Review: The Pride of Amsterdam (Lionhearts #1) by Elizabeth Coldwell

January 22, 2015 Review 1

Review: The Pride of Amsterdam (Lionhearts #1) by Elizabeth Coldwell

When an ancient enemy is summoned to destroy his pride, a lion shifter must fight to protect the man he loves.

Kees van der Veer has never forgotten the mysterious stranger who seduced him on Millennium Eve and who promised that when the time was right, they would be together again. Returning to Amsterdam after fifteen years away, he is reunited with that stranger, entering into a world of love and danger he could never have imagined.

Arjan is a lion shifter, part of a pride who has lived in Amsterdam since its Golden Age. He has spent fifteen years regretting the need to drive his destined mate away after one night of blissful passion. But only once they meet again can he reveal to Kees the truth of his heritage. When an old enemy is summoned to destroy the pride, Arjan must act to protect not only his family but also the man he loves.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM and food-play.

Title: The Pride of Amsterdam
Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Maestro, Night Voices, Taming the Lion, Steal Your Soul Away
Series: Lionhearts #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Taming the Lion, Pride Under Fire
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: January 16. 2015
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, Male Male Romance
Pages: 142
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: four-flames
Pride of Amsterdam

Kees van der Veer returns to Amsterdam and is reunited with the mysterious stranger that he has never forgotten but Arjan has a shocking secret one that has brought an old enemy back to hunt everyone Arjan loves in this intriguing m/m paranormal romance.

With a steady pace and a smooth flowing plot, this romance keeps readers shivering in anticipation with lots of suspense and passion. Kees left Amsterdam with some emotional misgivings regarding his night with the mysterious stranger and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the story as he returns 15 years later to discover that his client is the mysterious stranger and Arjan regrets that he had to leave his mate and is eager to make up for lost time. The desire still burns hot even after all these years but the emotional fallout from the past and Arjan’s secret plays a heavy toll on the relationship, of course the passion will not be denied between mates so the frequent sex scenes are scorching hot.

The characters are strong and compelling and lots of suspense draws the readers in and ensures that they want to know the outcomes of the multiple intrigues going on in this romance. Kees returned to Amsterdam to investigate some corporate espionage and then there is the fact that several pride members have died mysteriously and Arjan is sure someone is behind what is happening. The well written scenes and details capture the imagination and there are a couple of surprising twists to keep the readers guessing.

Although the story is a little slow in a couple of scenes, I was completely caught up in all the intrigue and the captivating characters and I will be waiting to read the next Lionheart’s book.

 

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Amsterdam – A City for Lovers

 

Amsterdam is one of the cities I love the most. Though it’s built its modern reputation on the easy availability of soft drugs and prostitutes (and a walk through the red-light district, where lingerie-clad women offer their services in the windows, is a real eye-opener), four hundred years ago it was the capital of the most powerful nation on earth. The Netherlands made its money as a trading nation, dealing in spices from the East Indies and ferrying wine and grain from one side of Europe to the other. The wealth this international trade created enabled merchants to build the beautiful tall, gabled houses that still exist in the heart of Amsterdam.

Though Paris and Venice have stronger reputations as being cities for lovers, there’s plenty in Amsterdam to appeal to couples looking for a romantic break. A tour of the city by canal boat is a must if you’ve never visited before – it’s the best way to see the most magnificent of the canalside buildings, and taking the trip at night, when the many bridges are lit up, with a glass of Champagne to hand would get anyone in the mood for love.

There are plenty of intimate little restaurants, well away from the tourist traps around popular areas like Nieuwendijk and the Leidseplein, and if you’re looking for a spot of retail therapy then you have to visit the Negen Straatjes (or ‘Nine Little Streets’) which are home to lots of quirky little shops, including my new favourite, chocolatier Urban Cacao. If upmarket designer brands are more to your taste, then head for department store De Bijenkorf, on Dam Square, or P.C. Hooftstraat, the equivalent of London’s Bond Street or New York’s Fifth Avenue.

Amsterdam is also one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, with plenty of bars and clubs catering to men who love men, though the Homo Monument, built close to the Westerkerk and the Anne Frank Huis, stands as a reminder that those whose sexuality differs from the norm haven’t always been treated with such tolerance.

Some of these places feature in The Pride of Amsterdam. Lion shifter Arjan de Wit lives on the Prinsengracht, one of the city’s main canals, close to the Westerkerk, while his human lover, Kees van der Veer, has a rented apartment on the nearby Herenstraat. But it’s Kees’ best friend, Johnny, who has the type of accommodation I’d choose if I lived in Amsterdam – a houseboat on the pretty Brouwersgracht canal. OK, so houseboats may not be entirely practical, particularly if you’re trying to keep them warm in the middle of a cold winter, but living on water is undeniably more romantic than having a bricks-and-mortar home.

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Amsterdam is the place where Arjan and Kees find their greatest passion, rekindling a love that first begins at a party on Millennium Eve, but it’s also a city where they must defeat those who are seeking to destroy them and everything they hold dear. I hope if you visit it, you will find as much to love there as I do.

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liz coldwellAbout Elizabeth Coldwell:

Elizabeth Coldwell is a multi-published author whose stories have appeared in the best-selling ‘Best Women’s Erotica’ series and Black Lace’s popular ‘Wicked Words’ collections. Formerly the editor of the UK edition of Forum magazine, she also contributed a spicy monthly column, ‘The Cougar Chronicles’, to its pages. She has worked as a senior editor for Xcite Books. When she is not busy writing, she is an avid supporter of Rotherham United Football Club and can be regularly found on the terraces at weekends, cheering her boys to victory (hopefully!).

 

Find Elizabeth at The (Really) Naughty Corner— http://elizabethcoldwell.wordpress.com

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