Cole Brandt is a wolf shifter, sent by his pack to the Amazon jungle to negotiate a treaty. He's unaware that the kingdom of jaguar shifters he's meant to meet with has splitand Cole's suspicion that jaguars are selfish and deceitful is confirmed when he's seized by the rebel faction.
Taya Silveira, a jaguar shifter and fierce warrior loyal to the king, resents being assigned Cole's rescue. She doesn't approve of his pack's involvement in her jungleto her, wolves are greedy, weak creatures who will exploit the resources the Yaguara protect.
Struggling against centuries of ill will and prejudice, Cole and Taya must work together to prevent a devastating civil war. They can't deny their physical attractionwith the heightened senses of shifters, their desires are plain. But if they give in to passion, they may be forced to choose between staying with their tribes, or staying together.
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A mild fear of heights and the nagging certainty that he was making the biggest mistake of his life had Cole's stomach tied in knots. He hated flying. His wolf registered every sudden drop, slip and rattle of the plane as a threat, so whenever he was stuck on a rocky flightlike this one had beenit left him simmering in a stew of adrenaline and testosterone. Not the state he wanted to be in while on his way to negotiate a peace treaty with a hostile tribe of jaguar shifters. Rotating his wrist, he checked the time again. Forty minutes and they'd be on the ground.
It didn't help that the last person to hold this job had died because of it. Ben Fisher had made the mistake of agreeing to meet with a delegation from the rebel camp to hear their side of the story and never left Santar m. Ben's death had divided the pack, with the Fishers on one side clamoring for Yaguara blood and Michael, the pack's alpha, on the other urging caution until all the evidence was in. Not willing to wait, Ben's brother, Jack, had taken a shot at revenge by hiring a group of mercenaries to steal an ancient artifact that mapped the secret location of the Yaguara city in the Amazon rain forest.
The Yaguara were one of the last shifter groups to integrate with human society. If Jack had released that stone, the Yaguara would have been forced to abandon their ancient home and disperse into the human world just like everyone else. It never came to that. Jack was stopped. Gabriel proved to Michael's satisfaction that his Yaguara had had nothing to do with Ben's disappearance. As a gesture of goodwill Gabriel pardoned Jack for the failed attempt at outing the Yaguara to the human world.
A year and a half later, here they were.
Here he was...
Cole peered out the small window hoping to see some sign of civilization, but there was nothing out there. Just a vast ocean of trees stretching on to forever with only a narrow brown river threading through all that green to break up the monotony. The sun was rising, causing clouds of mist to lift from the low jungle like steam.
It was beautiful, he'd give it that.
But it was also such an alien and isolated place, so incredibly different from his home in Austin it might as well have been another planet.
Finding no comfort in the view, he rested his head against the leather seatback and briefly closed his eyes.
"Having second thoughts?"
Cole looked at his pilot. He'd flown with Pete often enough that they'd become casual friends. Apparently often enough that Pete thought he could pry.
"I made the right choice."
"Your mother didn't seem to think so."
Cole shrugged, wincing inwardly at the memory of the tears in his mother's eyes when she'd turned away on the tarmac. He'd never seen her cry and, by the determined way she strode back toward the car, she didn't intend for that to ever change.
"She worries," he said, raising his voice above the drone of the engine. "My father understands."
He hadn't at first. "Politics will change you. You're not hard enough or hungry enough to thrive in that world."
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Rebellion, book 3 of the Lost City Shifters Series by Eleri Stone captivates the reader with its twisted and tense plot! I mean, seriously, throw wolf shifters into a clan of very private and mysterious jaguar shifters who are facing a potentially devastating war amongst rival factions, add romantic animal magnetism, betrayal, and you KNOW the fur is going to fly! The only question is, who will be the last beast standing? Cole Brandt is a wolf shifter sent to help negotiate a treaty with the mysterious and fierce Amazonian jaguar shifters, captured by rebel jaguars, he is then rescued by Taya Silveira, a prickly jaguar captain loyal to her king. Each has their own opinion of and prejudices against the other shifters and the tension is running high. When Cole and Taya feel a physical attraction to each other, it has an inevitable result, making the steam and heat of the jungle seem tame when compared. But, can they admit their feelings for each? Would this be seen as betrayal to their packs and their kind? Eleri Stone knows how to tell a story! Not only can she create vivid images of the background scenes, (I swear my hair went limp in the heat and humidity!) but the raw emotional conflicts between the characters was extremely powerful! The chemistry between Cole and Taya was beautifully done with Cole’s calm manner slowly breaking down Taya’s hardened façade, very real, very romantic in the midst of the chaos around them. And the pace? Fast, constant, alive and tense! Is she an author I’m going to keep track of? Oh, yes, you betcha! This review copy was provided by NetGalley and Carina Press in exchange for my honest review.