Lost City Shifters: Rebellion by Eleri Stone
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.
Kneeling at the river’s edge, he filled his cupped hands with cool water, splashing some of it over his face and drinking as much as he thought his stomach could handle. His anger dissolved with his sweat and fear, leaving behind a sort of calm determination to face what might very well be his last moments with dignity. He felt deeply ashamed for having yelled at a woman who was only trying to help him, as misguided as the attempt was. “A more exciting way to die…” God, he was an asshole.
Exhaustion made every movement a lesson in agony, but he forced himself to straighten and walk to her side.
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that, any of it. This is my mess. You shouldn’t even be here.”
She barely glanced at him before returning her attention to the trees, but one corner of her mouth tugged up in amusement. “You’re the one who shouldn’t be here, wolf. Don’t worry for my sake.”
There was a shout as they were discovered. His body tightened in fear, but the woman’s smile widened to a grin. His breath hitched at the sight of that glittering smile, all teeth and daring. Hair raised all along his arms and blood rushed to his cock. Slammed by conflicting urges, he froze. She wasn’t giving up, and even though he couldn’t imagine what she had planned when they were both naked and unarmed, he felt a faint stirring of hope at the sight of the half-crazed grin on her face. She caught his arm and turned him around toward the cliff. Oh, fuck no.
“And here you thought our little jog was exciting,” she said, tugging when he stopped walking.
When he dug in his heels, she gave a little shrug and dropped his arm. “Your choice.”
An eighty-foot drop with nowhere good to land. “I can’t—”
“If you stay here, you’ll die. Follow me and you have a chance.”
She glanced up, over his shoulder and the expression of fierce determination on her face shifted subtly when she lowered her gaze to meet his. Regret. But she didn’t stay to argue him past his fear. Instead, she simply pivoted, took three quick running steps and hurled herself off the cliff. He stumbled to the edge to watch her fall, all sprawling arms and legs until she pulled herself into a tight little arrow that slipped right between two black razor teeth into the water.
It was a god-awful long way down.
He saw her head bob to the surface a moment later and then she began to swim toward the edge of the pool. Pushing off the ground with shaking hands, he fought the urge to vomit. The sweat coating his body suddenly felt cold. Footsteps sounded behind him, running hard.
He’d always been uncomfortable with heights, and the memory of crashing through the trees was still clear in his mind. But he had no choice. He knew there was no other way out of this, but a part of him—a shamefully large part—would rather take the bullet.
Before he let himself think about that too much, he drew back from the edge and ran full out toward the drop.
Q: Tell our readers why you think they’ll enjoy Lost City Shifters: Rebellion
A: The Lost City Shifters series is about an isolated kingdom of jaguar shapeshifters living in the Amazon rainforest, their rigidly traditional society and their struggle to adapt to the pressures of the modern world. Rebellion is a star-crossed lovers story about Taya, a jaguar warrior who has devoted her life to protecting her people and Cole, an American wolf shifter whose Pack-owned pharmaceutical company has sent him to negotiate a treaty with the Yaguara. Political intrigue. Deep prejudices. Steamy sex.
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 Lost City Shifters: Rebellion?
A: My favorite quote from Lost City Shifters: Rebellion is:
“I’m not going to let you tell yourself this is about obligation or a stupid bet. I need to know that you really want to do this. I need to hear you tell me.” He took a step nearer, absorbing the heat from her body, the tension in her muscles, the salt and sex smell of her. He pressed his cheek to hers, letting his whiskers scrape against delicate skin, touched his lips to her ear. “Just ask, Taya. I don’t need a contract. One word will do, any word. Try please.”
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