When destiny brings Rissa, the proud daughter of Bellator's Lord Commander, to the lair of Morigan, the telepathic leader of the Cat People, they are both swept away by desire.
Loved this story enough to go searching for the prequel.
This book was written way back when futuristic romances were the new thing. Yeah, it's dated. Yeah, it features a desperate alpha cat-man hero. Yeah, the heroine is a beautifully tressed virgin who becomes a reluctant captive by the cat-man (for the purpose of mating and re-populating his shrinking race, ahhh!). Despite all that I enjoyed it. The world was s nicely built and the characters were interesting, especially those virile cat people.
Somewhere around midpoint, I found myself rapidly losing patience with the story as it evolved into a long drawn out mating dance of "I want you but I'm going to be a jerk and refuse you because I know it'll hurt you, your tribe, your standing as leader and your frail old momma too! So take that hunky catman!!" but I persevered (and am glad I did).
This book was grueling, definitely not your light and fluffy futuristic of today, and a few unexpected twists occurred (along with a few predictable ones as well ~ but you can't have everything) which kept me turning the pages. The character development and interaction was also a big focus and was the reason I keep getting sucked back in despite my problems with things jaded old me sees as romance cliches. If I had read this way back when I bought it a decade ago I'd probably be raving about how "wonderfully angsty and tear-jerking" the story is but now I'm older and grumpier and will only say that it's got some very good points that balance out the exhausting ones. And, it's definitely not boring!