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The gods promised her a savior.

The gods are a bunch of lying bastards.

Instead of delivering her from a life of slavery, they ripped away everything she ever cared about.

Now, Kathrael must choose. Lie down and accept her fate, or risk her life and try to change the future.

Destiny is calling, but she won’t face it alone. She has a gentle seer, a crazy lion-shifter, and the ghost of her dead best friend on her side. Of course, none of them have the faintest clue what they’re getting themselves into. But that’s all right. Because Kathrael of Rhyth has chosen to fight for freedom.

And as far as she’s concerned, the gods can either step in line, or get the hell out of the way.

The Complete Lion Mistress Collection is a reverse harem/poly romance trilogy with an exclusive bonus epilogue story. It clocks in at over 300,000 words, and the ending is HEA.

A special note for reverse harem lovers: I had never heard the term "reverse harem" when I wrote this series. It was always conceived as a poly romance story, just like The Horse Mistress. That said, it features one amazing woman who ends up with three adoring men at the end, and she is the glue that holds the four of them together.

The pace is medium burn, and the books contain explicit sex with strong LGBT content. If you dislike M/M, you’ll dislike this series.

©2018 R. A. Steffan (P)2018 R. A. Steffan

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  • JulieM
  • Louisiana, United States
  • 04-04-18

Fantasy action/adventure and romance with a twist

The Lion Mistress complete collection from RA Steffan continues in the world established in The Horse Mistress series. The island of Eburos is a composite of what Britain might have been if the Roman invasion had not been successful. The specific story is about Kathrael, a former slave and prostitute who has been badly scarred. In the first book, she meets the novice priest Favian, who has visions, and the Lion-shifter Ithric who has an uncomfortable history with Favian. Despite their differences, they form a polyamorous bond that works for the people involved. Through their united strength, they work together to achieve Kathrael’s goal of leading a slave rebellion.

If you’ve already read The Horse Mistress and liked it, you shouldn’t need too much convincing to continue with this series. The star trio from the previous series all show up in the three main novels. If you’re a new reader unsure of whether or not to start a fantasy like this, it is very easy to understand. The world building is quite natural. As a reader, you don’t have to know the previous series to understand The Lion Mistress, but you do get better insight into the color of the world and past relationships. Favian, in particular, has a strong role in the previous series before taking one of the leads in The Lion Mistress.

Narrator Gwendolyn Druyor is worthy of all praise. She is adept in voices in a way I haven’t heard from other narrators. You’ll hear multiple accents, genders, and even subtle shades of sleep in the voice or even the way voices change when people try to talk with food in their mouths. As an extra treat, Druyor gets a chance to sing in the audio for Lion Mistress 1.

The collection IS a long audiobook, but it is wonderfully organized so it’s easy to start and stop where you need. I had previously listened to books 1 and 2 on their own audios, so when I wanted to jump directly to book 3 on this collection, it was easy to find. There are short announcements between chapters that say “End of book 2” so you know for sure where you are.

As an added bonus to the audio, there is an exclusive short story Pride of Dreams. It is fully of the vivid sex and sensuality that Steffan is known for. While The Lion Mistress has less sex on the page than the previous Horse Mistress series, this short story makes up for it in a very creative way.

I’m a fan of Steffan, especially with Druyor as her narrator. This is a high value collection, so if you’re open to fantasy, give this a chance.

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A Must Have

This book is AMAZING. I absolutely loved every second of it. The narrator is amazing and she brings the story to life with her voices and depiction of the emotions of the characters. This dystopian collection really amazes. I can't speak highly enough of the story of the performance of this book. There is some guy on guy action and some amazing three way action as well which was just sexy and honestly left be blushing at times, especially when I was listening in the car (snicker). The world created by RA Steffan is flawless and feels amazingly real, the characters were written the same way. I really can not express how amazing this series is and how much I absolutely adored it.

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I cried,I laughed, I melted

This is the best poly romance I have ever listened to. It was extremely well preformed. The story was entrancing. Excited for the next series.

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Amazing listen!

Extremely well written and immersive, this book had me hooked from start to finish. Great characters, they are all complex and interesting. I loved the relationship dynamics and the humor of the banter between the characters, it feels natural. The narrator is amazing! She put so much emotion into her performance and had unique accents and voices for each character and region they were from. I highly recommend this collection! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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HOLY WOW!!! I freaking loved this!!! so hard ❤

This series was so fantastic! all the books together was a very long audio listen. But I was hooked! I loved all the characters and their relationships. kathrealle, Ithrik, Fabian, even Vesh! (i listened so I don't know if my spelling is correct) their journey together was riveting! I highly recommend.

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Great series

I really enjoyed both the narrorator and the story. The author does an amazing job setting up the world and the story. You fall for all of the main characters and their development through the series is something you just love to follow. Its a super long audiobook (yay) and totally worth your time!

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  • TU
  • 05-02-18

For what it is, it's entertaining

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was surprisingly better than I thought it would be. I picked it up because it was long and promised action and paranormal aspects to the story. It definitely had those in droves. The sexual content is a bit graphic, and there is a fair amount of it. It's not so much that it completely dominates the whole listening experience, so that was good. If you go for this boxed set, just make sure you heed the author's warning. If you are offended by LGBT content, you will want to pass on this book. The narration is pretty good, so, all things considered, this was an entertaining experience.

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A fantastic read!

The gods promised her a savior...
The gods are a bunch of lying b*st*rds...

Holy hell. 37 hours full of awesomeness, action, adventure and romance! Wow. Yep, at the moment, I am speechless. This book was absolutely phenomenal. I am so definitely relistening to this audiobook! Now, to make some time for it again...

The characters were amazing. The world was amazing. This book was amazing.


The narrator is perfect for this audiobook. Fantastic work of giving life to this story!

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👍🏻

I think I enjoyed the Horse Mistress series better. This series was good but not my favorite. The narrator is great at bringing the characters and story to life. Great performance.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Definitely Recommend

Don’t let the title stop you from reading this book. This is not a bondage story nor does it spend overmuch time on sex.
This book reminds me of Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series, but with much less intrigue. It also has a bit more explicit sex, but not too much to take away from the story.

Book 1: Chapter 1: Kathrael loses her best friend and protector Vesh, and decides to go on a desperate quest to change her life and, maybe, obtain vengeance. Instead, she finds acceptance, support, and love.
Book 2: Chapter 27: Kath, Ithric & Favian travel to Rhythe undercover to determine how volatile the situation is and if they can help free the slaves. They end up with another surprise rescue.
Book 3: Chapter 51: Things heat up in Rhyth. The Trio is there to stop the king’s purchase of advanced crossbows. They get help from the Wolf Patron, Sonovo, and his bond mates Andoc and Caravel, who walk with the Trio and the slaves who revolt against the King.
The Trio receives a more personal surprise.
I enjoyed this book, but think it could have been a touch better with more editing. The world building - a more primitive society that thinks an eclipse is the personal involvement of the gods vs very modern dialogue was a slight disconnect. It did not materially take away from the story.
Bonus: Chapter 81: 4 in a bath
Bonus: Chapter 82: 4 in a bed
These bonus stories didn’t add to the Lion Mistress unless you wanted group sex.

Druyor did a very good job with narration: clearly defining between characters, their individual emotions, and even when they were sleepy, eating or singing!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.