Hour of the Lion

The Wild Hunt Legacy Series, Book 1
Series: The Wild Hunt Legacy Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (446 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Put Victoria with two Alpha brothers, and wow, oh wow, your socks will be knocked off." 

First a Marine, then a black ops agent, Victoria Morgan knows the military is where she belongs...until a sniper's bullet changes her life. Trying to prove she's not washed up, she rescues a young man from kidnappers. When the dying boy transforms into a cougar - and bites her - she learns of an entire hidden society. He begs her to inform his grandfather of his death and to keep the secret of the shifters' existence. She can't refuse, but what if the creatures pose a danger to the country she swore to protect?  

As guardian of the shifter territory, Calum McGregor wields the power of life and death over his people. When a pretty human female arrives in their wilderness town, he and his littermate become increasingly concerned. Not only is the little female hiding something, but she is far more appealing than any human should be.  

While investigating the shifters, Victoria begins to fall in love with the werecat brothers and the town as well. For the first time in her life, she might have a real home. Her hopes are crushed when a deadly enemy follows her from the city, and the shifters discover she knows their secret. Now nobody is safe - least of all Victoria. 

©2011 Cherise Sinclair (P)2018 Cherise Sinclair

Critic Reviews

"HOUR OF THE LION was simply amazing. Hot hunky shifter men, a strong and sassy heroine, a gripping story, and some oh so lovely ménage action are just the tip of the iceberg in this phenomenal read! A Top Pick and 5 Stars." (The Romance Reviews)

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Entertaining Series, Excellent Narration

I've repeatedly enjoyed all of Cherise Sinclair's series and stories. They're great romantic suspense. She provides entertaining surprises and hooks as well as excellent background in each story. Most of her novells are erotic BDSM romances; however, the 4 books of this series with supernatural characters have a different take from the average "alpha-weres" as they include a bit of mythology and ancient beliefs in each. The suspense continues to be well written. What makes her stories absolutely rock is the narration of Noah Michael Levine & Erin DeWard. Both are good narrators with a wide variety of voices. However, what makes them so fantastic is that they actually do simultaneous narration instead of the awful concept of "alternating chapters" most combo narrators provide. They make each character spring to life. To top it off, the editing is superb!

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FINALLY! - An audio book done right

I really like Cherise Sinclair's Wild Hunt Series. No only have I purchased the books but I was really excited that the audio version had come out for the 1st in the series. This audio version is fantastic. Imagine - having a male wonderful voice actually narrate all the male voices and a female voice narrate all the female voices! What a wonderful and unique idea (heavy sarcasm). Why this has not been done before - I really am at a loss. I really enjoy having the audio versions of my favorite books to listen to while driving, doing chores or working in the yard. It makes the work go quicker - this is the first audio book that really brings the characters to life. Now about the story: (I never recap a story just state what I like or dislike. The description of the book does a good enough job.) Great character development which makes it easy to picture the characters in the reader's mind. The reader comes to know the characters - what they look like, what drives that character, the characters' inner strengths and weaknesses. Great world building. Enough so that the reader can, again, picture the landscape and rules of the imaginary world but not so much that the story becomes bogged down and tedious. Absolutely great plot with NO Plot holes, no hitting the reader over the head with the same information given over and over, and no dumbing down by treating the reader as if the reader is unable to understand basic ideas. This is an adult book written for adults. This is a PNR with just enough romance and build up of the romance to make it hot but not so much that it overshadows the plot. This is not a story for anyone looking for a "Mary Sue" waiting for her "knight in shining armor" kind of tale. The female characters are strong and there are not any TSTL moments. This is about shifters - people who can shift into animals. So if you are NOT into paranormal romances - don't buy this book. It also has some explicit love making scenes, some bloody action scenes and some swearing. It does fit the action scenes and the plot. Again, this is an adult book and no you will not want to read it to the kids as a bedtime story. The book was totally engrossing and I did not want to stop reading it until the very last word. Warning - the audio is also totally engrossing making it hard to hit the pause or stop button.

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Awesome, When is next audio book due out?

i loved listening to a favorite book. Can hardly wait for the next 3 books to come out on audio .

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Loved the duel narration

Story was okay, up to the point of the VERY lengthy sex scenes. For me, it took away from he story. The Calum character was too weird for me, Alec was okay, and Joe, The boys grandfather was great. Won’t be downloading any other books from this author. I like shifter books, but this one was gross for me. The narration was one of the best duel narrations I’ve heard. Never understood why male narrators didn’t do all the male voices and female narrator doing all female voices. A+

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Should have been good, but.........

It felt like the author started out wanting to write a great story, (and her writing style and world building are good), and then she just sort of got side tracked describing sex scenes instead. The sex scenes are fine for what they are, but they just get a bit tedious because there isn’t enough character development or spark between the couple, or in this case, couples, and there is way to much of the story devoted to sex. The men were pretty flat characters, just sort of there to ‘manage’ the heroines sexual needs, on their terms of course. What started out promising, just got boring. Erin was a great reader but Noah was not a great fit at all - I didn’t even like his male voices. Overall I was pretty disappointed that what could have been a great story fell flat.

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Could have been good.

The underlining story was absorbing but the sex scenes just went on and on to the point that it destroyed the book. I wish an editor would have stripped 90% of them.

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OK, I was so ready for a new series. This is it.

I've read Alexandra Ivy, the Black Dagger books and sequels, Illona Anders innkeeper books (ready for another one of those soon) and a dozen others multiple times. I was so ready for another series and now I've found one. I love multiple narrators even if one is really good. I also love shifter books (Jane Yellowrock). Take a chance and dive into an edgy new strong female series with Cherise Sinclair.

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Great start to a new series

Love the characters. They had depth, a truly great visual read. The middle drag just a little, but was still great. Looking forward to the next audiobook. The reason why I gave 4 stars was , like many authors, Ms. Sinclair s " Hour of the Lion", was a first audiobook listen for me, she made the ending way to quick. I really hate when authors do that. She gave a lot for the beginning, middle, but half, if that, of a chapter for the ending.

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Great start to a new series.

New Author for me. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Narration smooth and easy with verbal demarcation of each character easy to differentiate. A few hanky sodden moment's. Builds a fantacy world with some twists that were original. Pleasently surprised by this new to me Author. Pretty graphic. Mature readers only. Humor was a great respite. Had a strong Heroine that I truely liked.

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Love this series!

This series is absolutely amazing and I’m thrilled to finally see it on audible. The narration is spectacular, with both male and female narrators. Plot and action is great, and the sex ace

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 08-02-18

Hour of the Lion

I found this book to be loads of fun, easy to follow and with great characters. Noah and Erin read through this book very well adding their vioces for theie characters even when they were not reading that chapter. Nicely done. 👌

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  • Book Monitor
  • 03-22-20

Great Narration and an Excellent tale.

I have previously read the kindle version of this book, and this review is based on that- with an update for this audible version: This genre is not my usual oeuvre but I do like this writer and have read her BDSM themed erotica so I thought I would give it a go, and I am glad I did. As a novice in the field I had no real idea what to expect but I did enjoy this tale of ex-marine turned CIA spy and all round caring Vic who, following a strange but ultimately tragic incident involving Lachlan a young lad she was briefly imprisoned with, she goes in search of his grandfather to explain what had happened to his grandson, and in due course she meets with Callum and Alec McGregor. Alec is the local Sheriff, Callum his brother is a bar owner and leader of his clan. From here on the story involves a group of strange folk who live in a small town which has humans around of course but, who themselves are werecats and other shifter-animals. She gets sucked into the local life, the strange new world and new experiences, not least of which involved falling for the brothers and discovering that her encounter with Lachlan had a transformational effect on her life. This was so well written and thought through that the fantasy elements were believable and intertwined with a good romantic suspense story-line and excellent erotic writing to create an enjoyable and sexy escapist romp that had me hooked from the beginning and left me wanting more. A large part of the appeal was that there is more to this than the separate parts: Its not just a good erotic romance, although it is that, nor just the engaging but different personalities of the main characters, but also the peripheral people who are well placed and cleverly sketched with individuality and substance, the environment that is richly described, the natural world, the townscape and the paranormal all combining to make this a very enjoyable read. I have downloaded the next two in the series. 22/3/2020- Updated I have just listened to the Audible version and still really enjoyed this story and the narration by Noah Michael Levine, and Erin DeWard was excellent. This was definitely worth listening to. My previous review of the story stands.

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  • dogs fan
  • 08-20-19

Great!!!

Thoroughly enjoyable As always a great story. I am always looking for her next book.

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  • Ameera
  • 11-28-18

Hour of the lion

This is the first time seen listened to this author, I think it may be my last i found there was no real story of was to predictable and dragged on to long i kept waiting for the story to move on to talking to Lochlans grand father but was taking forever to to get to the point the narrator's were very good but the story is just dragging on

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  • lulu
  • 11-01-18

lovely

love the seies and the audible narration is fab. can't wait for the next one

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  • Book addict
  • 10-05-18

3.5 stars

This book was decent, but it had promise to be a lot more. It kept slipping back into the typical mundane shifter romance trope with areas of soppiness and the heroine losing her spunk a bit, but then it would go back up to being better than the rest out there. Think if the author worked to make sure everything was better than the rest then this series could easily get 5 stars.

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  • Suzyplums
  • 08-18-18

A great start

I love Cherise Sinclair books. If your not into BDSM this book is not for you but if you're in for a great romance with sexy alpha males then read/listen to her books. I get chills when listening to Noah Michael Levine and Erin DeWard. Please put the next books on Audible soon

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  • Kathryn E Hickling
  • 07-27-18

Great new series,Can't wait for more!

Another great series from Cherise Sinclair. I have read/listened to all of the Masters of the Shadow Lands and am at present working my way through the Dark Heaven Books with a small diversion to listen to the Hour of the Lion. Cherise has written yet another good story with plenty of different characters with different shades of dark and light. It was good to have a strong central female character. The only complaint I have about this book is that I could have done with another chapter at the end to elaborate on the on-going relationships of the characters involved. I am hoping this will be expanded upon with the next books in the series. Cant wait for the next one in the series to be released. Soon I hope!!! Love that this series also had Noah Michael Levine and Erin DeWard as the narrators Love these guys as they really bring the book to life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-20

narration was amazing

love the same voices for the same characters, it makes the story so much more cohesive and interesting, I wish they were all done like this.

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  • Narny
  • 04-23-20

Enjoyable

Great story. Tge character development was good. Not a huge fan of the narrators but i did enjoy the dual narration. Vic, Calum and Alec are great characters. The brothers have a great understanding of wach other. Vic is finding her feet in this new world and discovering family in all sorts of people and shifters

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  • Drax17
  • 06-30-19

Sexy Shifters

A great start to a new series by Cherise Sinclair. I loved the duel narration. Had great character & story development. The only thing I didn't like was the end was wrapped up way to quick. The story went along at a good pace with Victoria developing a relationship with Callum & Alex & coming to terms with what she now is & the impending doom that is stalking her. But when it came to the final conflict & the repercussions it was all over in the blink of an eye. After all that build up I wanted just a little more to get to the HEA. Barring this I was enthralled right from the start & binged this in a day.

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  • Mozzy
  • 07-05-18

Awesome

A long awaited book to listen to,. i absolutely loved reading this series, so when it came out on audio i really had to snap it up, and i have to say in no way did it disappoint me. The narrator was great, just waiting for more of the series now