Kisri is a lioness shifter and member of the royal family. Peace has recently been declared however most of Kisri’s family has been claimed by the war and she is in need of protection. As a female of royal blood she has a very large dowry. She is also very beautiful and men are aggressively seeking to mate her in an effort to claim her fortune. Kisri has no intention of being claimed by anyone and so she seeks out her cousin Malrion, the High Lord of the plains for protection. In her journey she meets Ennon, Malrion’s first warrior. He is charged by his longtime friend the High Lord to see to it that Kisri makes her destination safely. Ennon has no interest in claiming a mate. He is a warrior at heart, however he cannot deny the attraction he feels for Kisri. Because he wants nothing from her, Kisri finds Ennon especially appealing.
Kisri and the Beast is the second installment in the And The Beast series by Moira Rogers. It does not pack the emotional punch its predecessor, Sabine And The Beast did however it does keep pace with the smoldering sensuality Moira Rogers is known for.
Kisri is a not your average highborn female shifter. Because of her cousin, the High Lord of the plains, she did and learned things most females of her station would not normally be allowed to do. She learned to fight with weapons and was allowed to do many of the things the males did enforcing her already independent nature.
Ennon, a fierce warrior, is married to his job so to speak. He has no interest in taking a mate however he is not immune to the beauty of a lovely lioness. Kisri captures his attention with her independent nature and bravery. He knows she is off limits to him but the appeal of this bold lioness proves difficult to resist.
I’ve read my share of shifter stories and I have to say that I really like the relationship dynamic of the lion shifters where the women ultimately have the upper hand in the relationship. However even with that power, Kisri does not emasculate or take away from Ennon’s alpha nature. Moira Rogers creates a relationship where we have a very sexy alpha male who asserts his dominance, but the power still lies with the female lioness as she has the ability to accept or reject his claim. There is a nice balance, allowing for a position of power in the relationship for both characters, incorporating the sexy animalistic side of shifters without trampling or stifling either character.
Kisri And The Beast is a nice romance. Although the story is set in war torn land where life is dangerous, the story focuses on the relationship between Kisri and Ennon. Packed with sensuality, this is a romantic story that has a satisfying happily ever after.
“I hope you polish your manners better when you set out to woo ladies.”
“I don’t woo ladies,” he answered seriously. “They usually swoon in my presence, and then I have only to catch them.”