Born This Way by Poppy Dennison

Born This WayBorn This Way by Poppy Dennison

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Dayton Whitmore injures his arm playing basketball with his lion-shifter friends, and his best friend asks Dayton to check on her estranged brother Hart while he’s in Atlanta visiting a specialist. Though Dayton and Hart were never close, he grudgingly agrees.

Banishment from his pride meant Hart Sherman could never see his family again. His liger heritage—a tiger mother and lion father—was a thorn in his alpha father’s side. He always planned to go back for Dayton, the man he knows is his mate, but he uses his career as an entertainment attorney as an excuse to avoid risking Dayton’s rejection. When Dayton shows up unannounced on his doorstep, Hart wants nothing more than to claim him.

Knowing what it means to be a lion’s mate, Dayton isn’t in any hurry to make a lifetime commitment. To convince Dayton he’s serious, Hart must come to terms with the circumstances of his birth—and find a place in the pride for them both.

So what did I think?

This story was a pleasant way to spend an hour or two. Relatively short, there wasn’t a lot of time to get fully immersed in the world of feline shifters.

Hart is a liger (part lion, part tiger) and is huge. His size was a threat to his alpha so he was banished from the pride. He has always known that Dayton was his mate and when Dayton comes to visit, he finally decides the time has come to make him his. Dayton is human but is best friends with Hart’s sister and part of the pride.

I liked Hart’s deep longing for Dayton but somehow missed what Dayton saw in Hart. When he first visits Hart’s apartment, I could see Hart’s desire for Dayton (“Oh shit. You are in heat. Fuck my life.”) but couldn’t feel any great desire reciprocated. Regardless, Hart wins Dayton in the end.

There is confrontation with the alpha and a strange attack by Hart’s sister’s boyfriend, resulting in Hart and Dayton being separated again – why don’t they just talk to each other?!

There is a secondary story line involving Hart’s job as an entertainment lawyer. Dayton is a teacher so gets involved in tutoring a rising young band that Hart does the contracts for. This might have given a little more insight into the character of Dayton but I really didn’t understand the overall significance of these sections of the story or the additional characters introduced.

A quick read and nice romance as Hart fights for his man. Not much in the way of creating the world of feline shifters but a bit of action and some hot sex.

3 Stars

To find out more about Poppy Dennison and her books, visit her website.

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