Talon (Rise of the Pride Book 1) by Theresa Hissong: 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.