ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE 2My Thoughts: Another fabulous short story set in the Southern Arcana universe. As always, Moira Rogers has given us strong characters who fight for what they believe in and love with everything inside of them. I'm constantly amazed when authors can put such depth and emotion into stories of this length. Moira Rogers has made Zola a wonderfully sympathetic character who had to strike out on her own after her mother went mad. She's managed to make a life for herself and Walker's appearance throws a wrench into her comfortable existence.
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.
Although this could be read as a stand alone, I recommend reading the entire series just so you can experience the genius of this world for yourself.
Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Crux
Short Story 2.1: A Peyton Family Christmas
Book 3: Deadlock
Short Story 3.5: Two Weddings (and One Near Funeral)
More books by Moira Rogers
Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Shifter Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
Zola's Pride is a free download from Moira Roger's site I picked up 07/13/11.