Title: Lion’s Share
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2015
Synopsis: Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.
Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she’s been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn’t hesitate.
Jace Hammond has a big problem.
A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient—more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title.
As they hunt the killer, Abby’s secret becomes a threat to Jace’s authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart.
This review will contain spoilers for the Stray series. So if you have NOT read that yet, do NOT read this review. This has MAJOR spoilers. I mean it. MAJOR.
Review: When I read Rachel Vincent was writing a spin-off series from her Stray series I got extremely excited. Stray is one of my favorite fantasy/paranormal series, it is one of the only ones that I have found that focuses on cat shifters and not werewolves, which is something I love about it. But I was even more overjoyed to hear that the series would focus partly on Jace. I loved Jace in Stray and was always a little sad about how things played out for him in that series. So it’s nice to see him getting his own series and his own HEA.
Jace is still Jace, a little more grown up and mature, especially since Ethan’s death. I was more interested in getting to know Abby though. I really feel like I know Jace, I read the Stray books numerous times, and he is one of my favorite characters from the books. Though, in this series, it does feel like he has lost a bit of his playfulness but responsibility and being Alpha will do that to a guy. Back to Abby though, we met her shortly in Stray, the first book, when she was kidnapped. You could tell even then, despite what she was going through, that she was strong and fierce. I would have liked to see a bit more of her then but it’s really nice to see her have her own series. I do like that Vincent hasn’t danced around the things that Abby went through when she was kidnapped, while they don’t hinder her in large ways, they do still affect her life. She still is suffering from PTSD and I think Vincent did a good job of showing that struggle. The struggle of fighting through either letting the memories swallow you up or rising above them.
While this one is technically classified more as a paranormal romance I would still tag it as urban fantasy. Vincent does an amazing job of balancing the romance with the urban fantasy elements. There are a lot of PNR’s that are really heavy on the romance and have a lot of sex in them and very little fantasy or paranormal elements but not this one. You get a good share of both, and honestly it’s how I like to read paranormal romance. If you like urban fantasy I think you will like this series, it’s not just for PNR fans. But please read Stray first. You don’t NEED to but you’re going to WANT to. Trust me. You NEED that playful fun side of Jace.