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Heller doesn't like humans. Let me repeat that - Heller does not like humans.
We know this from book one in this series, when Heller is an absolute ass to Tal and Dolf's human mate Kirk, and only grudgingly accepts the mating.
In this book, 2nd in the series, Heller gets what's coming to him when he scents Lawson, human Lawson, as his destined mate. Of course, nobody, not even a cat shifter, can change such a deep-seated aversion so quickly, not even when presented with the best smell he's ever smelled in his entire life, so Heller fights it.
Lawson is no ordinary human. He's not shocked upon finding out that Heller is a were-cat, seeing how he's living with two supernatural creatures himself (the snake-like Vetalas), but he's pretty pissed off at being dismissed for being human nonetheless by our Heller kitty.
I liked how the author developed her characters here, and what obstacles she threw at them to give them reason to fight for each other. I liked that Lawson wasn't a pushover, and while he did a stupid thing, he did that for love. Of course, with this being a book about shifters, there's a mating compulsion at work, but that doesn't extend to romantic feelings - those come over time. No insta-love here.
This is shaping up to be a great series, with true love matches/matings, some action and suspense, because true love never has an easy time, and hot sexy times to round things out.
I can hardly wait for the next one. Please be writing that, Ms. Church.
** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **