Review: Rebellion by Eleri Stone

Posted April 23, 2013 by Vampbard in 4 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating A, Reviews Tags: , , ,

Author: Eleri Stone
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Lost City Shifters #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): e-book
Book Source: Author

About the book:

     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.

What VampBards talking about:

     I’m not gonna lie.  I thought Rebellion by Eleri Stone was hot, well-written, and jumped in, paws first, using a previously unread (by me) plot premise:  a mixed (shifter) couple.  While there may be other titles out there that pair “animals” of different species, I’ve not had the pleasure of reading them.  And. I. LOVED. It!
     I have now consumed the first three titles in Ms. Stone’s series, Lost City Shifters consecutively.  I am entirely glad that I picked up the first two titles, Mercy and Redemption (reviews HERE), prior to reading Rebellion.  While this could function as a stand-alone title, I found that my appreciation of the world-building was greatly enhanced with the details from the other books. HEAT INDEX:  3.5 out of 5. Just enough to keep it interesting yet keep things completely blush-free in front of the family!
     Cole and Taya were a fabulous duo from the start.  I immediately felt the chemistry between them, during their first meeting.  Even though neither would admit it to themselves.  As the chemistry grew into something more tangible, where the characters began to question whether the inter-species thing was ‘right’, I was completely able to identify with their internal conflicts.  Would they be ostracized for their relationship?  What if it turns in to more than a fling?
     I think that Taya, the confident warrior, had the most difficult time accepting that she wanted Cole.  He was, after all, a dog.  **eyeroll**  I can’t believe that it was really even an issue.  The world-building Ms. Stone has carefully created stated that the shifters were all actually alike – the reason they took on these animal forms was due to their shifter selves taking on the likeness of the largest predator in the area when they made their transition.  That’s the teeny tiny part that niggled at the back of my brain…but it was easily overcome by the major conflict:  Taya keeping Cole alive.
     Cole, an ambassador from the wolf shifters, was simply on a fact-finding mission before his king came to the rainforest to sign a treaty/pact with the big cats.    The wolves have a scientific, ulterior motive.  Cole has to decide whether he’s willing to work within the parameters established for his safety by Taya, giving up a bit of his chest-beating, ‘I’ll protect the woman’ perspective.  I liked that part.  A. Lot.  Cole’s change of heart with regard to letting Taya, an expert in jungle warfare, ensure his and her own safety completely spoke to my inner Miss Independent, as I sang, “I am Woman”.
     I am completely enamored with Eleri Stone’s Lost City Shifters series.  I cannot wait to read future books in the series, and plan to spread the word about these action-packed quick reads!

VampBards Rating:

Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
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