This highly entertaining science fiction/paranormal romance combines humor, imagination and contemporary situations in a wonderful mélange. The contrast between highly advanced beings who have wondrous inventions, remarkable shifting abilities, and incredible alliances with various types of entities and down-to-earth, resourceful, and pragmatic human females is deftly portrayed in an engaging story. I love the imagery evoked and the patent disbelief of these self-assured, extremely capable alpha males when faced with the St. Claire women (and Ruby). It was not a problem reading this story as a stand-alone, but I have to admit that I am highly curious about the story that came before, and there are threads laid down in this tale that I would love to see explored. This is the first story that I have read by this author, but I will definitely be looking for others as this was such a fun and imaginative story that captured my attention and kept me laughing throughout the entire narrative.
“Viper’s Defiant Mate” by S.E. Smith is part of the ‘Sarafin Warriors’ series and follows Prince Viper d’Roja, a cat shifter, who has been assigned to retrieve his brother’s mate’s human family. His blithe disregard of her warnings about the risk of dealing with her sister Tina St. Claire and grandmother Pearl result in more difficulties than he anticipated, especially when his cat lays claim to Riley. Dangers other than those found on Earth also threaten Viper’s family, but first he has to survive his encounters with tasers, drug-filled darts and a shotgun full of unconventional ammunition—but at least Ruby the chicken finds him fascinating!
Prince Viper d’Rojah, a warrior from the Sarafin cat shifter species, is not happy when he is sent on a special mission by his older brother Vox, King of the Sarafin. The mission is to deliver important documents to the human authorities before kidnapping the sister and grandmother of Vox’s mate, Riley. He has handled tougher assignments in his sleep and just wants to get back to finding the traitors trying to kill him and his family!
Tina St. Claire was finally happy with her life until her big sister, Riley, suddenly disappeared. Even Grandma Pearl suspected that Riley’s ex-employer was hiding something. Determined to find Riley, Tina’s research unwittingly leads the danger to her and Grandma Pearl. The unexpected arrival of a strange man causes things to go from bad to worse when he gives her and Grandma Pearl a packet of material he claims is from Riley.
Riley had warned Viper that neither her sister nor Grandma Pearl would willingly come with him. Viper could care less whether the females wanted to come or not, he had never failed a mission and wasn’t about to start now.
Viper soon discovers this mission has turned into the most important one of his life when both he and his cat recognize that Tina is their mate. Now, he has to keep Tina and her gun toting Grandmother alive. The question is, who is going to save him when both women discover his plans to kidnap them?