The Panther’s Heart (Wildcat Hills Pride #1) by Liza Kay ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

thepanthersheart510web-500x750Title: The Panther’s Heart (Wildcat Hills Pride #1)

Author: Liza Kay

Publisher: eXtasy

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/01/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

When you lose your fated mate, will you be brave enough to accept a second chance?

Persian cat shifter Thony Cavanaugh has been in love with his best friend, Alan Abramowitz, for three years. Although Thony and Alan are fated mates, only Thony seems to feel the bond between them. Afraid of getting rejected by the strong beta, Thony doesn’t have the guts to confront Alan with his feelings. But everyone has a breaking point.

Alan reached that point sixteen years earlier, when he met his mate, the biker Jon, only to lose him to a terrible accident. Jon’s death almost killed Alan, and it left his heart battered and bruised. Oblivious to the connection he shares with Thony, and suppressing his feelings for the Persian cat to keep his heart intact, Alan spends his life working as beta and accountant for Alpha Xander. After all, shifters don’t get a second chance. Or so he thinks.

Then a fight between the two friends gets out of hand. Thony pushes Alan away, demanding they take a break from each other. And suddenly, Alan realizes that losing Thony could break his heart for good.

If you like fickle cats and enjoy stubborn men who have to fight for their happiness, don’t miss this shifter romance!

My View:

The Pather’s Heart by Liza Kay is the start of a potentially enjoyable shifter series. While the themes dealt with in Pather’s Heart can be considered heavy, the story doesn’t weight you down. The characters are rich, and their bonds are unmistakable.

Technically, The Panther’s Heart is the first in a new series, but there is a free story Liza wrote for the M/M Romance Group’s 2015 Don’t Read in the Closet event, How to Catch a Cheetah. Cheetah introduces the pride and the characters involved. I highly recommend reading it first, but it isn’t strictly required.

The Panther’s Heart is a friends-to-lovers tale of fated mates that almost weren’t. It deals with love, loss, grief, unrequited passion, and forgiveness. It deals with holding on too tightly and moving on when the time is right. It shows us the power that grief can hold over a person (or in this case a shifter). It teaches us about the power of fear.

This story is far from perfect. It suffers from the same lack of good editing that all stories from eXtasy seem to exhibit. It also suffers from bouts of telling rather than showing. We are told Thony and Alan are best buds. We are told that they had a falling out. Their status as the story start is somewhat ambiguous at best. Almost at war with itself. However, once you settle into who they are, their story in enjoyable.

The central love story is actually resolved fairly early in the story. Kay then uses about half of the book to set up the world and pride for the rest of the series, or at least the next few books. Thony and Alan are integral in that setup, but their love story is not.

I am looking forward to escaping with the White Hills Pride again soon.

Links

The Panther’s Heart (Wildcat Hills Pride #1) on Goodreads
eXtasy
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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