Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review: The Serengeti Shifters Series by Vivi Andrews

Serengeti Heat: Serengeti Shifters Book 1 by Vivi Andrews

Amazon Product Description:
The fur's about to fly... A Sexy Shifter story.

Ava Minor is done being the good girl. As the smallest and weakest in a pride of shape-shifting lions where size and strength rule, she's never had any choice but to toe the line. Now, with sexy, nomadic alpha Landon King winning control of the pride, she grabs her one chance to let her inner feline out to play.
Landon would rather focus on reforming the antiquated traditions of his new pride than taking a mate...until the rebellious Ava crosses his path. All his noble intentions go up in flames, incinerated by the heat she exudes—especially when he realizes she's in heat.
Ava, knowing she isn't mate material, is determined to revel in one wild night before she's sent back to her place in the pride pecking order.
Except Landon has no intention of letting his daring, seductive lioness go...

Serengeti Storm: Serengeti Shifters Book 2 by Vivi Andrews

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The bitch is back, and nothing gets in her way. Except her own heart…Serengeti Shifters, Book 2
Shana Delray is hissing mad. The pride’s Alpha has chosen a mate—and it’s not her. Bred to be his consort, she’s not going to let some runt of the litter take her destined place—no matter how much ass she has to kick in the process.
Her way back into the pride is Caleb Minor—her former lover, the Alpha’s loyal enforcer…and the runt’s brother. And if she has to go through Caleb to get what she wants, so be it. She’ll do whatever it takes to pry the little usurper out of her way.
Caleb’s familiarity with Shana’s manipulative ways serves him well when he’s assigned to keep the seething she-cat in line. A nearly impossible task, as he’s forced to use his body—in more ways than one—to save her from herself. Now if only he can save his battered heart from the explosive desire that isn’t as dormant as he’d thought.
Caleb’s stronger now. Tougher and harder. And, to Shana’s fury, he won’t be used. The harder she pushes, the more she finds her heart yielding…and suddenly she wonders if she can somehow win back the man she spent a decade trying to destroy…

Serengeti Lightning: Serengeti Shifters Book 3 by Vivi Andrews

Amazon Product Description:
Love can be a force of nature...Serengeti Shifters, Book 3
Mara Leonard is through hitting the snooze button on her biological clock. The Three Rocks Pride schoolteacher is ready to get serious about starting a family, and she needs a serious man to make that happen.
Regrettably, that means crossing less-than-serious Michael Minor off her list of potential mates. Michael is impulsive and passionate, but his spontaneity leaks into shapeshifting whenever his emotions run high—a tendency he should have outgrown long ago. As a sex buddy, he’s delicious. Daddy material? Disqualified.
Michael is blindsided by Mara’s rejection. Nine years separate them, and his genetic malady means no one in the pride treats him as an adult. But if she thinks he’ll simply slink away to lick his wounds while she steps into the arms of another man, she has seriously underestimated him.
The tricky part will be convincing his over-analytical lover that he’s more than a disposable sex toy. That real bravery means tearing up her damn checklist and following her heart. And doing it without letting their explosive sexual chemistry expose the Pride’s secrets to the outside world.
My thoughts:
Wow - these were fast paced, energetic reads!  I found myself unwilling to put each one down until the end!  The characters are well created with all the "right" stuff: personality, charm, great bodies, dedicated, driven, loyal... you know what I mean - - - - the guys are all the guy we dream about (probably because they don't exist anywhere but in these kinds of stories) and the girls are all daring, sexy, and win in the end!  
I read this series in three days - one per day, but each of the stories in one sitting - literally read them cover to cover without putting them down. 

Vivi Andrews has created a world full of lion shifters who live together on a huge ranch in a compound setting.  They have everything they need to survive without having to deal with humans, their own stores, schools, and so on.  The world she creates for her shifters is realistic and easy to believe in.  The characters she creates are amazing and I found myself instantly invested in their lives and hoping that they would get what they were searching for. I enjoyed each story very much - each has a different set of main characters with a host of supporting people who are around throughout the series.  These are definitely adult and pretty riskay!  If you like hot PNR this series was a fun one!