This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Mckenna Dean. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Panther’s Lost Princess by McKenna Dean
Series: Redclaw Security #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: September 03, 2017
Publisher: Redclaw Publishing
Source: Author, Mckenna Dean
Purchase at: Amazon
Ellie West has always known there was more to her story than being abandoned at birth. A child of the foster-care system, she didn’t get many breaks, but the one thing she can do is sing. It’s her only ticket out of poverty and obscurity. Nothing else matters, not even the nagging sense that she’s different. She's headed for great things. She only needs a chance.
Jack Ferris couldn’t agree more. His firm, the elite paranormal agency Redclaw Security, has been hired to find a missing princess and return her to her family. Discovering that Ellie, a waitress in a hole-in-the-wall diner, is both the princess and his fated mate is like being hit with a sledgehammer. Ellie West can't be his mate. She's the mission.
The sooner Jack completes this job, the better, only Ellie has no intention of throwing her dreams away for a kingdom she's never known. With hired assassins on their trail, Ellie might not have a choice. They must do whatever it takes to stay alive.
In The Panther’s Lost Princess, Ellie West was a small-town waitress with big time dreams. Her life had never been an easy one but she was doing what she could to achieve her goals. She always knew that there was something different about her but she never wanted to look too deeply within herself to explore her differences. She was afraid of what she would find and all she wanted was to have a normal life where she could take care of herself and blend in with normal people.
Jack had been brought in to find a missing princess and bring her back into the fold of her family. After six months of searching he finally found who he thought was the missing princess from the house of de Winter. Unfortunately, Jack got more than he had bargained for when he discovered Ellie. His leopard knew right away that Ellie was his mate but Jack knew that could never be and that his leopard was either mistaken or was going to be sorely disappointed because Ellie was off limits.
Once confronted with the truth, Ellie had no interest in the fairy tales that Jack was peddling but when she realized that she was truly in danger she had to at least hear Jack out. Ellie was aware that there was something different about her but when Jack explained the truth to her, she really didn’t want to accept it. What she did want to acknowledge though was the sexual tension that existed between her and Jack. She had never been so drawn to anyone like she was to Jack but he was determined to keep his distance.
Jack had a job to do and even though his leopard was screaming for Ellie, Jack knew that she had a whole other life waiting for her and that there was no room for him in that world. He just had to keep her alive until he could rendezvous with Ellie’s grandfather and somehow keep his heart and hands to himself in the meantime. Ellie though has no qualms about letting him know how she felt about his ideas of keeping things off limits between them. He might have had a job to do but that did not mean she had to make things easy for him.
I love to read books that involve investigations, add a little romance to that and I am all in. The Panther’s Lost Princess starts off at the end of Jack’s investigation after he had already run down all of the clues to find the identity of his missing person, so I was a little bummed about that. I wish that I could have been more involved with the investigation itself and got to know more about the Redclaw Security agency.
There were many ideas in The Panther’s Lost Princess that I really liked. For starters, the explanation for how Ellie had managed never to have her true identity come through was interesting and pretty cool. Speaking of Ellie’s true identity, can I just say HECK YEAH! I read a lot of PNR’s and I can say that I loved that in this world there are a variety of shifters and that different shifter species can intermarry. Love that! Especially that two different species can mate and have an offspring of an entirely different shifter species. How cool is that idea?! Overall, I found The Panther’s Lost Princess to be an exciting read and it is a series that I am absolutely going to continue in!
*Thank you to Author McKenna Dean for this complimentary copy of The Panther’s Lost Princess*