ARC Book Review-Proud Hearts by Phoenix Sullivan

Posted August 15, 2016 by Loverofromance in Book Reviews / 8 Comments

ARC Book Review-Proud Hearts by Phoenix Sullivan

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.

ARC Book Review-Proud Hearts by Phoenix SullivanProud Hearts by Phoenix Sullivan
Series: Wild Hearts #2
Published by Steel Magnolia Press on April 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Creatures-Lions
Pages: 198
Format: eARC
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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.

My Review UpdatedSummary

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.

The Cover

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.

Overall View

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!!

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About The Author Updated

About Phoenix Sullivan

Over the years, Phoenix Sullivan's short stories have been published under her real name in various pro anthologies and magazines. Marion Zimmer Bradley was her first editor. In the corporate world, Phoenix was a professional writer and editor for 23 years. Before that, she was a registered veterinary technician, working with small animal clinics and wildlife rehab centers.

Retired now - and still in her early 50s - Phoenix blogs

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  • Eva

    Great review! And I’m not sure I’ve seen your “unique” badge before so I’m intrigued! Love the sound of this and that cover intrigues me

  • That is short! but that can be good

  • This doesn’t sound like something I would normally read but I loved your review anyway. Thanks for the heads up and at 198 pages, that shouldn’t take a long time to read at all. I’m adding it to my to buy list.

  • Ann Lorz

    Never heard of this author but I’m going to be checking her out.

  • This sounds quite nice! I’ve enjoyed alternating POV books in the past, will have to check this one out 😀

  • I actually love books that have very minimal characters. We get to learn more about them on a personal level – sort of.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one! Love the covers, btw!

  • Michele H

    A quick unique read can be fun so I’ll be checking this one out. Love the idea of the lions and the dynamics in the pride.

  • Huh… this does sound rather nice, Renee 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!
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