I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Proud Hearts by Phoenix Sullivan
Series: Wild Hearts #2
Published by Steel Magnolia Press on April 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Creatures-Lions
LOSE YOUR HEART TO WILD ROMANCE!
With the grant money needed to continue her videojournalism work with a pride of Zambian lions fast running out, Deidre (Dee) Young reluctantly signs a contract to help create a "Living WIth Lions" episode for the popular Living With... reality TV show.
Star and Hollywood idol Chris Corsair is just as arrogant and self-absorbed as Dee feared he would be. That is, until an accident forces Dee and Chris to rescue one of the pride's cubs, and Chris proves to be more than just a pretty face with a rock-hard body play-acting the hero.
But even as Chris and Dee burn up the hot nights with their new-found passion, a hunter arrives on scene determined to stop at nothing--even murder in the isolated African bush--to take home the head of Brutus, the alpha lion of Dee's beloved pride.
To save Brutus and themselves, they'll have to trust to their lions, each other, and the strength of a love that threatens to tame them all._______
All books in the Wild Hearts Romance series are standalone reads. No particular reading order suggested.
Deidre (Dee) Young, in order to continue her research she has agreed to help a TV show “Living With..” where it will feature a family of Lions, a pride that she has been studying for eight months. Its the last thing she wants to do especially when she meets the cocky actor ‘Chris Corsair’ who gets on her nerves but at the same time makes her feel in ways she isn’t quite ready for. As Dee tries to share her passion with Chris, of this pride family and the way the politics of it work and how they do more than just laze around all day. A passion blossoms between them. But then Chris and Dee are forced to help one of the injured cubs who pride was forced to leave him when a fire threatened them and a leopard attacked. So they do the only human thing, and transport him away from danger and the pride finds them and bonds with both Chris and Dee but as their feelings for each other grow so does the danger of hunters and poachers who want the head of the pride “Brutus” and they will protect him even with their own lives if necessary…
Plot and Story Line
So…this book is different and fun and creative and I quite honestly enjoyed myself with this book and read it pretty quickly. Its not very long with under 200 pages so I just breezed through it. I was a bit nervous about the whole TV show theme, I wasn’t sure how that would fit right in this book, but it really did considering it wasn’t a full crew of people. Just 4 including Dee at the beginning. The story alternates with Chris and Dee’s rotating POV—which I don’t get to see very often and quite liked that aspect. The story flowed quite smooth for the most part. I wasn’t a fan of our hero especially in the beginning, and it wasn’t until the end that I start to really like him quite a bit. The romance was light and even though I enjoyed it, I didn’t feel a strong focus of it, at least as much as I normally liked. But what really drew me was their connection to this Pride of Lions. For some reason, this really pulled me into the story. Things really pick up once they save the cub lion. The lionesses especially really bond with Dee especially. I found these moments to be quite touching, playful and fun. Brutus was hilarious—and the way the other pride lions treated him—so good. He may be the lead male—but not the one in charge. I loved the dynamics of this story and seeing how it all fit together.
It fits the story quite well—-I like the lions at the bottom with the couple pose at the top!! And it fits the theme for the series.
Proud Hearts is a unique written romance set in africa among the lions, where two people find love in the most unexpected setting and thrive!!