Audiobook Review: Valiant (New Species, #3). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Valiant by Laurann Dohner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tammy has always tried to be prepared for any calamity life might send her way but she never imagined a sexy, lion man-beast in her future. He’s huge, got the most exotic, golden cat-eyes she’s ever seen, and she’s so terrified she’s speechless for the first time in her life. He’s stalking closer, growling at her, and she’s too terrified to even flee.


Valiant hates humans. But when he gets a whiff of the adorable human female who has invaded his territory, he starts rethinking. Her fear scents of pure, sweet temptation and the closer he gets, the more appealing she becomes. Once he’s got his hands on her, he isn’t about to let her go. One thought will change his life. MINE!


Before Tammy can regain her senses, she’s flat on her back in Valiant’s bed. Now he just has to use every inch of his big, buff body to convince her that she should stay with him forever.


Great supporting characters

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙🎙
Romance: 💚🖤💙💜
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📔
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 🙃🥹☺️🤭

The heroine: Tammy – catering company employee who was given incorrect directions to the party she was catering and she ends up trespassing on Valiant’s property. She finds herself in his yard being stalked by him while others try to get him to back off and leave her alone. However, she is ovulating and he wants to breed her.

The Hero(es): Valiant – He is New Species, and has a home in the wild zone of the New Species Reservation. The New Species that live there weren’t so lucky in the genetic experiments as some. Many are feral and more animal than human and have sworn to kill any human that encroaches on their territory. Valiant is 6’5”, has cat eyes and, leonine features and long hair.

The Story: Valiant takes Tammy into his home before the people in his yard are able to call for reinforcements and is easily able to have his way with her. Valiant was introduced at the end of the last book Slade, where he helped Trisha and asked her to find him a mate. He wanted one of the New Species females because they are tall and strong, but he wants to keep Tammy as soon as he sees her.

I have to admit that I didn’t like Tammy at all from the start. She goes from shaking and unable to move or speak when he first came close to her, to giving him snarky and bratty comments after he takes her hostage, to hooking up with him within minutes of meeting him. It was a bit unrealistic without even taking into account that he is part lion and looks like it. Plus I like a heroine who doesn’t give it up so easily.

This book was a bit too steamy for my liking. I mean I enjoy the steamy books, but not when the main characters seem to get it on at least once per chapter or so, which is what it seemed. I ended up fast forwarding through multiple love scenes because I had enough. The story got much better toward the end. I am really liking all the supporting characters. In this one, 927 was a favorite.


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