The Pride of Amsterdam by Elizabeth Coldwell

23690535Title: The Pride of Amsterdam
Series: Lionhearts, #1
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (142 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (January 16th, 2015) Available for Early download December 19th, 2014
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Blurb: When an ancient enemy is summoned to destroy his pride, a lion shifter must fight to protect the man he loves.

Kees van der Veer has never forgotten the mysterious stranger who seduced him on Millennium Eve and who promised that when the time was right, they would be together again. Returning to Amsterdam after fifteen years away, he is reunited with that stranger, entering into a world of love and danger he could never have imagined.

Arjan is a lion shifter, part of a pride who has lived in Amsterdam since its Golden Age. He has spent fifteen years regretting the need to drive his destined mate away after one night of blissful passion. But only once they meet again can he reveal to Kees the truth of his heritage. When an old enemy is summoned to destroy the pride, Arjan must act to protect not only his family but also the man he loves.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM and food-play.

ISBN: 978-1-78430-368-6

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Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is first book of a series and should be read in order.

One wild night on New Year’s Eve 1999 was all they had. Kees left Amsterdam after giving his virginity to Arjan. Kees goes on with his life first in London and then in New York City. Until Kees comes back to Amsterdam after fifteen years for a job at a business based there. Little does he know that the owner of the company is none other than Arjan.

Kees is an expert in corporate espionage and Arjan is having a problem with someone selling company secrets. From the first moment the two meet the attraction and draw to each other is still there. The two start-up a relationship as Kees investigates and Arjan explains everything to Kees about why he left him like he did and who is really is. However, there is an old enemy of the lion shifters that is now hunting and killing members of the pride. So things are far from easy for the two MCs.

The sex between the two is nice and hot. There are only minor elements of BDSM, mostly bondage and a little spanking. I loved the rich descriptions of Amsterdam. I liked the story and the intrigue into finding out who is behind the deaths and security issue. The romance between Arjan and Kees is immediately intimate but there is not instant love. They got to know each other first, and Kees still has doubts almost up to the very end. So nothing was perfect from the start and I liked that.

This is the first book I have read by the author, but it will not be the last I don’t think. I look forward to seeing what happens in this series.

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