Andromeda arrives at the Keller Dare seeking asylum and meets the mysterious A.J. who promises to introduce her to the alpha, Jaxon Keller, if he thinks she is trustworthy enough...except that A.J. really is Jaxon Keller, but he wants Andie to see him for who he really is, and to fall for him as he really is. Similarly there are things that Andie keeps quiet about in order to win his respect and trust as herself, such as her friendship with his sister Hannah. The two stubborn shifters know that they want each other, but seem to determined to prove it to each other and to themselves that it takes them a while to realise. But Andie knows that Kyle, the reason she left her other Dare, is hot on her tail (quite literally) and with the wolf shifters getting more aggressive, her mating and marrying Jaxon doesn't look like the safest option for the Keller Dare.
I loved it! There was all of the things that I love in a book present in Andromeda's Fall, there was romance, action and suspense, as well as one strong female character!
Andie (or Andromeda or A.J. depending who is talking to her) is a really strong female character, I mean at first I even thought that she might be too strong, but then she started showing more emotion, particularly where Jaxon/A.J. (whichever you want to call him) was involved. The difference between Andie and other strong female characters though is the fact that she was both emotionally strong and physically strong, and could hold her own against all of the men. Basically she didn't need to mate/marry but her decision was based on what she wanted.
Speaking of mating/marrying (and yes there is a slight difference which is explained) the chemistry between Andie and Jaxon was crazy, and I mean that as the chemistry between them physically and mentally. The word sparring they did got funny, playful and serious depending on the moment, and that was the favourite bit about their relationship!
There was a lot of lore in the book surrounding the shifters as well, and I do always like it when that is the case, particularly as it adds more chance for development. In this case it was particularly around the creation of the Shadowcat Nation (which is actually a lot less sinister than it sounds) and cougar/mountain lion shifters. I particularly liked how the lore took into account that some animals are polyamourous, but that clashed somewhat with the human side craving for monogamy.
I really enjoyed this book, and am excited for more in the series!
Series: Shadowcat Nation #1
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance (18+)
SynopsisAndie Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother's violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own dare, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will try to force their Mating, seeking the added power their union would provide.
Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won't live long either way. Andie's only hope of survival is to Mate the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha's Protectors. The incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.
Andie is running out of options and out of time. But risking the life of someone she loves - just to save herself - goes against every instinct she has.
Author BioAward-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric/Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
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