Title: Fierce Player
Author: Liza Street
Series: Sierra Pride #4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Received for review from the author
Summary (from Goodreads)
Kate Ahrens has a problem—she keeps imagining creepy men following her while she walks to and from her college campus. It’s the result of too much time spent developing games, and not enough time talking to actual people. But when she meets the hot librarian with amazing eyes, she starts to think maybe she just hadn’t found the right person to talk to.
As the fourth brother in the shapeshifting Sierra Pride, Maverick Fournier isn’t intimidated by much. Kate, though, with her hot pink hair and sexy piercings, makes him completely lose his cool. He wants to protect her, smell her, and mate her—maybe not in that order. Unfortunately, there are some other men interested in Kate, and their interest isn’t at all romantic. Even though protecting her means revealing his animal side, Maverick is determined to keep her safe and win her love.
This has been my favourite in the Sierra Pride series so far, and the first time that I felt completely satisfied with the story in it’s short form. It’s a perfect, cute, sexy story in which the romance felt fully developed.
A lot of my enjoyment of this did stem from the idea of a sexy librarian. I can’t help it. It’s the bookworm in me. But I also liked Kate – she was feisty and unconventional with a bit more gumption than the previous heroines. Which is not to say anything against the previous heroines – I liked all of them too – but Kate and Maverick as a combination was just hitting all my favourite romance tropes.
There continues to be a bit of development of the wider world and plot line too, with Gabriel finally allowing Maverick to get in touch with their sisters. I’m really hoping this development means we’ll get a gender switch up in an upcoming book, because I’d love to see the world from the perspective of a female shifter – the woman being the supernatural one is another of my favourite tropes!
So, a brilliant story in and of itself, but with a promise of further shake ups later in the series – I can’t help but thinking that this series is going to reach new heights very soon!