh to expend his power, and starts getting to know more about the man who quite literally keeps him alive. Not everyone is happy that Hugh seems to be only having sex with his Siphon or that the Siphon’s actions could have left them without a leader and plans are afoot to separate the two men and take over the pride.
All is well that ends well and as the connection grows between Hugh and Johnnie they realise just how powerful their connection can truly be. As the first book in a new series I enjoyed it and look forward to more, I just wasn’t overly fond of Hugh and how his initial treatment of Johnnie left him so vulnerable.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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