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The Secret Warrior #1
~Released: December 14th 2015
~Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she's hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.
Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.
And that's just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets...
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.
“Should we stay, or go while the smoke lasts?” The cloth muffled her voice.
“You can hardly walk.”
She couldn’t argue that point. Neither could they wait to be found. “The Panteras won’t give up until we’re dead.”
“Maybe they think we are,” he argued under his breath.
She suspected Mateo would demand a body, even a charred one. Make that two. She and Jimmy didn’t have much choice, though, other than to crouch in dread while the fire crackled.
“Next birthday, I want an AK-47.” He nudged her. “Look.”
She fixed her blurry gaze on what appeared to be a black wolf emerging from the trees. The creature was larger than she’d thought wolves were, and she’d understood none remained in these mountains. They were all farther north or west. Somewhere else.
Apparently, she was misinformed.
Judging by its size, she guessed this was a male. He stopped before their hideout. Eyes the color of red coals surveyed them before he turned and darted down the trail she’d spotted.
“Holy cow, Batboy. Did you see that?” she whispered.
Jimmy didn’t reply. He prodded her again.
She stared at the big brown and gray wolf that took the black one’s place. Where on earth had he come from?
The beast turned its furry head at her and Jimmy. His eyes shone with a luminous light, like fireflies...
Before I start, I want to clarify: I would give this book a 3.5, but I don't generally do half roses, as Amazon & Goodreads don't support them. The Hunter's Moon is better than a 3 though, so it seems more appropriate to round up, than down.
Ok, so here we go.
The first thing that appealed to me about this book, in all honesty, was the cover. It's definitely eye catching, and sparks interest. The synopsis also sounds entertaining, and I have to admit, I'm a sucker for anything 'Robin Hood' related.
The main characters were all fascinating, and potentially captivating. The instant attraction and seemingly established relationship and seriousness between Morgan and Jackson was somewhat cliche, but fitting for the story. Jimmy was probably one of my favorite characters, as he had the most quirks and relatable character development. The rest of the characters were all interesting, some posing quite a bit of mystery, that I hope is explored more in the sequel.
The writing was decent, although this area was the least appealing, and what lowered the rating for me. Morgan's character especially, was completely distorted and mismatched in how she talked, the personality she had, and her character entirely. The book overall is also written a bit odd, and took some getting used to. The writing issues certainly aren't enough to deter reading though, and not something I'd mention past these comments.
Overall, this book was definitely entertaining. A quarter of the way through, I was completely hooked, and gripped by the intensity of the plot and situation. The story was awesome, and I enjoyed the whole idea of everything happening. There were several layers of growth and suspense, with danger and action woven in beautifully.
This is a book I would recommend to others, especially if you enjoy Native American culture and mythology. I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel, and can't wait to see where this story goes!
*I recieved an eCopy of this book, from IFB Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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