Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison’s nightmares are not.
Despite her fears, when Madison’s brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.
Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton’s home only to discover that he’s vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she’s not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott’s are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.
*Stand-alone companion to the Cassie Scot series
When this book came up for review I hadn't seen the cover, I didn't know what the book was about… I only knew of the author. I had read The Immortality Virus years ago during a tour. It really stuck with me so I jumped at the chance to read this one.
This book is a break off of the Cassie Scot series, up until last night I had no idea because I didn't read that series. I did some investigating because the author gave a lot of background to this story. I never felt lost but I do want to know more about all of the characters. The world she built was incredible – wizards, werewolves, and Madison herself can use her voice to control people. Yet she is very reluctant to do so because of her step-father.
Madison's brother Clinton was bitten by a werewolf and she goes to pack leader Scott for help. She is absolutely terrified of Scott as well as intrigued. There was so much chemistry between them yet they kept each other at arms' length for quite awhile for different reasons. Scott is a true alpha, strong and hard-headed. He is also a sorcerer which makes him an extra special werewolf. I enjoyed their interactions.
The book had fantastic secondary characters, I watched Madison's and her half-brother Evan's relationship blossom. Madison blossomed as well. She was a shy music teacher in the beginning but really had a strong backbone. I love heroines like that.
This story had non-stop action and was very well written. I'd seen the Cassie Scot series around and honestly thought it was middle grade book because of the cover. Now I'm going to go back and read it as soon as I have time. The author made me want to read ll of her books!
About the author:
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that affects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)
In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.