Born this Way by Poppy Dennison (3 Stars)

Nice shifter story with a focus on Hart, a liger, trying to claim Dayton, his human mate. Hart’s character needed more development to give the story a stronger emotional connection. There were a few unanswered questions that left me wondering why certain things happened. I liked how Dayton made it clear that just because Hart knew Dayton was his mate, it didn’t mean that Dayton felt the same way. I thought this was going to lead to a strong development of the relationship between the two characters, and we would see them spend a lot of time together. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and the story focused on everything but their relationship.



Dayton Whitmore injures his arm playing basketball with his lion-shifter friends, and his best friend asks Dayton to check on her estranged brother Hart while he’s in Atlanta visiting a specialist. Though Dayton and Hart were never close, he grudgingly agrees.

Banishment from his pride meant Hart Sherman could never see his family again. His liger heritage—a tiger mother and lion father—was a thorn in his alpha father’s side. He always planned to go back for Dayton, the man he knows is his mate, but he uses his career as an entertainment attorney as an excuse to avoid risking Dayton’s rejection. When Dayton shows up unannounced on his doorstep, Hart wants nothing more than to claim him.

Knowing what it means to be a lion’s mate, Dayton isn’t in any hurry to make a lifetime commitment. To convince Dayton he’s serious, Hart must come to terms with the circumstances of his birth—and find a place in the pride for them both.

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