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When she was four years old, Syrie Montgomery was nearly killed when she got lost on Ratera III, the global zoo her family owns. Eighteen years later, she’s back, kidnapped from her bed and abandoned in the location of her childhood trauma—the expansive Fetoji habitat. Terrified and alone, Syrie runs right into a trap and finds herself at the mercy of the creature who set i When she was four years old, Syrie Montgomery was nearly killed when she got lost on Ratera III, the global zoo her family owns. Eighteen years later, she’s back, kidnapped from her bed and abandoned in the location of her childhood trauma—the expansive Fetoji habitat. Terrified and alone, Syrie runs right into a trap and finds herself at the mercy of the creature who set it—a huge leonine hunter who both scares and captivates her in equal measure… Deep in the woods, Lohr discovers a rare bounty in his hunting net—a tiny, helpless human woman. She begs him to set her free. To keep her safe while she’s stuck in his habitat. And she promises to return the favor, as soon as she can. Lohr scoffs at her offer. How could this mousy little human with blunt teeth and no claws possibly be any help to him? He frees her because he needs his net back. Which is when he notices that she’s soft and pretty. And that she smells good. And that she feels amazing tossed over his shoulder, when he carries her to his home. For her protection, of course… The lion and the mouse develop an instant, sizzling chemistry—but can their passion survive once he realizes that her family is the reason he’s spent his entire life as a zoo exhibit? ---------------------- Cosmic Fairy Tales is a collaboration in which several authors are retelling beloved tales with a science fiction romance twist. Each book is a standalone, containing its own Happily Ever After, and they can be read in any order. Be sure to explore the other titles in the collection: The Hunchback by Regine Abel The Frog Prince by Tracy Lauren Contaminated by Amanda Milo The Ugly Dukeling by Bex McLynn Jackie and the Giant by Honey Phillips Escaping Wonderland by Tiffany Roberts Rampion by Susan Trombley The Lion and the Mouse by Emmy Chandler


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When she was four years old, Syrie Montgomery was nearly killed when she got lost on Ratera III, the global zoo her family owns. Eighteen years later, she’s back, kidnapped from her bed and abandoned in the location of her childhood trauma—the expansive Fetoji habitat. Terrified and alone, Syrie runs right into a trap and finds herself at the mercy of the creature who set i When she was four years old, Syrie Montgomery was nearly killed when she got lost on Ratera III, the global zoo her family owns. Eighteen years later, she’s back, kidnapped from her bed and abandoned in the location of her childhood trauma—the expansive Fetoji habitat. Terrified and alone, Syrie runs right into a trap and finds herself at the mercy of the creature who set it—a huge leonine hunter who both scares and captivates her in equal measure… Deep in the woods, Lohr discovers a rare bounty in his hunting net—a tiny, helpless human woman. She begs him to set her free. To keep her safe while she’s stuck in his habitat. And she promises to return the favor, as soon as she can. Lohr scoffs at her offer. How could this mousy little human with blunt teeth and no claws possibly be any help to him? He frees her because he needs his net back. Which is when he notices that she’s soft and pretty. And that she smells good. And that she feels amazing tossed over his shoulder, when he carries her to his home. For her protection, of course… The lion and the mouse develop an instant, sizzling chemistry—but can their passion survive once he realizes that her family is the reason he’s spent his entire life as a zoo exhibit? ---------------------- Cosmic Fairy Tales is a collaboration in which several authors are retelling beloved tales with a science fiction romance twist. Each book is a standalone, containing its own Happily Ever After, and they can be read in any order. Be sure to explore the other titles in the collection: The Hunchback by Regine Abel The Frog Prince by Tracy Lauren Contaminated by Amanda Milo The Ugly Dukeling by Bex McLynn Jackie and the Giant by Honey Phillips Escaping Wonderland by Tiffany Roberts Rampion by Susan Trombley The Lion and the Mouse by Emmy Chandler

30 review for The Lion and the Mouse

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leyla

    So cute! I really want a story with mahr, lohrs bother.... Sigh. Will review sooon

  2. 5 out of 5

    phoebess

    This book bored me to tears. There was no way I could have beaten around the bush about this. Emmy Chandler's stories from terraformed planets are starting to reek of copy/paste. However, I am most sure that if this wasn't the case, I wouldn't be bored... I would hate it for the heroine alone. She was a selfish and immature, basically a child, constantly going back and forth between "I am angry!/I'm not angry!" and so on... This book bored me to tears. There was no way I could have beaten around the bush about this. Emmy Chandler's stories from terraformed planets are starting to reek of copy/paste. However, I am most sure that if this wasn't the case, I wouldn't be bored... I would hate it for the heroine alone. She was a selfish and immature, basically a child, constantly going back and forth between "I am angry!/I'm not angry!" and so on...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    SO GOOD. More like 4.5. Some typos here and there but whatever. Lohr was the best lion man ever

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I thought about it and while the story and the writing and... everything is not great, it may be the first "romance" novel I've ever read that had no dubious consent. She gives constent, she revokes it, he respects it, he learns and later literally asks for it instead of just assuming. I thought about it and while the story and the writing and... everything is not great, it may be the first "romance" novel I've ever read that had no dubious consent. She gives constent, she revokes it, he respects it, he learns and later literally asks for it instead of just assuming.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Kilburn

    Little Mouse Syrie wakes up on a cold metal cage in the dark. She is confused about how she got wherever here is. Then a man with a !ask turns on the light, so she can watch the bottom fall away. She falls out to the ground. She hears a wild animal running at her. So she runs away, right into a net trap. The animal runs by with a lion/man hot on its heels. Then he comes back to look up at his trap. Lohr can't believe what he's caught, a human female. Syrie asks him if he will her down. Lohr catch Little Mouse Syrie wakes up on a cold metal cage in the dark. She is confused about how she got wherever here is. Then a man with a !ask turns on the light, so she can watch the bottom fall away. She falls out to the ground. She hears a wild animal running at her. So she runs away, right into a net trap. The animal runs by with a lion/man hot on its heels. Then he comes back to look up at his trap. Lohr can't believe what he's caught, a human female. Syrie asks him if he will her down. Lohr catches her before she can hit the ground. They become friends of asort. Before long, they experiment about the differences of their cultures. Their hearts and emotions get in the way. But they know she can't stay. Or can she? You will have to read the book! This is definitely an adult only romance book. Definitely! But I enjoyed reading it emitimously. I recommend this book to anyone who loves the impossible coming through for a happily ever after. I would give it ten stars!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A nice solid start to the Cosmic Fairy Tales series for me! This story is just long enough, sweet, and does a great job reframing a classic tale. After suffering a massive trauma at age 4 in the "zoo" planet her family runs, Syrie hopes to never see it up close and personal again. 18 years later, to her horror she wakes up to discover she's been kidnapped and back in the same enclosure where Very Bad Things Happened in that confusing muddle of memories she has. Maybe her cleverness in evading her A nice solid start to the Cosmic Fairy Tales series for me! This story is just long enough, sweet, and does a great job reframing a classic tale. After suffering a massive trauma at age 4 in the "zoo" planet her family runs, Syrie hopes to never see it up close and personal again. 18 years later, to her horror she wakes up to discover she's been kidnapped and back in the same enclosure where Very Bad Things Happened in that confusing muddle of memories she has. Maybe her cleverness in evading her guards and her parents' tracking systems isn't so clever after all. Syrie is quickly discovered by one of the lion men who live in that preserve and her journey toward understanding that event in her past—and what business her family is really in— begins. Lohr is just trying to make the best of the only life he's ever known and resents. He's existing, but he doesn't Live. His life is one with no privacy—where one can be ogled for entertainment and profit at any time— in a prison that is a poor mimicry of the home planet he only knows from stories the elders around him tell. Out hunting a beast one day, a human woman ends up in his net instead, and he has no choice but to help her if he wants it back. She keeps insisting she can pay him back, even if they both know that she has nothing really to offer him, but he helps her anyway. And you know, she did look like beautiful up there and smells divine... There's just enough understandable drama in this story to keep it interesting without inducing eye rolls, and the cultural misunderstandings are relatable and easy to believe. (SFR often tries too hard to keep things "interesting" and veers right off into Soap Opera Absurd—which can be fun in it's own right, but it gets laid on way too thick in most cases.) What purpose Syrie's kidnapping serves is easy enough to figure out, but the Why is fairly surprising. So. Solid SFR offering and worth a read. Especially if you like yummy, slightly dom-y alien men.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Serena Buffaloe

    Loved it !!! I LOVED this Tale !!!! It was exciting , adventurous , full of monumental moments of mixed up understanding of , " human phrasing " ( especially the " F" word !!) . Very funny !!! I found this a fun book to read , and I would definitely recommend this book for a light hearted , mystery , action\ adventure type of experience !!! Thank you , Emmy Chandler !!!! Loved it !!! I LOVED this Tale !!!! It was exciting , adventurous , full of monumental moments of mixed up understanding of , " human phrasing " ( especially the " F" word !!) . Very funny !!! I found this a fun book to read , and I would definitely recommend this book for a light hearted , mystery , action\ adventure type of experience !!! Thank you , Emmy Chandler !!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    ☆ syu, the romance aficionado ☆

    DNF @ 75% because I can’t fucking take how fucking daft and inhumane the heroine was. Yes, I said inhumane. This bitch saw the Hero as nothing but a savage animal who was only good for a fuck. The amount of times she would talk about his dick was atrocious. I don’t think there was ever a time where she was genuinely scared for her life, because she knew her privileged ass was going to get out of there. She even said that she thought of her being kidnapped as a vacation and talked about missing DNF @ 75% because I can’t fucking take how fucking daft and inhumane the heroine was. Yes, I said inhumane. This bitch saw the Hero as nothing but a savage animal who was only good for a fuck. The amount of times she would talk about his dick was atrocious. I don’t think there was ever a time where she was genuinely scared for her life, because she knew her privileged ass was going to get out of there. She even said that she thought of her being kidnapped as a vacation and talked about missing him once it was all over. Yes. I said what I said. This bitch was PERFECTLY willing to leave him once her time in the zoo was over. She saw nothing wrong whatsoever with her family empire—kidnapping other races, keeping them in a fucking zoo to be gawked at, being treated as a fucking entertainment. You would have thought that a grown ass adult woman would see that something was very wrong with this? BUT NO. She was in fact going to take over the family business! It was only when she realised that her and the Hero were being watched when they were getting into it that she finally realised how invasive, how inhumane it all was. YES. She only realised it when it FUCKING AFFECTED HER. It was only after that, that she came clean to the hero and the way the story tried to make us sympathise with the heroine..... Like, noooooo that crocodile tears are not working for me. It doesn’t matter that you never had a direct involvement in the zoo, idiot. The fact is you knew what was going on but never thought anything was wrong! You were going to take over the business. You were complicit!!!! So save it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    M

    I loved Lohr! He was so amazing, forgiving, loving and sweet. Syrie, however, had a lot to learn from him. He does one little thing she doesn’t like and she leaves, not even stopping to think about his life, his people and everyone else that is in the ‘zoo.’ She is a selfish girl, it takes another person to point out what’s wrong with that world and that she could make changes- something she should have realized from the beginning. Honestly I felt he was way too good for her, but she was the one I loved Lohr! He was so amazing, forgiving, loving and sweet. Syrie, however, had a lot to learn from him. He does one little thing she doesn’t like and she leaves, not even stopping to think about his life, his people and everyone else that is in the ‘zoo.’ She is a selfish girl, it takes another person to point out what’s wrong with that world and that she could make changes- something she should have realized from the beginning. Honestly I felt he was way too good for her, but she was the one he wanted so in that regards there is a HEA- I just wish she had been a better person. Especially when she realized what her dad did to his.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This was a cute and saucy little read. Yay for more fun in the Cosmic Fairy Tale Series! This was a cute and saucy little read. Yay for more fun in the Cosmic Fairy Tale Series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dot & Needle

    DNF. This made my skin crawl as heroine’s family kept hero and his people as zoo animals and she had zero sense that this was wrong.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexisa

    Cosmic Fairy Tales is one of best science fiction retaleing Ive gotten to read. Lohr finds a human caught in his hunting net and is ready to leave her there. In his life he has learned 'Humans are not to be trusted. I learned that lesson the hard way, many years ago.So I turn to leave her there, already mentally mourning the loss of my net. She’s safe up there, and her people will find her. But I cannot be here when that happens.' Only to realize that he cannot leave her there, if only for the re Cosmic Fairy Tales is one of best science fiction retaleing Ive gotten to read. Lohr finds a human caught in his hunting net and is ready to leave her there. In his life he has learned 'Humans are not to be trusted. I learned that lesson the hard way, many years ago.So I turn to leave her there, already mentally mourning the loss of my net. She’s safe up there, and her people will find her. But I cannot be here when that happens.' Only to realize that he cannot leave her there, if only for the reason that he needs his net back. He comes to compare her to a mouse, pretty small and of not much use. Lohr knows Syrie is 'barefoot, scared, and alone. She’s tiny, and though this enclosure may be artificially produced and maintained—a false version of my species’ homeworld—the predators inhabiting it are real, and she is defenseless against them.' So why is she trying to make a deal for his help? '“But do you think you could let me down, now? I’m assuming, based on the fact that you’re holding one of its horns, that that monster is dead? So could you just…?” She reaches up and grabs the net with both hands, then she hauls herself upright, as much as possible. Then she makes a sawing motion toward the fibers. “Can you, like, cut me down? Or something? I promise if you get me out of here, I’ll return the favor.”' My hands reach for her before I realize what’s happening, and it takes all of my self- control to pull them back. If I get caught anywhere near her, I’m as good as dead. But if I leave her out here, she’s as good as dead.

  13. 5 out of 5

    dreamlisy

    omg omg omg! There was so much character build and world build, and sex—Nothing was unbalanced! Omg I loved this so much, and I’m 100% happy with the ending and if this ever gets turned into a series I am so here for it! (some what) Spoiled brat meets gentle giant with fangs and claws and learns about those who are basically not trillionars, and how money shouldn’t be able to buy the lives of those who are not as wealthy/tech savvy as you. No matter how they look.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Interesting tale Okay no way anyone couldn’t see the twist of who she met on first trip. Like characters to an extend. Didn’t buy her’s so much. Or the kidnapping part of the story. Did think the author should have asked the species that can communicate if they want to go back to their home planet or stay. And make it a volunteer “experience our cultural tour experience” with interviews, interactive shorter times of tours.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pat Gyenes

    So much fun. Inter species relationships and our innate fear of anyone who is different make for a lot of plot complications. Not all sweetness and light though. As a support of justice for First nations groups I was particularly attuned to the colonial mindset in action and loved the ending. There's always hope for humanity when we open our eyes, minds and especially our hearts. So much fun. Inter species relationships and our innate fear of anyone who is different make for a lot of plot complications. Not all sweetness and light though. As a support of justice for First nations groups I was particularly attuned to the colonial mindset in action and loved the ending. There's always hope for humanity when we open our eyes, minds and especially our hearts.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Blue Rose

    Pretty good. I don't recall all the details of the original The Lion And The Mouse but this was a very entertaining story. Great world building, full characters, and a well paced plot. Pretty good. I don't recall all the details of the original The Lion And The Mouse but this was a very entertaining story. Great world building, full characters, and a well paced plot.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elvira Bauer

    Wow. What a way to bring this world to life! I just spent a few hours here on Earth feeling like I was on a different world. Well written, tasteful, sexy sex, good plot, awesome character development.... thoroughly enjoyed this!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angelena

    I loved the interactions between Lohr and Syrie so much, I wish there was more to read. I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting and am now a little sad that it's over. If you like alien love give this book a read I loved the interactions between Lohr and Syrie so much, I wish there was more to read. I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting and am now a little sad that it's over. If you like alien love give this book a read

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erica Chambers

    Wow great look on humanity view of captivity along with smoking hot scenes of erotica . This twist up sci fi version is a quick read. Really makes you think but you can put it down either.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Wow, this story was......lackluster to say the least. Compared to the 1st book in this series i can only say that im sorely disappointed.....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    really enjoyed how an action can be perceived in a completely different way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tima

    Interesting take on the fairy tale. I liked the exploration of cultural differences and resolutions and the relationship development. Lots of fun to read, running the gamut of emotions

  23. 4 out of 5

    JodyL

    The truth of the "zoo" is finally understood. Syrie has been kidnapped and dropped off on a terraformed planet that is owned by her family. Plants and residents of another planet have been placed on this world and are viewed by humans as if they are living in a zoo. Lohr is one of those aliens that live there. He looks part human/part lion. He ends up saving Syrie from being killed by one of the planets predators. I love that Syrie learns what it is really like being on display all the time and ge The truth of the "zoo" is finally understood. Syrie has been kidnapped and dropped off on a terraformed planet that is owned by her family. Plants and residents of another planet have been placed on this world and are viewed by humans as if they are living in a zoo. Lohr is one of those aliens that live there. He looks part human/part lion. He ends up saving Syrie from being killed by one of the planets predators. I love that Syrie learns what it is really like being on display all the time and gets a chance to right a wrong that was committed by her family. I am enjoying the books that are part of the Cosmic Fairy Tale group. I believe others would love them as well.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gayla

    Really well developed story I had no idea that this story was part of a fairytale series. So I will be reading the rest of them. This was a very well plotted storyline. I liked the characters The world building was interesting There is a happy eve after There are a few typo errors. Small words missing or in the wrong place but it doesn’t ruin the story. I highly recommend everything I’ve read by this author so far. Very imaginative and heart warming.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    An alien lion-man and a human woman who's (unfortunately) a member of the family who's kept Lohr's people imprisoned on a planet far from their own. Honestly, on paper they don't seem like they'd be an ideal match, but they are. Syrie still has lingering traumatic memories of her misadventure in the habitat when she was a child. Lohr has lived his entire life like an animal in a zoo and has little love for humans. He only helps her at first because he's an honorable male who can't leave a defensel An alien lion-man and a human woman who's (unfortunately) a member of the family who's kept Lohr's people imprisoned on a planet far from their own. Honestly, on paper they don't seem like they'd be an ideal match, but they are. Syrie still has lingering traumatic memories of her misadventure in the habitat when she was a child. Lohr has lived his entire life like an animal in a zoo and has little love for humans. He only helps her at first because he's an honorable male who can't leave a defenseless human to die. He helps her later because he comes to see not all humans are terrible. And, you know, he caught some feelings for her. Plus, he kinda likes the way humans get busy. And by 'get busy', I mean have sexy times. Come to think of it, both Syrie and Lohr are into the way the other approach sex and everything that goes along with it. A few misunderstandings (quickly talked through, but still misunderstandings), a whole of consent, sexy times galore, and righting an old wrong that's gone on for far too long. I adore when alien men find their special human someone, so this one hit the spot. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Loved it! Such a creative interpretation of this fairy tale. I loved the characters and the journey to their HEA. A nice read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Keep going So i was super excited for this book to come out after seeing all the teasers. But I'll admit for me I don't know what the cause was but I'm the very beginning I found it hard to really sink into the story. But I knew I liked this author, she's done really good work before, and the teasers were awesome so I told myself keep going maybe it's a slow build or something. Well I don't know what me problem was because it didn't take much and all off a sudden I was hooked and absorbed into th Keep going So i was super excited for this book to come out after seeing all the teasers. But I'll admit for me I don't know what the cause was but I'm the very beginning I found it hard to really sink into the story. But I knew I liked this author, she's done really good work before, and the teasers were awesome so I told myself keep going maybe it's a slow build or something. Well I don't know what me problem was because it didn't take much and all off a sudden I was hooked and absorbed into the story. I loved that this was a retelling that we don't see often and the direction this author took it. It had that sci-fi alien aspect but still plenty of hot hot romance as well as a journey in finding ones self. Lohr was sweet and gentle while still having kind of that alpha dominant personality. And Syrie really came more into herself, she was sweet and spicy and definitely had a tendency to put her foot in it. I loved them as a couple and I won't say what happened but when they had a discovery toward the end it was beautiful in it's own way And added even more dimension to them individually and as a couple. And as I needed the end I kept thinking there is not enough story left for everything I think it want to happen. And while I was surprised with how things turned out it wrapped up nicely with a happy for now ending in my opinion.Because clearly we could get another book just about this couple, one about Rhena or even Mahr and what the future holds for their people. I would totally read it and hope we see more of this world and it's people in the future. Very good book, well written with a alien that is alien and plenty of sci-fi romance would recommend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Really good I thought this would be cheesy, but it was unexpectedly good. The whole wildlife preserve and super rich daughter set to inherit was a good plot point. Overall the dialogue was witty and humorous and tender and caring in between the Lost in Translation errors. Some points are implausible but it's a good story overall and I think that I wouldn't mind re-reading it at a later time Point again. Really good I thought this would be cheesy, but it was unexpectedly good. The whole wildlife preserve and super rich daughter set to inherit was a good plot point. Overall the dialogue was witty and humorous and tender and caring in between the Lost in Translation errors. Some points are implausible but it's a good story overall and I think that I wouldn't mind re-reading it at a later time Point again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anuschka-Marie'

    What an amazing and well written book, with an amazing plot. I struggled to put it down. A definite recommendation!! Syrie wakes up in darkness and realizes she got kidnapped. Her kidnapper drops her off on a tourist planet, where people come and look at the natives from other undeveloped planets. She freaks when she realizes where she is, cause the last time she was there, at age 4, something bad happened to her. This time she ends up in Lohr's net. Lohr is just trying to survive day by day in a What an amazing and well written book, with an amazing plot. I struggled to put it down. A definite recommendation!! Syrie wakes up in darkness and realizes she got kidnapped. Her kidnapper drops her off on a tourist planet, where people come and look at the natives from other undeveloped planets. She freaks when she realizes where she is, cause the last time she was there, at age 4, something bad happened to her. This time she ends up in Lohr's net. Lohr is just trying to survive day by day in a world that he hates. He hates the humans, cause they just see him as an attraction. Then one ends up in his net. At first he just wants to leave her, but then he takes her back to his hut, cause she will not survive on her own. In the beginning there is a lot of tension between them, especially since they are so different. My favorite part was when she took on the female lioness. And just when Lohr and Syrie start to get along and begin to fall in love, the men come...... I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I loved this novel! The plot was interesting, with the mystery of who kidnapped the heroine and why they dropped her into the hero's zoo habitat. The injustice of the human tourist's violation of the alien hero's privacy and autonomy was wrenching, and the heroine's successful push to restore autonomy and opportunities to the zoo's inmates really satisfied my craving for social justice. The hero and heroine and a wonderful loving relationship, and the cultural misunderstandings were relatable an I loved this novel! The plot was interesting, with the mystery of who kidnapped the heroine and why they dropped her into the hero's zoo habitat. The injustice of the human tourist's violation of the alien hero's privacy and autonomy was wrenching, and the heroine's successful push to restore autonomy and opportunities to the zoo's inmates really satisfied my craving for social justice. The hero and heroine and a wonderful loving relationship, and the cultural misunderstandings were relatable and believable. The sex scenes were very hot, and the development of the romantic relationship between our protagonists was deeply satisfying. This particular romance had an actual HEA, which this author's prison planet romances mostly didn't have, so I liked the ending of this story much better. Altogether an excellent sci-fi romance. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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