Zola spent years traveling the world, studying with supernatural martial-arts masters. Now, as the only lion shifter in New Orleans, she enjoys freedom from politics as well as success in running her own business—self-defense training for psychics, spell casters and other shifters.
Only one man knows why she left home at nineteen—Walker Gravois. He was there when her Seer mother, her mind twisted by magic, exiled Zola from the pride. More to the point, he stayed behind, shattering her young heart in the process.
When he appears on her doorstep after ten years of silence, Zola is nowhere near ready to trust again. But with Walker’s life in danger—and the passion between them burning hotter than ever—she’ll have to choose between the safety of solitude and the risk of opening herself to others once again.
Every once in a while one of the freebies that I pick up serves as a helpful reminder. In the case of Zola’s Pride, it reminded me of how much I enjoyed Moira Rogers’ Southern Arcana series.
The female characters in this series are strong, fiercely protective, smart and funny. The males are seriously alpha and just as protective over those they love. The mix of shifters and magic users, the world building and yes the hotness of these books makes them page turning reads. Zola and Walker’s short novella was no exception. It’s a quick read, but touching and intense. Perfect for a late night read.
Another thing that reading Zola’s Pride reminded me is that I read the first book in the series before I started reviewing every book I read. I plan to remedy that. Of course, it also means that I will probably have to go back and re-read Crux and probably Crossroads while I’m at it, but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. 😉