Taming the Lion (Shifter Wars Book 3)

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Pack bonds are tested in the Shifter Wars as the lion heir must choose between his legacy and his mate.
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Title: Taming the Lion
Author: Kerry Adrienne
Series: Shifter Wars
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press


For Marco, heir to the lions’ throne, seizing control of the Cave of Whispers from the bear clan is more than just a quest—it’s fulfilling the legacy of his breed. But the latest crusade has left Marco gravely wounded in enemy territory and in the hands of Alicia, healer for the bears. An irresistibly sensuous adversary,

​Alicia presents a serious problem. She carries the scent of a mate.
Drawn to this dominant master of his den, Alicia knows her allegiance has been compromised. His brooding sexuality is testing her defenses, but falling in love with Marco means falling in league with a rival shifter. And turning her back on the bears in a time of war is a lethal move.

Two breeds united by destiny could inspire a peaceful new future for their opposing clans—or ignite the fiercest battle yet and destroy all of Deep Creek forever.
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An excerpt from TAMING THE LION
Copyright © Kerry Adrienne 2017
“Go away.” His voice barely a whisper on the thick summer air. “I’ll kill you.”

Alicia gripped the scalpel. She could slide it across his neck in a flash, and it’d be over. No one would have to know. A mercy killing, of sorts. Though she’d be lying to herself to categorize it as such.

Her grandmother’s words echoed. Alicia was a healer, not a killer.

From the looks of the lion’s shirt, already dark, yet now wet with blood, he might not recover even with her best efforts to save him. The scent of gunpowder and burnt flesh peppered the blood-laden air. The lions had left him to die under a bush in bear territory, shot in the shoulder.

She shook her head and settled to the ground on her knees. “I’m not going anywhere.” The strength of her voice hid her fear, though he might sense it anyway. His scent was that of a strong and confident shifter, even in his current state.

He looked at her.

She blinked, trying to calm the adrenaline rush that shot through her. His eyes, mesmerizing and wide, lured her in, and she couldn’t turn away. Deep green or maybe brown or even both, they were a color she’d never seen and his gaze was magnetic. Her mouth went dry.

He was her sworn enemy. Sexy, but injured.

She glanced to the sky, but didn’t see Grandmother Hawk. Typical. Recently, she’d started leaving Alicia to figure out the moral decisions on her own, trusting that she would make the right one.

Part of the training.

“Shit.” The scalpel had warmed in her hands, and the sun glinted off the blade in a flash of silvery-white. What would her grandmother do? No doubt, she’d help the lion. Maybe she wouldn’t tell the bears, who she was loyal to, but she’d never let a lion die if she could heal him. She’d never intentionally let anyone die on her watch.

“War is for the weak minded,” she’d always said. Alicia was beginning to think she was right. Why couldn’t shifters all get along?

Because the damn lions wanted the bears’ territory. If they’d stayed in their own area, none of the bloodshed would’ve happened. Even though Alicia had heard the stories of the lions and bears and wolves sharing the cave, the actuality felt as foreign as items in an ancient history book. As remote as a fairy tale.

Fantasy.

“Go.” He turned away, but she could still see the strain on his face as he winced.

His black hair, falling to his shoulders, was damp and matted. How early in the battle had he been wounded? He was bound to be dehydrated.

“I’m here to help. Like it or not.” She slid the scalpel into its sheath and back into the pocket of her pack. Her earlier assessment was correct. The lion was no threat at the moment. He could barely move. The rise and fall of his chest showed his respirations were high and labored. Blood loss was nearing the severe level.

He needed help before his body went into shock.

She looked back toward the trail to make sure she was alone. If Griff or Derek found out about him, the lion wouldn’t need help anymore and her time as medic would be over.

She’d worry about that another day. She had a lion to save.

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Taming the Lion (Shifter Wars Book 3) by [Adrienne, Kerry]Taming the Lion

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Author: Kerry Adrienne

Series: Shifter Wars

Print Length: 352 Pages

Publication Date: August 14, 2017


 

The Shifter Wars have come and gone. There were losses on both sides. Now it’s time for Alicia to do what she was meant to do. That of saving the wound. But, on her last outing, she came across her destiny.

Marco heir to the lions’ throne, was severally wounded and in the enemy territory. Expecting to die, until one bear shifter refused to let him do so.

Taming the Lion was everything I was expecting. The romance between Marco and Alicia developed throughout the story, so when they finally got together it felt believable. But, you know what happens when two different being from two different worlds trying to obtain happiness. There is always someone on the opposite side trying to destroy said happiness. Well in Marco and Alicia case their happiness may cause a bigger war than what just occurred.

Taming the Lion was fast paced with good chemistry between the two main characters. This is a great book for any paranormal fan.

Shifter Wars Series:

Waking the Bear (Shifter Wars Book 1)
Waking the Bear (Shifter Wars #1)

Pursuing the Bear (Shifter Wars Book 2)
Pursuing the Bear (Shifter Wars #2)

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Kerry Adrienne

Biography

USA Today bestselling author Kerry Adrienne loves history, science, music and art. She’s a mom to three daughters, many cats, and a panther chameleon named Yoda. She loves live music and traveling most anywhere.

In addition to being an author, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, editor, and bad guitar player. Recently, she adopted the sweetest tiger named Rajah at a local tiger sanctuary and is training to educate people about conservation of the species, feed the animals at the sanctuary, and make enrichment items for wild cats big and small.

For a free book, and the latest news (and contests) be sure to sign up for Kerry’s newsletter at http://kerryadrienne.com/newsletter/.

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Taming the Lion (Shifter Wars Book 3) by [Adrienne, Kerry]

Title: Taming the Lion
Author: Kerry Adrienne
Series: Shifter Wars
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Publisher: Carina Press
Format: Digital and Paperback
ISBN: 9781460397510


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Pack bonds are tested in the Shifter Wars as the lion heir must choose between his legacy and his mate

For Marco, heir to the lions’ throne, seizing control of the Cave of Whispers from the bear clan is more than just a quest—it’s fulfilling the legacy of his breed. But the latest crusade has left Marco gravely wounded in enemy territory and in the hands of Alicia, healer for the bears. An irresistibly sensuous adversary, Alicia presents a serious problem. She carries the scent of a mate.

Drawn to this dominant master of his den, Alicia knows her allegiance has been compromised. His brooding sexuality is testing her defenses, but falling in love with Marco means falling in league with a rival shifter. And turning her back on the bears in a time of war is a lethal move.

Two breeds united by destiny could inspire a peaceful new future for their opposing clans—or ignite the fiercest battle yet and destroy all of Deep Creek forever.

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Taming the Lion Excerpt

Copyright © 2017 Kerry Adrienne

“Let’s do this.” Alicia wiped the sweat from her forehead, tugged her medic pack higher on her shoulder, and trudged deeper into the forest, away from the cave.

            Every muscle burned and her head throbbed. Surely she’d found all the wounded bears by now.

            Cant take a chance Ive missed anyone. Too many lost already.

            Once she was positive all bears were accounted for, she’d collapse into bed. But until then, she’d search. The air hung heavy with the dank odor of battle, dried blood, and the ghosts of violence. A full day had passed, but Deep Creek was forever scarred from the agony that had ripped shifters apart on its forest floors.

            Healing would take more than bandages and incense.

            Damn lions. Always looking for a fight. The bears wouldn’t forget the day the lions attacked.

            “Alicia?” The voice sounded from behind her, a hint of agitation in the tone. “Where are you going?”

            She paused, steeling herself, and then turned.

            Derek.

            Concern clouded his face. Rarely one to show stress, the battle had shaken him profoundly, and deep hollows had formed under his eyes. Shell-shocked, yet still the strong alpha always concerned about those he cared about. Bria was fortunate to have such a powerful protector as mate.

            “I’m checking for wounded.” Alicia pushed a lock of red hair behind her ear and cinched her ponytail. The after-battle taste of nausea and heat burned her throat and sat in her stomach like a rock. She didn’t need to hear Derek’s speech, but she knew it was coming.

            “Alone?” He put his hands on his hips.

            “I’ll be back before dark—there are several hours of daylight left.” A tingle of dread traveled up her spine. Though she loved being a medic and healer, battlefield trauma treatment was a bit beyond her training.

            “You shouldn’t be by yourself. The lions might be prowling around looking for their own wounded. Or a stray bear to ambush.” Derek’s hair hung loose and limp around his shoulders. His beard was scraggly and he had a dark bruise over his eyebrow.

            She’d never seen him look so rough.

            Of course he’d try to stop her. He wasn’t being bossy. He worried. “I need to check thoroughly. Just in case.” He wasn’t the only one who worried, but she’d never forgive herself if she missed a wounded bear.

            He tromped toward her, his steps heavy with exhaustion. “I’ll help. We’ve lost too many friends and family already. I’m not losing you too.”

            “There’s nothing you can do to help.”

            He stared into the forest and sniffed the air. “I can shift and we can cover more ground.”

            “Go back to the cave. I’m sure Bria needs you right now. She’s been exposed to so many new things, some violent, in a short amount of time. I know she’s a strong woman, but it’s a tremendous amount for a human to process. She’s been thrown into the middle of this war, unprepared.”

            Derek scowled. “I know.”

            She touched his shoulder and looked into his eyes. “She needs you by her side, not left alone with a bunch of grumpy and wounded bears.”

            He pulled away. “But she’s safe in the cave. You aren’t.”

            “Seriously?” Alicia crossed her arms and formed the sourest face she could fake. “You really think I can’t take care of myself? I’ve been doing it a long time.”

            “It’s not that.”

            “Then what? The lions have gone home with their tails between their legs.”

            “I worry about you.” His voice softened.

            “I know you do, and I appreciate it. I’m going to check the brush on the way to the creek then I’ll be back. I won’t be gone more than an hour or two.”

            His scowl deepened, and he chewed his lip hard, annoyance flashing in his features. “You’re so stubborn.”

            “Your mate needs you. Go.”

            She almost smiled, but held back. It was easy to see why Bria was attracted to Derek. He’d always been a good friend, looking out for Alicia as they grew up together in the clan. Sometimes he was overprotective, but she understood why most women swooned over him.

            Who didn’t want a giant bear hug from a good-looking and sweet man?

 Other Books in the Shifter Wars Series

 WAKING THE BEAR

Waking the Bear (Shifter Wars Book 1) by [Adrienne, Kerry]

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 PURSUING THE BEAR

Pursuing the Bear (Shifter Wars Book 2) by [Adrienne, Kerry]

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About Kerry Adrienne

Kerry Adrienne

USA Today bestselling author Kerry Adrienne is repped by Marisa Corvisiero at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Kerry writes in many sub-genres of romance including paranormal, science fiction, erotic, m/m, time travel, and many more.

She loves history, science, music, and art and is the mom to three daughters, many cats, and various other small animals. She loves live music and traveling most anywhere. In addition to being an author, she’s a college instructor, artist, costumer, editor, and bad guitar player.

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Pursuing the Bear (Shifter Wars #2)

The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets

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Genre: Paranormal

Series: Shifter Wars #2

Publisher: Carina Press

Publication Date: November 28th, 2016

Characters: Derek, Bria


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Bear shifters exist. Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she’s returned to the forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the world. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek’s wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria. His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they’re ready for war. Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.

If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she’ll bring out the worst of both sides. But Derek can’t hide his secrets from the love of his life forever. He knows they’re playing with fire—and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone’s bound to get burned.

In the Shifter Wars series, the war has begun, and by the end, there won’t be a clear victor.

Pursuing the Bear is the best in the series so far. Bria as a child witness a magical event which lead her to her future career. Now to make tenured in her professional field, she must utilize what she seen as a child. To do that she must go back to the forest and hopefully gain more knowledge of the paranormal event which may change everything wished for.

I think some people may even relate to the Bria character. Besides having the pressure of making tenured, her over achieving parents who are also Professors is putting the pressure on Bria to make a name for herself. But once she returns to Deer Creek and meets ranger Derek Poole all the pressure in a way was off. I like how Derek was the shy type that knew what he wanted, but didn’t come off to strong.  You could really tell that Derek wasn’t one of those alpha bears. But as soon as Bria was caught up in the war between the lions and bears Derek whole persona changed.

Pursuing the Bear was a fast pace and well developed tell. Even though this is the 2nd book for the Shifter Wars series, this book can be read as a stand-alone.

 

Waking the Bear (Broken Chains #1)

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Sexy shifter passion is awakened when two unlikely lovers are challenged by secrets, danger and an unstoppable need to claim one’s mate…

For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by a distraction like Griff Martin, commanding yet gentle, too ferociously sensual to ignore. It’s clear that patrolling the forest is more than a job to Griff—it’s a means of survival. But what Amy doesn’t realize is she’s reawakened the beast within him.

Griff’s dormant hunger is stirred by this intoxicating woman…and threatened by the secret she must never learn. Duty-bound to defend his bear clan against an avenging pride of lion shifters, Griff’s entire world is upended when he meets Amy. His animal need to claim his mate has taken hold, but that very desire could seal her fate as an unwitting pawn in battle.

Now, as a shifter war looms, Griff must decide between letting Amy go or following his most carnal instincts. To have her would change his life…but risk everything he knows and was born to protect.

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  Waking the Bear is the 1st book in Kerry Adrienne new series Broken Chains.

Amy Francis needed a place to vacation alone, long enough to decide what she would do with the rest of her life.  So when she came across the listen for a cabin in Deep Creak she hoped at the chance.  Just coming out of a bad relationship, she wasn’t looking to immediately fall into another one, until she meets the owner of the cabin Parker Ranger Griff Martin.

Griff Martin and his pack members are preparing to go to war with the lion pack.  With the distraction of war and his old enemy showing up, he forgets to remove his cabin from the realtors rental properties list. But when he meets his new tenant, all bets are off.

Griff must find some way of keeping Amy in Deep Creek and keep her hidden from his enemies.

Waking the Bear was a good shifter romance. The story was short, but otherwise steady. This book set the stage nicely for the other titles. I will definitely be reading the other titles in this series…just to see the outcome of the war.

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Print Length: 212 pages

Publisher: Carina Press

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

Series: Broken Chains #1

Characters: Griff, Amy