This fascinating paranormal romance is a delicious introduction to a world that has very special feline shapeshifters who are part of the elite section of their society. I love the novelty of these multispecies shifters, and the complex organization they have. There are several intriguing characters that are introduced, as well as several layers of mystery, some of which is resolved in this story, and others which will continue into other books in the series. The combination of shapeshifters, children, and humans is a great draw and provides a nice change from many of the stories in this genre. The heat and complicated relationship between the main characters is delicious, and I was fascinated by the interaction of the multiple felids. Many of the characters have painful pasts that have made them despair of finding a true mate, but one definitely hopes that even the most damaged of them will find someone to love and be loved by.
It is my understanding that this is a revamped and re-edited version of an earlier release and that this story is connected to the ‘Kagan Wolves’ series but I had no trouble reading it as a stand-alone story and I am anxious to read more stories that are set in this world because I can’t wait to find out how some of the issues are resolved.
“Treasured Find” by Nancy Corrigan is the first book in the ‘Royal Pride’ series and centers around several very special children who are of interest to Rafe Alexander and his pride. Jasmine (Jazz) has been very careful to hide the two very special little boys that are the one bright reminder of a horrific time in her life, but when a close friend is murdered, she knows that she must share some of her secrets with her ex, who has suddenly become a guardian of a remarkable little girl. Despite her distrust of Rafe’s sudden appearance in their lives, she is inexplicably drawn to him but then she discovers he’s exactly what she has been warned against. Now she must decide whether to trust her instincts, and the wrong decision can be fatal for all of them.
Sometimes the greatest finds are unexpected
After five centuries, Rafe Alexander knows what to expect from life--boredom broken by the occasional call from Shifter Affairs. No matter how mundane the job, he always accepts their plea for help. He knows what it's like to lose loved ones to the shifter trafficking rings decimating their species.
But the task that takes him to West Virginia changes everything. A human is dead. A shifter child is missing. And the human female connected to both tragedies is hiding a secret.
He needs to discover the mystery surrounding her. But the felines he houses--lion, tiger and jaguar--want him to get close to her for another reason. Jasmine is special, both for how she affects him and for the treasure she's been guarding.
And as danger mounts, he's left balancing his desire for revenge and his need to protect. But the line between them isn't always black and white, especially where his family is concerned.