I am just catching up with Lora Leigh. I've read so many paranormal novels that I'm now seeking out new writers and series. I think this book is "paranormal lite", heavy on the erotic sex and light on the plot, which is not particularly compelling. The book is repetitive too. Conflict is absolutely necessary to have drama, but it's tiring to have characters go back and forth between "will we/can we make a go of this relationship" over and over and over again. They come to conclusions and then the same doubts rear their ugly heads again as if they had never been addressed. It makes me feel as if the author was trying to pad the book to make it longer by ramping up the angst.
In addition, I enjoy reading erotic sex but I didn't like Braden's brand of it. He is driven by a need to make Megan submit to him, not just in bed but in every other way. It's true that a lot of it is his need to protect her. He pays lip service to her desire to be her own woman, but he has to be THE alpha, even though it becomes increasingly clear that Megan's own alpha tendencies are quickly emerging. Some of his behavior is beyond his control; he's a genetically engineered human and a lion, and there are differences between him other shape shifters. But I find the submission angle highly offensive. He uses sex to force Megan to agree to the behavior he requires and she desperately wants his wild no holds barred love making so she submits. That is so retro. We don't, or shouldn't, let men do that to us. Crude dirty talk has its place in the bedroom, and anything two people do with mutual consent is fine with me. But the submission thing, even though eventually worked out, is not my cup of tea. Women may fantasize about being forced into sexual submission but for me anyway, it's just a fantasy. Braden is unbearably arrogant and I found him unsympathetic despite his hardships and impossible to like, yet Megan submits. I think I'll skip Ms. Leigh's other books because I expect more of the same.