January 15th, 2011

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Cameron’s Pride (A Thrown to the Lions Story 4) by Kim Dare

Cameron’s Pride is a good shapeshifter romance who revisited on reverse the classical romance theme of the prince charming and the pretty man/cinderfella; Cameron, nom de plum Caramel, is a shapeshifter lion who earns his keep officially as a stripper and unofficially, but quite clearly, as an hustler. He hates what he is forced to do, but he has not pride to protect/help him, and no art other than selling his body. Franklin is one of the patron of the clubs Cameron works for and he would be more than willing to be one of the men buying Cameron, for a night or even more. But unexpectedly Cameron, instead of accepting the offer, runs away. Franklin is no man to be denied a new toy and so he decides to contact the local lions pride to “buy” Cameron from them; only that not only the pride doesn’t know where Cameron is, they are as much interested as Franklin to find the renegade lion, and once they will find him, they have no intention to sell him out to a human.

As soon as Cameron is found, the story take an unexpected turn: it’s not Franklin who will master Cameron, it’s Cameron who makes Franklin his pet; and Franklin is unable to resist him, both I think since he is arrived to love the werelion, and also since he wants to pay back Cameron for all the hurt he received from men like him. It’s odd to see Cameron in the role of the Master since he has still a lot of anger in him, and one of the things I learned reading BDSM stories, is that a Master has to be in full control of his emotions. That is the main issue they have to resolve: for Cameron to be the right Master for Franklin, he has to forgive himself, but also the men who did him wrong in the past, and going even further in his past, his former pride who let him down.

Cameron not only needs to possess Franklin to prove that no one can hurt him, he has also to find a replacement for his former pride and family, and in Arslan, the alpha of the pride, he will find the fatherly figure he needs to feel save. Since Arslan will cover that role, there is no needs for Franklin, that at the beginning was a willing candidate, both since he has money, than since he is slightly older than Cameron (even if 2 years are not so much); actually all Franklin’s attitude of being older and more important is given all by his money, and once you remove this factor, he is exactly at the same level as Cameron.

Very good and nice interaction between the characters, and interesting shifting of power and personality.


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Amazon Kindle: Cameron's Pride (Thrown to the Lions)
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (December 17, 2010)

Series: Thrown to the Lions
1) Ryland's Sacrifice
2) Marrick's Promise
3) Ellery's Duty: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1227482.html
4) Cameron's Pride

Reading List:

http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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Behind the Cover: Ron Lesser

"I'm trying to tell a story. I like people to look at one of my paintings and feel like they could step into the scene." --Ron Lesser
While growing up, Ron Lesser was recognized for his extraordinary artistic potential. Following his graduation from New York's High School of Music and Art, he studied at the prestigious Pratt Institute of Art and Art Students League of New York under the influential artist and teacher, Frank J. Reilly.

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Drawing on his extensive fine arts background he is inspired by the marvelous 19th century classical military painters such as Edouard Detaille, Alphonse De Neuville, Ernest Messionier and others. Ron focuses on those artists whose paintings most represent a dedication to realism and technical skill. It is his affinity with the masters of military art that sets a Ron Lesser painting apart from his contemporaries.

As a successful and versatile historical artist, Lesser created Western movie art for "High Plains Drifter," "Paint Your Wagon," "The Way West," and the storyboards for the dream sequence in "A Man Called Horse." He has painted the covers of Western book authors such as Louis L'Amour, Luke Short, Will Cook, Gordon Shirreffs and others. In addition to his singular vision of Native American life he more recently has created a significant body of work documenting America's Civil War.

The highly respected New York Art Directors Club, in existence since 1921, has twice honored Lesser for Best Movie Art of the Year and The Society of Illustrators of New York, founded in 1901, has bestowed on him numerous Gold Medals for his paintings.

Collected by museums and discriminating collectors, he has been featured in many prominent art publications, including Art Business News, Art World News, US Art, True West Magazine, and Southwest Art Magazine.