In the Pride’s Best Interest by Jessica Lee
Eli Novak, lion-shifter and Secretary of Ariel Estates has never been more fulfilled. Or more torn and confused in his life. No male has ever heated his blood or crept into his dreams before. Well, except for one. But that was over long before it ever started. So he’s straight, right? He loves women. Always has. So how can this strawberry-blond human male who stumbled onto their land have him questioning everything he ever thought he knew about himself.
Shayne Matthews is lost in the Smokey Mountains when a light in the distance leads the way to what he thinks could be a potential rescue. But it’s a decision that ends up landing him in a cell. Inside a world he never knew existed, fear turns to lust and a whirlwind of an adventure that puts him in the middle of a battle for dominance and power.
When the thirst for blood at Ariel Estates rears its ugly head once more, Eli is forced into a triangle of options where there is no right move. He must choose between his best friend, the human who’s claimed his heart, and what is in the Pride’s best interest.
Eli had to put a stop to it. The human raked him with his gaze as if he were the most delicious dessert in the baker’s window. Everywhere the man’s perusal lingered made his flesh tingle, his pulse beat just a little a too fast.
“What?” The male, called Shayne according to the ID inside his backpack, squared his shoulders then shook his head. “Uh. No. You…uhm…you just weren’t what I was expecting after my run in with your security team.”
“And just what were you expecting?” Eli snagged a chair from outside the cell and brought it inside. He straddled the wood, eased down on the seat, and propped his arms over the back, facing Shayne. Folding over the cuffs on his shirtsleeves, Eli shoved them closer to his elbows. His prisoner watched every move, jade green eyes tracking his progress. Christ. Eli couldn’t help but wonder if the man had any idea how adorable he was even with the angry abrasion on one of his cheeks? Freckles dotted his nose and the tops of his cheekbones. Soft strawberry blond waves brushed his forehead in that just got out of bed look. He had an athlete’s body—long, lean, young, and resilient.
Only one of the many reasons he was not his type.
“I don’t know.” Shayne shrugged. “Someone packing a lot more weapons—more SWAT team than Trump Tower.”
Sarcasm in the face of the unknown. He liked that. This Shayne was either quite brave or a complete idiot.
“I see.” Eli nodded. “I’m Eli Novak. I’m in charge here and was informed that you, Shayne Matthews, were caught trespassing.”
Shayne’s head snapped to attention. “How do you know my name?”
Eli pointed to the male’s bag.
“Oh yeah. Right. You searched my backpack.”
“The one you threw at my officers.”
“Yeah.” He sighed and lowered his forearms onto his thighs, dropping his head for a moment before meeting Eli’s gaze once more. “I’m real sorry about that. I may have…overreacted a little. But it’s not every day a guy gets a gun put to his head.”
“Why did you try to sneak onto our land?”
“I was lost.” His Adam’s apple bobbed. “I’ve been lost for a couple of days, and I saw your streetlight.” He rubbed his palms over his thighs and rocked back, straightening his spine. “I just wanted to find a ride, man.” Shayne shook his head. “That’s all.”
Eli studied the other male’s face, searching for a twitch, any sign of a lie. “You climbed a ten-foot fence in the middle of the night because you needed a ride.” He pushed from his chair, positioning himself directly in front of Shayne.
“That’s it.” Shayne stared up at him. “I don’t care whatever this place is or what you’re doing here,” he said, the words spilling out in a rush, his voice rising a notch as Eli closed the distance between them. “I was just lost, trying to get home.”
Eli wanted to believe him, but he couldn’t take that chance. Silas Murdoch, his best friend and pride leader of Ariel Estates, trusted him to protect the pride in his absence. Calling on his preternatural strength, he reached down and yanked the male from the cot by his shirt. Shayne’s breath hitched, and he grasped at the fist holding him. Eli shoved him against the cell’s cement rear wall. He had no intentions of hurting the human…yet. Not if what he’d said was the truth. Eli only wanted to put a little fear in him.
Q: Tell our readers why you think they’ll enjoy In the Pride’s Best Interest
A: This story is about forbidden love between a alpha lion-shifter and an unsuspecting human male. Their history/baggage alone make it a difficult mountain to climb to be together. But add in the fact one of them isn’t even human, and their are those among the pride that would rather see them dead than to risk a human among them, make for what I hope is a nail-biting reading adventure.
Q: You may have noticed we like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from In the Pride’s Best Interest?
A: My favorite quote from In the Pride’s Best Interest is:
“You know, you don’t always have to handle everything by yourself. An island can be a very lonely place when you refuse to ever light a signal fire for rescue.”
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