He Ain't Lion (Ridgeville, #1)
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He Ain't Lion (Ridgeville #1)

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***This title is also available in the "Ridgeville Series Volume I" ebook bundle along with "You're Lion" and "Ball of Furry". You can snag all three books for $5.99!***

Life sucks... And then you get turned into a werelion...

Curvaceous, blonde bombshell Maya Josephs is looking for a little action to take her mind off of her recent break-up. Crazy werecats or not, an evenin...more
Kindle Edition, 63 pages
Published April 29th 2012 by Summerhouse Publishing
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I read this book as part of the Shifter Romance Boxed Set. This was an unapologetic hilarious read. It was sexy and silly and never took itself seriously. There was rude language, WereLions, tons of sex, and one seriously sassy plus-sized woman.


There was not a lot of romance, though it is technically a paranormal-romance... Id say it was more of a Sexy Shape-Shifter Comedy. I like it for what it was. If you're looking for substance and romance... this is probably not for you. But if you n...more
Alpha Alex O'Connell is anxiously waiting to participate and oversea the mating frenzy that occurs every few months and if lucky a pregnancy occurs. However, Alex doesn't need an unaware human entering the premises and plans to shoo her away immediately until he catches her scent.

Maya Joseph has an itch she needs scratched, she has been told about the orgy that will occur and figures it is the perfect time for a one night stand. Alex looks like a perfect candidate for her, but Maya has know clue...more
The "Ridgeville" series has the big three-erotic romance, shifters, and humor. Throughout the series, Maya (the heroine of "He Ain't Lion"), offers up rollicking "Maya-isms". Having read the series, my all time favorite words of wisdom are "Live by the three 'F' rule: If they don't fuck you, feed you, or finance you, they don't matter." I just could not stop laughing!

The story: "Life sucks...and then you get turned into werelion. Curvy Maya Josephs is looking for a little fun after a bad break...more
I liked the storyline, but nothing else was fully developed, everything was way too rushed even for a short 63 pages long story.
Mar 10, 2014 Delta rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of shifter romance with humor
Recommended to Delta by: Haikufall
3.5 stars

This was a fun, sizzling read with a snarky heroine.

Still free on Amazon today, 03-10-14. (PNR, Lion-shifter)

3.5-4 stars

This was a pretty good story and I liked Maya and Alex. The story was pretty typical PNR fair as far as story line goes but it was infused with a bit of humor and outrageousness that kept me interested.

Maya is a BBW that's nice and has a bit of spirit. She was recently in a relationship with a guy who sounds like he was rather unadventurous and didn't treat her very well. Now she wants forget about the breakup and to do this she's decided to indulge in a one night stand. Maya goes to...more
Melissa Kendall
Before I get to my review I just wanted to preface it this with a note. If your under eighteen, don't like coarse language or hard sex these books and this review are not for you.
So, I stumbled across this series of books purely by accident one day. Shifter books are at the top of my list for genre of books I like to read. The thing is for the most part the books are about wolf packs. After a while when you have read a substantial quantity of them they start to get a little similar. So, I decide...more
Danielle Book Boss
2.75 stars

Hmmmmm what to say about this short story...


I liked the premise of Celia Kyle's first book in the Ridgeville series. I like that it's set in NC (though we only here one reference to it being in NC). I like that there is the potential for some fun/different animal shifters than we've seen in other books. So why less than three stars...since you asked:

The BAD:

Damn something about the heroine was annoying. She went from being heartbroken, to trying to justify hoeing around for o...more
Jenifer Mohammed
Great story ! A lot of fun to read with lots of sex but not much more than a lion finding and claiming his mate. It's a short novella so I'm sure that the longer novels will have more of a plot. I will definitely try to read more works by this author.
Maddy Barone
Fun! The series starts off with a bang. If you enjoy shifter romance with smolderingly hot sex, I think you'll enjoy this!
Apr 17, 2014 Angela marked it as 1-click
17 April 2014: $0.00 FREE on Kindle
So, I Read This Book Today
Life sucks... And then you get turned into a werelion...

He Ain’t Lion is the first in the Ridgeville Series, by Celia Kyle. Girls just want to have fun, right? And Maya Josephs needs a bit of fun after a nasty breakup, and what a better time to have than a wild night at Genesis, the shifter bar which is hosting the semiannual Gaian Moon – the shifter “get naked and get funky” night, designed to propagate the species. In other words, get naked, get in a pile, get babies. The semiannual Gaian Moon...more
Maya picked the wrong day to come to Genesis. This is there night for sexual inhibition. The only ones allowed to be privy to this ritual are the fellow shifters and those humans in the mix and willing to participate in these sexual evenings. Maya is none of that. So, when Maya is summoned to the owner’s office she doesn’t know what to expect. When Alex summons Maya he has all the intentions of throwing her out of the club. But, once he meets her he realizes that is the last thing he wants. Maya...more
Angela W.
This was a cute little short story and a first time author for me. Maya goes to a local place that was highly recommended to her by a good friend to help feed her inner naughty girl and help recover from a recent break-up. She's immediately in her glory once she enters Genesis and sees almost all eyes are on her. It's like a kid in a candy store and Maya is going to shop! Just about to get her first drink of the evening, she approached by a handsome male and calmly asked if she would follow him....more
Aurian Booklover
Maya Josephs is intent to have a night of sex and fun in Genesis, a nightclub run by shifters. Shifters are out in this world, but not much is known about them. But when Alex smells her in his club, he wants her out immediately. Tonight is a special night, and one of the few a year when their women can become pregnant. But Alex’ lion has other ideas, it smells its mate and it wants her.

And so Maya ends up in Alex’s office and his bed for the night, and slinks of the next morning, not understand...more
Previously read this as part of Ridgeville Series Volume One, back in September 2013.

I loved it then and I loved it now. I do like me some shifter action, and this book certainly delivers. It has all sorts of shifters, even little fluffy bunny rabbits, genius. It has some real lol moments as well.

And to really top it all off it's scorchio hot.

So if you're looking for a funny, shifter, scorchio read then get this little gem.
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Despite He Ain't Lion's rocky and repetitive start, it delivers the funny in spades with inventive swearing and crazy canibalistic thoughts, and dishes up a sexy, but self-conscious, plus-sized main character who upon meeting and bedding the alpha male of a lion shifter pride, transforms from a human female into a fierce and hungry shapeshifting alpha lioness. And there are no premature I Love Yous with the Happy Ever After!

The men here certainly seemed to like a girl with some cushion for the
Dotti Elrick

He Ain't Lion is a very short story. This is the first book by this author that I've read. It was short, but I liked what I read. Enough to look for the next book in the series.

Maya just wants a night out. She wants nothing more than a willing one night stand, to get over a bad break up. She knows the bar she's going to is owned and frequented by the local cat shifters. Her friend has invited her out for the Pride's semiannual sexfest. A night of hot men, hotter sex, and no commitments. Or so sh...more
Jan 22, 2014 Tina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I received this book for free for subscribing to an email newsletter which I found out about at the end of another of Celia Kyle's books - No Ifs, Ands or Bears about it.

This book ticked so many boxes for me, it had a hunky, very Alpha, male who just happens to also be a Werelion. It had a curvy, feisty, female who was just looking for a good time. It had a good dose of comedy and then there was the sex! The Lion King this book certainly isn't!

Take one newly single female, who is just looking fo...more
From the first moment to the last this book will have you laughing and horny all at the same time.

Every six months during the Gaian Moon there’s a huge orgy were cats and familiars, humans, gather to have marathon sex and hopefully cubs. Anyone who becomes pregnant is taken care of for the rest of their life as long as they keep themselves available.

With no idea Maya walks in ready for some hot mind blowing sex that will help her forget a horrible break up. Alex is ready to toss her out but hi...more
Angela Cruz

This is an paranormal, shape shifter, romance, book one in the Ridgeville Series. This can be a stand alone, but I recommend to read the other books in the series. The book does have some sexual content so I advise this book for adults. I adore Celia Kyle and her style of writing, she writes these books to be amazing. I love the full figured women with backbone, and she hasn't let me down in this book. This book makes me laugh so hard, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I adore the friendship that Maya ha...more
I picked this up as a freebie to fulfill a cat shifter requirement for a challenge I'm in. While it wasn't a bad read overall, there were several things that kept it from being a better read for me. First, it is entirely too short! We see one 24 hour period in these character's lives, and it is a very confusing yet erotic day. The reader is given very little to no world building whatsoever, but clues are hinted at that there is a much bigger world than we are being allowed to see. The plot was l...more
Aug 21, 2014 Sarah marked it as ebook-freebies
I blame Ange!

Buddy read with Ange (although she doesn't know it yet!), Erica (a willing participant) & anyone else who is game to join us!

Start date to be confirmed but it's currently free in the UK & US Kindle stores so grab it before the price changes
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

The book begins when Maya goes to the local shifter club. She wants a way to get rid of the pain of her recent break up and she thinks that is the only way to do it. Little does she know she's literal walking into the "Lion's Den" at the worst possible time, and she is actually the mate to the head Lion of the whole place... Crazy things start happening to her once this fateful night occurs.

I didn't really enjoy this book. There just wasn't enough of a s...more
A very quick read for me, and not usually the type of book I go for but I enjoyed it. The concept of the book about shape-shifters and their Rites and Rituals really did intrigue me and I thought it was well written. The eroticism of the story got me hot and bothered enough to want to read more and overall I think the story was good. There was one line in the book (used a few times) that I didn't think fit in with my imaginings of the Prime and how he would speak but it was nothing I couldn't gl...more
I enjoy Ms. Kyle's books, they are light, yummy and fun to read. I find when my life is at its most stressful this is exactly the kind of escape that I need. The sex is hot, the heroin is funny sometimes über strong and sometimes not so much, but she never makes me feel like jumping into the book shaking the female character while yelling at her to either grow a pair or get the hell out of dodge, and the hero's are simply delicious.

Thank you Ms. Kyle you got me through some very long tram rides...more
He Ain't Lion is for people who...

...enjoy a rousing night of sexin' with the local shifters!
...get a kick out of a big, strong Alpha being taken down (metaphorically) by a human girl.
...don't mind when said Alpha marks his mate without telling her what's what.
...like it when newly changed werelion asserts herself.

Heh. I liked this one. Plenty of hot sex, a leader who definitely needs some alone time with his lady, and a happy ending. Niiiiiice.

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Well,it wasn't too bad, but I was a little disappointed. I like cat shifters, they're my favourite, but I felt something was lacking, possibly a bigger storyline as this seemed to be a novella.
The "shit, fuck, damn and growl" curse the male lead used was annoying. What self respecting cat says "Growl." ?! also, the constant use of profanities wasn't necessary and rather annoying. Not that I'm saying everyone went around swearing, but the female lead liked to use it a lot in her thoughts. Both o...more
Feb 08, 2014 Suzan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal romance fans
I really enjoyed the start of this series and have the rest in the series lined up to read next! I love Alex and Maya but Alex did wrong at the start marking Maya without talking to her first but to be fair he did try and rein in his beast and talk to her but she wasn't having it and get pushing him sexually! She's definitely a feisty headstrong heroine who knows how to put her hero in his place and what I love about her hero is how he isn't put off by that in the slightest but loves Maya all th...more
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