Andromeda's Fall by Abigail Owen
Series: Shadowcat Nation #1
Published by The Wild Rose Press on December 10th 2014
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Andromeda 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 pack, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will force their mating, seeking the added political 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 Jaxon Keller, 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. What Andie doesn't realize is that A.J. has secrets of his own. All Andie knows is that the incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Abigail Owen is an author that is new to me. I had no idea what to expect but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. The story was well written, enjoyable and engaging but it did have a couple of issues
Being the first book in the story, I understood the need for world-building, but there was a lot of it. The author has created a world where the shifters aren’t united but warring against each other for territory. This meant the species like the cougars, who tend to be loners, ended up getting brutally picked off one by one by the shifters that run in packs. This forced those species to band together for protection which isn’t as easy as it sounds since their instincts make them want to fight for dominance rather than work with each other for safety reasons. I thought this was an interesting way to go, but I did wonder how they kept the real world from finding out about shifters with all the fighting going on.
Andie finds herself on the run from her cougar Dare (what the cougar packs are called). The Dare itself had lots of issues and when the alpha’s son tried to force a mating with her, she fled. She had plans on where to go and who to get to help her but before she is able to act on them she has to win a place with the new pack.
I really liked Andie. She was one badass little cougar who was strong, smart and loyal. Raised to be a fighter and protector she had no problem taking care of herself and others. Her decision making was based on what was best for everyone else but there were times when she took this too far and found herself in trouble. What I didn’t like was her wishy-washyness and hesitation when it came to following through on her choices. This drove me freaking bonkers, especially as it’s what she wanted in the first place.
AJ was all alpha male. A born leader, he was decisive and strong. He pushed all my buttons in the right way. AJ had to win Andie, not force her to marry him. Andie would only consider mating for life if it was for the right reason– she wanted love, not duty.
One of my major problems with this book was the communication breakdown between AJ and Andie. Nobody was talking to anyone else, except for some mysterious seer who seemed to make matters worse. This is not a trope I enjoy. Add to that the fact that some of their actions made no sense to me, especially during the showdown at the end. There were events that appeared to be included to set up the next book.
There was lots of shifter politics and action that kept me turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. Because of this even with the issues, I did enjoy the book and read it in one sitting.
4 Enjoyable Stars
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