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My name is Talon Shaw and I am the alpha of a pride of black panthers. My cat finds his mate in a human female and she wants a date! Panthers don’t date…we mate.
Before my plans fall into place to court the woman who is destined to be my mate, one of my pride is taken and held for ransom.
That ransom is me.
I will do anything for my pride, but my little human mate puts her
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 213 pages
Published February 29th 2016
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T.M. Payne
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book: Talon (Rise of the Pride, Book 1)
Author: Theresa Hissong
Publication Date: 2/29/2016
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 4 Stars


*May contain spoilers *

New to me author.

Talon is alpha to a pride of panthers that have now come out to the humans. Of all things, Talon expected to find his mate was not one of those things and she is none other than a human. Liberty owns the local bar and is one truly alpha female. Not much scares her until someone is after her but why?

Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disliked, dnf
Very stilted dialogue, under developed plot, and both leads were not great. Shifters have been filmed, so the secret is out, but the H who is not the smartest person, is talking to a group of reporters at a press conference. Where is the rest of the world - that was it, other than the usual tropes, of humans being immediately mean. The h is young, carries a gun, runs a bar, lives on a property and is feisty. Just like way too many other poorly developed female characters. Nothing new or special, ...more
Jun 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Shell Newcomb
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another author had spoke about Theresa Hissong books so I thought I have to try it and boy I'm glad I did I found it very intriguing and looking forward to get started on the next book in the series (Winter) Okay now I've found another great series
Astrid Miles
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Astrid's Description: The panther shifters have been outed to the media, yet only one press conference and NO press following the group around? Other than that, it is your typical, shifter falls for a human and they are true mates.

I actually am torn about this one. There are several good aspects to it. For example, females cannot be touched by any male that is not her mate or alpha. That rule was a new one for me; I found it creative. The shifter rules are laid out and followed (i.e. there is no
C Exley Books (Cassandra)
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I love my shifter books and this is the first one I have read based on a Panther shifter. The book had me hooked from the start and I never wanted to put it down. I just had to started book 2 before I wrote this review as I just had to see what happened next. I love this authors books and this one is just as good as her others.

The most interesting thing to me is that a mated or potential mate female will feel pain at the touch of another male other than her mate. This is something different as I
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! I especially love panthers, Now shifter panthers! Woah! That’s super Hot! I loved Talon! He did piss me off a couple of times for being a dick, but he is such an awesome alpha! I loved Liv, she is a badass. She sticks up for herself and I loved that about her! Great book definitely recommend reading!
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a quick low angst read that had enjoyable characters.
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Shifter Haven

Talon is the first, introductory story in the Rise of the Pride series, which looks to be a rather long ongoing series. The kind that I enjoy most. Ms Hissong has added some fascinating bits to Shifter lore, the most interesting to me is that a mated (or potential mate) female will feel pain at the touch of another male other than her mate. These panther shifters know their mates not only by instinct, but by touch as well – and the avoidance of touch brings an interesti
Melinda ~ Twinsie Talk
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where has this series been or I must have been under a rock. I saw the cover of this box set and thought oh that looks like it would be good. Then I read the blurb. OH yes I need this one I mean really its panthers how can one resist a panther shifter. This one was wonderful.
Talon is the alpha of his pride. His pride has been outed to the world. Now he has to protect his pride along with appease the humans. There are those who are accepting of them those who are not and some that are down right
Tanja Hansen
Jun 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Don't read this review unless you're okay with some spoilers.

Talon was the most boring non scary were panther I've ever read about.

Things I hate.

1. When a were-anything finds their "mate" the female, cannot, under any circumstances be touched by another male, since it will cause her PHYSICAL PAIN... What? *screeching*
Of course, we all know females are fickle minded creatures that cannot be trusted not to go around fucking any male they see. But that wasn't enough, no Sir. Say goodbye to hands
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
If you want an easy, hot and heavy, romantic shifter book then this book would definitely fill that void. I think the Amazon description tells you about all you need to know to decide if this book will be for you "My cat finds his mate in a human female and she wants a date! Panthers don’t date…we mate."

Talon is the alpha of a pride of werepanthers that inadvertently become outed to the public. The book gives what I would call a non-typical description of what life for a werepanther is like from
Jac K
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Story of Talon, an alpha panther and his mate Liberty. I received this free from BookBub The story starts with humans recently discovering that shifters are real, but that was really not developed on. There was one press conference and then zip. The book was ok, Liberty is a strong, brave female, but came off as kinda dumb and hick (ish) she really doesn’t have much of a personality. Overall the characters are pretty vanilla. The alpha isn’t very alpha. There relationship is pretty emotionless. ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book.
Talon, the Alpha of the Panther Pride, finally meets his true mate and she's a human. The only problem is, Liberty wants to date first. Shifters don't date. So they try it out her way, until trouble comes knocking at his door. He must put the Pride first. That has been ingrained in his head since he became Alpha after his father died in a fatal car accident 3 years ago.
When a teenage girl, who is also his brother's girlfriend, Evie, is kidnapped from her home
Sakina Carter
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasatly surprised by this ook, It kept coming across as a recommeneded book and I finally decided to give it a try.

What I enjoyed the most about the storyline was the fact that it was realistic enough with the panther being caught shifting, I mean with everyone recording everything with their phones!!!

This story focuses on Talon the young alpha of the panthers nd he finds his mate in a human, Liberty. I enjoyed seeing him try to do things the human way instead of the other way around, i
Bookish Addict
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Fast paced panther shifter read. The storyline is ok. It had some slow moments that I felt could have been left out of the book. It's interesting that single male panther shifters never touch any female because that's how they know for sure it's their mate and if the female is already mated, it would be a painful touch for the male. I think it's a different concept, but definitely odd. There's some action and being at war with another shifter group because they blame Talon for members of his pri ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A GREAT read!! Can't wait for the next book Winter!!

I LOVED this book and the storyline. I was recently introduced to Theresa Hissong's books and I'm very happy for the friends that recommended her books to me. I love reading Paranormal Romance and Theresa brings the romance and undeniable love that life mates have for one another. Regardless of it being fiction, it's something that every woman wants to have with their one and only true love. This book also had suspense and was very exciting. As
Amanda Evans
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had everything, action, suspense, and lots of romance. I don't normally read shifter books but this one had me gripped from the very first page. The writing was flawless, the characters were well crafted and I found myself falling for Talon Shaw. I loved Liberty's character as well. She was feisty, brave, and stubborn. There was plenty of action in this book and the storyline gripped me and I held my breath on numerous occasions. The author has a way of taking you into the story and we ...more
Talon is the alpha of a panther pride in the upper part of Mississippi. He finds his mate when he least expects it with the trouble for his pride when two young panthers shifted in front of humans and were taped.

Liberty owns the local bar with her younger sister Nova and doesn't know what she is getting into when she fall hard for Talon and becomes his mate.

Wolf shifters are unhappy with the public announcement of shifters and want to eliminate Talon and his Pride. This starts the trouble that i
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is my first shifter story from Theresa Hissong and it definitely won't be my last! It's an action packed adventure filled with a love story. A small town sees its shifters for the first time. Liberty doesn't really care about them she just wants to run her bar. Talon is the alpha panther, he knows that this human is his mate and is conflicted about it. The slow burn of attraction and chemistry is refreshing to read. There is so much going on in the book, but not confusing. I really enj
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
First time read with this author and this book was pretty good. The human race has found out that shifters exist. Talon the alpha of his Pride has to deal with the fallout. Talon finally realizes once he touches Liberty, a woman he has known for a few years, that she is his mate. However she is human and he believes that it will not work out between them. Filled with some minor angst, suspense, a bit of action and some hot sexy scenes, finally leads to a HEA, once Talon faces the truth. He canno ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Simple writing, but entertaining. I wasn't my favorite cat shifter story, but it left me wanting to read more in the series to get the story about the other cats we met. Particularly the young couple, they honestly had more chemistry and emotion in the small pieces of their tale we got to see, than the main characters. Their book isn't until much later in the series though. This one was a freebie, it might be worth the $11 to pick up the whole series.

People should definitely be cautious of trig
Erica Tyre
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it

The female lead has a definite TSTL moment that sort of ruins things towards the end. I was already on the fence about whether or not I really bought into the premise behind the bad guys. It seems a bit flimsy. I liked the characters in the story, though, so I stuck with it. That TSTL moment was so bad, though, that I almost couldn’t get through it. I will still give the next book a shot, though, because I want to know more about Nova and Evie. I just hope there are no more stupid females. I
Katy Rose
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great quick read!!

I really loved this book! I haven't read many panther shifters! Hissing has simple and direct plotting and language which is refreshing in a "real" way. The character development is still ongoing into book two so I look forward to reading on! I really loved the story between Talon and Liberty. The stubborn nature of both main characters and the dialogue moved the story along. I love how each book is it's own stand alone, and yet they join together in one long story! I look forw
Carol Dawn
I loved this book! It sat in my kindle library for a long time and it caught my eye as I was browsing one day. There were a few times when I wanted to jump my kindle and strangle me an alpha but he made up for being a jerk. I am a little upset that the rest of the series isn't on Kindle Unlimited. I must have bought the first one or it was free and I thought it looked good. I went to download the second one and realized that it wasn't on KU. Now, I have to wait until I get my book budget back up ...more
Mary A Browne
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book

Liberty and Talon are meant to be together. Liberty runs a bar and declares it neutral ground after the news hits that there are shifters on their midst. Talon sees Liberty take down a drink that was hassling them and is amazed. He's told that Liberty is an alpha among humans and his panther reacts accordingly. He wants her for his mate but she's not having it. It takes some time and a kidnapping to convince her she belongs to him. It's a great book and I highly recommend it to anyone
Sue Davis
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved This... Hope to Read More of Her Work

A good but young Alpha, torn between his pride and a human mate he didn't really think he would find for another 10 or more years if ever. Strangers on his property, a missing young female of his pride, trying to protect his pride and his unclaimed mate. Feelings of 'am I doing enough ' when his mate is also taken. And a great lead in to the next book as they are also protecting his mate little sister and one of her protectors is interested. What will h
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it

I always enjoy mate books when one is a shifter and the other is human. I enjoyed the villain part of the story, though I felt the books ending was a bit disjointed. It seemed to be trying to give us a HEA and set up for the sequel, but it felt like 2 different endings that had been spliced together. I didn't feel everything had been wrapped up for the story to end the way it did.
Bubbles The Book Pimp
First book in this series.

Talon is dealing with panthers being outed...his pride of panthers. Aswell as fighting his shifter urges for liberty, the owner of a local bar.

Que the mating fever when the accidentally touch and he realises she is his mate.

Action packed with a nice pace, great start to a this new series. Proper page turner.
I'm looking forward to reading the following stories in this series.
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