Months as a POW leaves lion shifter Fix Ainran struggling to recover, but he can’t get the curvaceous Caryn Plumar out of his mind. Yet the beautiful daughter of the hyena Chairman only torments the disabled former soldier with heated trysts before pulling away.
No matter how much she desires Fix’s touch, Caryn’s obligations involve more than fighting for an independent hyena state in a land ruled by lions and fraught with war. She must sacrifice any chance of happiness and freedom by marrying within the clan to ensure her safety.
Desires at War reminds me of a shifter version of Romeo and Juliet. Fix is a POW soldier trying to recover from a spinal injury. He was pushed off of a cliff by an unseen assailant. Taken in to recover by the hyena clan, he was kidnapped and held prisoner by rogues. Now that he is back with his lion pride, he is recovering and only has eyes for one female – Caryn. But, she is off limits because she is the daughter of the hyena commissioner and her mother arranged a marriage for her daughter. Caryn can’t keep her eyes (or hands) off of the lion, even though she is set to be married to another hyena for political reasons.
I really enjoyed the pairing and political aspects of Fix and Caryn. They fall for each other and have an undeniable attraction, but because their clans aren’t the same, they can’t be together. But, Fix doesn’t care. He wants the clans to come together and be equals instead of adversaries. It’s a different take on this kind of story and works really well. I found all of the characters to be well developed and interesting as well as the details of the land. The suspenseful ending kept me on the edge of my seat and I was shocked to learn who pushed Fix over the cliff! I didn’t not see that one coming!
All in all, this a good shifter romance with a lot of steamy sex scenes and great characters.