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Assassins, traitors, and a goddess with a guiding hand culminate in more than one life-threatening secret....

Prince Walkyr d'Rojah's mission is to find an ancient artifact known as the Heart of the Cat - a powerful gem that connects his people, its magic woven through the Sarafin like his predatory cat is woven into himself. Walkyr's only clues are an ancient scroll and the legends passed down through generations. However, he isn't the only one searching for it. A sect determined to overthrow the royal families of the Sarafin, the Curizan, and the Valdier wants the gem for themselves. They are more than willing to do whatever it takes to obtain it.

Trescina Bukov's affinity with large cats has taken her all over the world, but this time, a frantic call from a rescue group compels her to fly to Wyoming in the US. A new species of leopard was discovered near death, she's told, and this "new species" sounds enough like a shape-shifter that Trescina hurries to examine this cat.

Their first meeting is explosive, and Walkyr is shocked when the human female connects with his leopard - recognizing what he is and what his weaknesses are, and this is only the beginning of how his mission has gone wrong!

©2019 S.E. Smith (P)2019 S.E. Smith

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Narrator does a great job as usual.

Narrator David does a great job with Trescina’s Russian accent. Still find the beginning very sad. More enjoyable in audible as the missing answers aren’t so obvious. BOOK REVIEW First read in the box set PETS IN SPACE 3. I must admit to buying this book but not rushing to reread it as I have been waiting for the next book to answer some questions from this story. The beginning has you gritting your teeth at the horror happening. It starts out going back in time to the Great War and is very upsetting with all the evil and treasonous things happening that make up some of the past history of the Sarafin and the war between the Curizan and Valdier. I will admit to liking this story very much but not loving it. Found it missing that trademark spark of Ms Smith and lacking the humorous and romantic aspect of the previous books. Thought the actual Heart of the Cat philosophy was sweet. It is what is inside your heart that matters. I found it slow going at a couple of parts and then felt rushed at the ending. Did not do this series justice and has left a lot of things open ended. It was just too condensed with what happens to Raul, Vlad getting away, with no descriptive explanation from any point of view. We then are jumping weeks and months ahead Things must be carried over in future books but I do like a tidier ending. What happened with Vlad the Hunter? His being able to get away from a Sarafin Prince was shocking. He must be returning in Katarina’s, the sisters, story. Did they get any information from Ranker?

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  • ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!)
  • 10-05-2019

Heart of the Cat is not what you think

I am obsessed with everything that S.E. Smith writes. She has a very creative imagination that sucks you in. This book was released initial in Pet in Space 3, an anthology for charity. If you follow her on Facebook she clearly stated that this was part of that anthology and that she will be releasing this story as part of the Sarafin Warriors' series as well.

I understand the frustration and the anger of some people who think that Ms. Smith duped them into buying this story twice but she stated on Facebook and in her newsletter that this story was going to be released in the anthology as well as part of the series it belongs to.

Now on to the review of this story, Walkyr is part of the royal family on Sarafin. We have met him briefly in the previous couple of books that deal with his brothers. He wants a nice quiet woman who allows him to go on missions and when he gets home food is on the table ready for him. Little does he know the Goddess is not going to let him has his way.

This book had a lot of different things that were going on within it. There was betrayal, greed, and denial. This book fit it with the Sarafin, Valdier, and the Curizan world. I did enjoy Trescina. She was a strong and independent woman who took no BS from anyone.

I also loved the interaction her and her cat had with one another. I love when we get a peak into the inner cat or the inner dragons in Smith's book. I think they are very funny and I would love a book from their perspective.

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  • Audrey
  • 02-03-2019

meh

My least favorite book in this series. Zero chemistry build up, no steamy scenes, seems like a half effort. Really disappointed because I've enjoyed the series until now.

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  • JodyL
  • 07-04-2019

Awesome!

I just can't get enough of these stories! I love the narration and the story. I hope for many more!
Trescina has known she is different from everyone else because she can change into a tiger. She can also communicate with all of the large cats that reside in the Sanctuary. When bad men come to her home when she is around six and kills her mother, her stepfather and half sister Katrina must run for their lives.
Many years later Walkyr is sent to earth because of a prophecy in order to retrieve the "Heart of the Cat" which appears to be some sort of gem. The evil group that wants power is also searching for it. They will do anything to get it. Walkyr gets hurt protecting a human child from them while he is in cat form. He is taken to a different sanctuary and Trescina is called to help.
There is more information revealed about the group and a lot of excitement surrounding a hidden Sarafin community. The goddess also makes several appearances in this book.

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  • Dawn B
  • 30-03-2019

can't wait for more

I have fallen in love with the cats, dragons, and magicians of the Sarafin, Valdier, and Curizan. I have only been listening to the audiobooks and as a result I think I have missed a few things. I'm about to listen to Pearls dragon and then I get to enjoy the babies editions. please keep them coming and if possible continue with putting them into audio form for those of us who are fortunate enough to listen while they are working.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-04-2019

I loved it!

Great narration and a funny and interesting story to boot! I highly recommend this series. It's great. Now I am just waiting for the next in the series, so I will try another from the author because I have not been disappointed yet.

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  • Sharon Demond
  • 12-03-2019

heart of the cat

awesome story can't wait for the next installment. would have liked more info on her sister.

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  • (Mimi) Johnson
  • 09-03-2019

Peanut Butter and Jelly

First of all, let me say that David Brenin and SE Smith go together like peanut butter and jelly. His readings of her stories are always so awesome.

While this addition to the Sarafin Warrior Series wasn't my favorite it was very well written. My only issue with the story was that the beginning of the story had me a tiny bit confused and took a while for me to get into it. However, it was a good story. It also ties in with The Dragon Lords of Valdier and The Curizan Warriors series. A lot of Ms. Smith books have a tie in with other series if you pay attention. At any rate, she did it once again and now I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

If you go to S E Smith's website, you will see the order of the series. You do not have to read the previous books to listen to this one but if you read the series in order it will give you a better appreciation and a complete picture of this one.

All in all, another good listen!!!

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  • Jaime
  • 06-03-2019

loved it!

a little longer story would have been nice but otherwise it was a great story can't wait to hear about her sister Katarina. also cannot wait to hear about Pauloo's story

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  • NightRunner
  • 03-09-2021

Good Story

3.75 Stars for me!

My rating range of this story...
If significant, why? 3.5 - 4 Stars

Main Character Ratings...
H = 8/10
h = 8/10

Was cheating involved? No
Any major triggers to be aware of?

Scenes with heat... Yes
What point does it start? 90%
How much of the story? 5%
Anything beyond M/F? No
If yes, explained

Heat Rating... 5/10
Clean or Fade to Black - 1 or 2
Normal to Descriptive 3-5
Detailed Descriptive Sex - 6-7
Um, Wow, Beyond Descriptive Sex - 8 or above

Was there so much sex or unrealistic sex that you rolled your eyes and/or skipped forward? No

The back story... H lands on Earth and gets injured while in his cat form. The clinic calls the h to assist.

The Romance... Instalove by the H's cat

The drama explosion... Bad guy tries to do a bad thing.
Did it feel real or contrived? Neither
Was it OTT? No
Separation involved? No
Was it resolved properly or rushed? Properly

Final Notes... Good shifter story with minimal sex and a slightly different storyline. I wish that the h had been allowed to save herself.


HEA or HFN? HEA

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  • Romance Junkie 2.0
  • 06-08-2021

4.5 Stars..Third Book in the Series

The story begins with an attack by traitors seeking power. The betrayal of a shifter cat people..a goddess and a rescue
A story of honor/dishonor, love/hate, deception/honesty and a legend to unearth
Excited, suspense, action and the finding of a mate
The narrator is great and entertains with story and performances

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  • deeann
  • 12-07-2019

brilliant book love S.E.Smith

loved it great story. loved the characters.
hard to put down. can't wait for next one

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