Oct 21, 2016

{Review} The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre

The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Paranormal
THEME: Romance, Shifters
The Leopard King (Ars Numina, #1)


Proud. Imperious. Impassioned.

Until three years ago, those words applied to Dominic Asher, the leader of Ash Valley. His family has ruled the feline branch of the Animari for hundreds of years, guiding the pride through perilous times. Unspeakable loss drove him into seclusion, a feral beast nobody can tame. Now he’s wrecked, a leopard king in exile, and he wants nothing more than to die.

Fierce. Loyal. Determined.

Fortunately for Dom, those words still apply to Pru Bristow, his dead mate’s best friend. She’s had her heart broken too, but she never quits. With the conclave approaching, alliances with the Pine Ridge pack and Burnt Amber clans on the verge of collapse, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to drag their leader back, before his second can start a war.

At best theirs seems like a desperate alliance, but when their mate bond turns hot and fierce, there’s no end to the questions and the doubts. Neither of them expects to fall in love. But sometimes people don’t know what they’re looking for until they find it.


I’m a big fan of Ann Aguirre, and couldn’t of been more excited to hear about her new series Ars Numina that focuses on a world full of shifters. Aguirre has always impressed me with her character developments and the power couple she creates within such a dynamic world. I loved this new series and the first she has done as an independent author.

The Leopard King follows Dominic Asher, who has been hiding out in anguish after the loss of his mate. It has been years now, but he’s depression and drinking has caused him steer away from his duties as the Leopard King. But when politics cause worry for his pack, his best friend a second in command sends Pru, Doms friend and his dead mates best friend to convince him to come home. Which causes Pru to get in a sticky situation where she ends up Doms mate and pulled into political chaos.

Dom was a mess when the readers first meet him, he has pretty much hit rock bottom and wants nothing to do with anyone. But Pru wont let her friend and someone who has always been there for her lose himself to his animal. Pru challenges Dom, he is use to her being more quite and submissive but she wakes him up and to his surprise bring out a side in him he though he lost when his mate died. Dom goes back to his pack only to deal with the other packs issues and threats, he becomes concerned for his pack and his new mate when a death occurs during negotiations. I loved Doms brooding demeanor at the beginning, he was sad and lonely but his bickering with Pru brought out a different side to him. He does change into a more protective and sweet guy later on but overall he just want hurting and he needed a little spunk and sweet from Pru to wake him up.

Pru has been a slight outside in her pack since she is the inly one who cant shift. She has also been connected to Doms second command and best friend Slay. But Slay has never claimed her as his mate. Things of course get complicated when Pru brings Dom back to the pack. It was interesting seeing how much she grew over the course of the book, she had to learn her new role quickly and deal with Dom and Slay in the midst of it all.

Overall I enjoyed the introduction to this world, there are many different shifters brought into the fold. I liked tension, humor and romance that the author put into the mix and cant wait to see what happens next with Slay. I’m happy to say its not a cliffhanger as we get a good conclusion to the main pair, but it does have a bit of a shock into the next book.

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