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Undiscovered (Amoveo Rising #1)

By Sara Humphreys

Synopsis

He’s the man of her dreams
A long time ago, Zander Lorens was cursed to walk the earth stripped of his Dragon Clan powers. Every night, trapped in a recurring nightmare, Zander relives his darkest moment. He can hardly believe it when the dream changes and a beautiful young woman appears. Zander believes she’s the key to ending his torment. Finding her in the real world is one thing, but how will he convince her of who-and what-she really is?

She’s the end to his nightmare
Rena McHale uses her unique sensitivity as a private investigator, touting herself as a “human divining rod” and finder of the lost. By day she struggles with sensory overload, and by night her sleep is haunted by a fiery dragon shifter. Nothing in her life makes sense, until the man from her dreams shows up at her door with a proposition…

Review

Undiscovered is a story of guilt, family and love.  It also explores relationships on many levels. Brothers, girlfriends, adoptive parents and lovers.  Plus finding out that dragons still exist.

Zander and Zed are twins that are dragon shifters.  They are cursed.  Zander stuck in human form and Zed trapped in hibernation as a dragon.  This curse happened all over a girl that the brothers were fighting over.  Zander will do anything to free Zed, even sacrifice his own happiness. He believes that if he can get Rena, Zed’s mate, to him that the curse will be broken. The only problem is Rena doesn’t know anything of his world and definitely doesn’t subscribe to being anyone’s mate.

Rena is an independent soul.  She was on the streets when she was found by Vito, who would become a kind of adoptive parent to her.  Rena knew she was special because she could sense things through touch.  Even though she knew that Zander was different and was pushing her away for reasons she couldn’t understand, she couldn’t help but want him.

As they made their way across the country to help his brother, their bonds deepen.  Zander must make a decision between the love that he feels for Rena and for his brother.

Fans of the Amoveo series will love Undiscovered.  It has all the elements that makes that series so good.  We get to revisit the characters of that series in this book which is a nice treat. This novel sets this new journey for the dragon shifters up.  They aren’t necessarily part of the Amoveo but they have the same qualities that made the Amoveo special.

Undiscovered

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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My Guardian (Bewitched and Bewildered # 6)

By Alanea Alder

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Synopsis

The next chapter in the Bewitched and Bewildered series is about to begin.

Meryn and Beth have been summoned by Beth’s uncle and council elder, Magnus Rioux to the vampire’s pillar city of Noctem Falls. Meryn in a city of vampires, what could go wrong? Aiden and Gavriel are about to find out.

Eva Mae Miller has been around for a long time. But never in all of her centuries has she ever had to turn to vampires for sanctuary. But when whole paranormal families begin disappearing in her quiet Texas suburb, Eva knows that it’s time to set her pride aside and join the other refugees heading to Noctem Falls for protection.

Adriel Aristaios doesn’t know what to make of the small human his commander is mated to. Bethy assures him that Meryn is sane, but he’s not so sure. Magnus had to be out of his mind bringing a pregnant human and accident-prone Bethy back to the City of the Night, just as things are about to get ugly. To complicate matters Adriel is pretty sure the sassy, blonde shifter is his mate. How can he possibly do his duty and protect their Prince, when he has not only his commander’s mate and little Bethy to guard, but also the woman who has stolen his heart.

When racial tensions threaten to boil over and sink the city in chaos, Adriel surprisingly finds himself relying on wacky little Meryn and his mate to help keep things from turning violent. But as more information comes to light, it’s clear that someone is out to destroy his city. The question is will they find them in time?

Review

MY GUARDIAN is the sixth book in the Bewitched and Bewildered series and was another enjoyable read.  The story continues on from MY BROTHER’S KEEPER and follows the mating of Adriel (vampire) and Eva Mae (tiger shifter) in a new location – Noctem Falls.

Adriel is the unit leader at Noctem Falls and reports only to Prince Magnus and Aiden.  He is also related to Gavriel and is therefore the second of only two living Ambrosios family members remaining.  He’s a man who believes in rules and routine, but learns to lighten up thanks to his new mate, Eva Mae.  Eva Mae is a Russian tiger shifter who has lived in Texas for the past 150 years with the local wolf pack. She’s a very easy going woman, a stark contrast to how rigid Adriel is, so they even each other out well.  She also has a strong maternal instinct and is very protective of people who are younger and/or weaker than her.

What I found interesting was that there wasn’t much couple time between Adriel and Eva Mae.  Eva Mae doesn’t even appear in the story until the 30% mark and up to that point, the story focused on the new location and the introduction of the new characters.  After she was introduced, she spent more time with Meryn than with Adriel.  Ultimately, the story focused on Meryn (who arrived at Noctem Falls with Aiden, Beth, Gavriel and Ryuu), Prince Magnus as he determines who his allies are, and a new threat that appears specific to Noctem Falls.  There was another brief mention of inaccurate and misleading information in their history books, but there were no answers provided so I’m thinking it’s some kind of conspiracy that will come to light later.  There’s also a possibility that the alpha of Eva Mae’s wolf pack, Stefan, has some sort of connection to Meryn, but that was also left unresolved…at this time.

MY GUARDIAN is told in dual POVs, with the epilogue being told in Declan’s POV, as he will get the next book in the series.

My Guardian (Bewitched and Bewildered # 6)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Pursuing the Bear (Shifter Wars #2)

By Kerry Adrienne

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Synopsis

The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets.

Bear shifters exist. Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she’s returned to the forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the world. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek’s wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria. His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they’re ready for war. Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.

If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she’ll bring out the worst of both sides. But Derek can’t hide his secrets from the love of his life forever. He knows they’re playing with fire–and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone’s bound to get burned.

Review

In Pursuing the Bear, tensions are rising and war is coming between the bears and lions.  Lions are making their plans to take back the Cave of Whispers. Bears are going to do everything they can to protect it and the rest of Deep Creek.

Bria has come to Deep Creek to prove herself.  After having all of work stolen from her, she believes that she will prove that shifters exist.  She has worked her whole life to make her parent proud and now is her chance.

Derek is a ranger that loves Deep Creek and his clan.  He will do anything to protect it even from his own mate.  He hates war but will stand by his fellow bears in order to keep everyone safe.

The connection between Bria and Derek is strong.  They are instantly drawn together.  But Derek is keeping a big secret and Bria has trust issues. Can she let him into her heart after she finds out the truth?

Kerry Adrienne has put together a fast paced and touching story.  She built on the characters that we were introduced to in Waking the Bear.  They have great personalities and they make a great family.  The end of the story had a lot of emotion and was very exciting.  I’m really looking forward the next addition which will be from the lions perspective.

Pursuing the Bear

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Wolf Unleashed (SWAT #5)

By Paige Tyler

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Synopsis

SHE BRINGS OUT THE WOLF IN HIM
Lacey Barton can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex Trevino, but that doesn’t mean she has time for the gorgeous SWAT officer. She’s hell-bent on discovering who’s behind the brutal dogfights sending countless mauled animals to her veterinarian office. The trail leads Lacey to a ring of vicious drug dealers and suddenly she’s in way over her head―right smack in the middle of a SWAT stakeout.

With Lacey in danger, Alex’s wolf side is unleashed. But when she witnesses Alex shift, she’s even more terrified… Now it’s up to Alex to crack the case―and earn back Lacey’s trust and, ultimately, her heart.

Review

Wolf Unleashed is another exciting novel that has great heart by Paige Tyler.  It starts with a bang and just keeps going.  I love that she stays true to the idea of “The One”.

Alex is a completely lovable character.  He does have flaws but that makes you love him even more.  He has found a home with SWAT after a traumatic event that turned him into a werewolf.

Lacey, Alex’s chosen one, is not ready to jump feet first into a relationship.  She doesn’t understand why people risk their hearts.  She also loves animals and is working hard to take down a dogfighting ring.  Lacey has a really close relationship with her sister but her sister is growing into a young woman who is going to test her boundaries.

Wolf Unleashed is another great addition to this series.  The characters work so well together. The humour was easily found with the banter between the other SWAT members and Alex. Especially with Remy.  Lacey’s sister also providers some humorous and emotional moments.  I also found that Alex was a really sincere character.  He would not force Lacey into anything she was not ready for even if it meant that his “one” would turn him down.

This story has some twists and turns in it.  Lacey’s passion for animals led her into some difficult situations that had Alex jumping to save her.  I really love the way Paige Tyler added her passion for animals into this book and look forward to the next addition to this series.

Wolf Unleashed

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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My Healer (Bewitched and Bewildered # 3)

By Alanea Alder

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Synopsis

Fun loving wolf-shifter Colton Albright’s usual concern…his next meal, has been replaced by haunted dreams. The nightly visions of the sad, anxious face of his mate have this jovial jokester withdrawing from his fellow Alpha Unit members.

Rheia Bradley is a dedicated professional that lives to help others, but has long forgotten how to help herself. When she arrives in Lycaonia seeking the protection of the warrior units, Colton is ecstatic to discover that she’s his mate. His relief is quickly eclipsed by one small problem, a tiny, solemn four-year-old girl who happens to be his mate’s adopted daughter. Which means… he is now a father! 

While Rheia settles into her new job, Colton and all his fellow warriors are about to get a crash course on little girls. The men quickly learn that not one ounce of their centuries-long training has prepared any them for this precocious child.

When Rheia uncovers something about their enemy that puts her name next to her daughter’s on their hit list, Colton is willing to do anything to keep his new family safe. But will it be enough?

Review

MY HEALER is the third book in the Bewitched and Bewildered series and was another read that I couldn’t put down and finished quickly.  The story continues on from MY PROTECTOR and follows the mating of Colton (shifter) and Rheia (human).  Again, despite this story being about another couple, a fair bit of the story revolves around Meryn and the impact she’s having on the military units and the paranormal world.

“My name is Colton Albright.  I’m your escort into Lycaonia.”
“How do I know that? Do you have any ID?”
“Do you mean the official Lycaonia ID that states I’m a wolf-shifter from a secret paranormal city? No, I left that in my other pair of pants.”
“You don’t have to be snarky about it.”

Rheia has been surrounded by paranormals for most of her life, but that hasn’t prepared her for life at Lycaonia.  Nor has it prepared her for when she discovers that Colton is her mate and what it means to be mated.  She’s a wonderful mother to her adopted daughter, Penny, who is an orphaned shifter.  Penny is heartbreakingly adorable and it was wonderful seeing her blossom at Lycaonia.  Colton is the fun, friendly, jokester member of the Alpha Unit.  That’s not to say he doesn’t take things seriously, but if he can make a joke to lighten a situation, he will.  When it comes to Rheia and Penny, he’s an absolute sweetheart.

“I’ll love you until the day I pass from this world.  Even as my body turns to dust, I will wait at the very veil of existence for you to join me, because heaven would be incomplete without you.”

MY HEALER is told in dual POVs, with the epilogue being told in Darian’s POV, who will get the next book.  Despite the large number of characters introduced in the first book, more characters are being introduced as the series continues so it’s still really hard trying to keep track of who’s who.  We’ve learnt a bit more about the ferals and what they’ve been doing, but I get the impression that we still have a long way to go before we see any real resolution with this story arc.  Once again, there were a lot of laughs to be had, from the nappy shopping scene to the poker playing scene to the Penny training scene, just to name a few.  Looking forward to book # 4.

My Healer (Bewitched and Bewildered # 3)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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My Protector (Bewitched and Bewildered # 2)

By Alanea Alder

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Synopsis

Gavriel Ambrosios has been dreaming of his accident prone mate for weeks. Now that he is nearing the apex of his vampiric transition, she has made her way to Lycaonia, just when he is at his most dangerous.

Elizabeth Monroe was planning on staying in Lycaonia while humans forgot about the swan dive she took out of her boss’s office window. Little did she know that this short side trip was about to become permanent. Gavriel is the mate she has always dreamed of. Even as he sweeps her off her feet his need to protect her has him pushing her away. She’s both concerned with and drawn to his darker nature, but is determined to see him through his transition.

In the shadows their enemy has targeted Gavriel when they know he is at his most vulnerable. They creep ever closer to the Alpha estate putting the men on high alert.

But as the days get shorter and the nights get longer Elizabeth begins to wonder, which is the bigger threat? The enemy or her mate?

Review

MY PROTECTER is the second book in the Bewitched and Bewildered series and was another read that I couldn’t put down.  The story continues on from MY COMMANDER but follows the mating of Gavriel (vampire) and Elizabeth (shifter).  Despite this book being about another couple, there’s still quite a bit of focus on Meryn, and it seems like the ongoing story arc will revolve around her.

Gavriel is a perfect example of the strong and silent type.  I can’t really talk about him without giving away a pretty big spoiler, so all I will say is that he’s going through a very difficult time in his life cycle and Elizabeth couldn’t have timed her arrival more perfectly.  Elizabeth is an accident prone bunny shifter.  While she’s not related by blood, by mating she is the niece of the most powerful vampire in the world and therefore comes under his protection, and by “adopting” Meryn, she ensures Meryn is also under her uncle’s protection.  She also has an amazing grasp of politics which makes her the perfect person to be at Meryn’s side.  She’s considered young by paranormal standards, but because of the things she says and her ability to see connections that others can’t, I thought she was wise beyond her years.

“I was actually thinking about how incredible the mating process is.  We were strangers this morning, yet I can’t imagine tomorrow without you.  Then I thought, if I feel this way in just the first day, I wonder how my parents feel having been mated for over a hundred and fifty years now.”

MY PROTECTOR is told in dual POVs, with the epilogue being told in Colton’s POV, who will get the next book.  Meryn is still bat-shit crazy, but you can’t help but love her and the crazy things she comes up with.  As with the previous book, there’s a huge amount of humour and scenes that will leave you chuckling.  The condom shopping scene was hilarious.  I can’t wait to get started on the next book.

My Protector (Bewitched and Bewildered # 2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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My Commander (Bewitched and Bewildered # 1)

By Alanea Alder

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Synopsis

Aiden McKenzie is adamant that he doesn’t need a mate and that she would only get in the way. He doesn’t have time to coddle a female. He likes his world run with military precision. Little does he realize, Fate is sending him his mate first! He meets his destined mate Meryn Evans and things go downhill from there. She is the embodiment of chaos. In the first twenty-four hours she kicks, screams and knocks her bear shifting mate unconscious. 

Eventually they discover that life before finding each other may have been good, but life afterwards is perfect, even if it involves super soaker battles and accidentally discharging hand grenades.

Unfortunately the joy of their mating is overshadowed when Aiden and Meryn find themselves embroiled in a missing persons case assigned to Aiden by the Lycaonian Council. By assisting Aiden, Meryn finds herself the focus of a demented killer.

Can Aiden and the elite warriors from the Alpha Unit keep Meryn safe? Or did Fate bring her to Lycaonia to die?

Review

I had MY COMMANDER sitting on my Kindle for eleven months before finally reading it, and I was left wondering why I waited so long to read it.  The humorous side of the story was an unexpected surprise, and I found this story to be enjoyable and unable to put down.  In this world we have humans, shifters, witches, fae and vampires, and all of these paranormals are featured heavily throughout the story.

“Tell me what scares you, and I’ll kill it.”

Aiden is a bear shifter and Alpha Unit Commander, and is very well respected in the community.  He’s strong, tough but fair, but when it comes to Meryn, he’s just one big ole teddy bear.  He has no real clue about human life, so it’s sweet, funny and endearing watching him try to make sense of his human mate.  I absolutely loved Meryn.  She’s a snarky, feisty, coffee addict, tech guru geek.  I loved her geek references, even though I only understood about half of them, so clearly I’m not as big of a geek as she is.  She speaks her mind and is not afraid to ask questions that would be considered impolite in paranormal society.  She’s also strong and has no problem taking charge when the situation calls for it.  Simply put, Meryn kicks arse.

She felt conflicted.  This man was a growly, horrible brute who had manhandled and kidnapped her.  But he was also gorgeous, pouted adorably, and lit her body on fire.  To call the police or not call the police: that was the question.

There are a lot of characters introduced in this story and it’s hard to keep track of them all and what race they are.  But there is one character who I think deserves a special mention, and that is Felix, the sprite adopted by Meryn.  For a creature that was hardly seen or heard, he definitely left an impression and I fell in love with him instantly.

MY COMMANDER is told in dual POVs, with the epilogue being told in Gavriel’s POV, who will get the next book.  Each book will be about a different couple, but they cannot be read as stand-alones as the story arc about the missing and murdered paranormals is ongoing.  I loved this book and can’t wait to start the next one.

My Commander (Bewitched and Bewildered # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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License to Shift (Grizzlies Gone Wild #2)

By Kathy Lyons

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Synopsis

Julie Simon returns to Saginaw, Michigan, to find her ailing father’s missing research on local shapeshifter lore. Unlucky for her, the only person who can help her is the darkly sexy Mark Robertson, the guy who spent an entire summer giving her the cold shoulder-and one white-hot night of pleasure…

Mark is a hair’s breadth away from going feral. Soon, his grizzly side will destroy everything that makes him a man. And after years of fighting, Mark is ready to give in to the beast. Then Julie-the gorgeous, curvy book nerd who awakened his most primal desires as a young man-shows up at his door. Now, he’s fighting an insatiable longing to claim her as his mate. But Julie isn’t the only one after her father’s research. Someone-or something-evil is tracking Julie’s every move…

Review

License to Shift starts with Julie waking the sleeping beast.  Mark, who is a step away from succumbing to his animal side and staying a grizzly bear, wakes up to find the one he let get away on the other side of the door.

Julie is not the same person she was when she stayed the summer there so many years ago. When she comes back to find her father’s research while he is in the hospital, she comes back with a chip on her shoulder.  She remembers the way she was treated by the clan and will not be treated like an outsider again. At the time she didn’t know why she was treated that way but Mark is going to make sure that she knows how he felt about her.

Mark knows that he is going to die soon because once you go feral they have to put you down. He has a limited amount of time to make amends to Julie. He had hopes that her father’s research would save him but his time has run out and her father is in the hospital.

This story is a race against time. Time to save Mark.  There are others that want Julie’s father’s research for their own which means they need Julie.  Mark will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.  I really liked the redevelopment of their relationship. Mark had a lot of explaining to do because she was really hurt by him when they were teenagers.  The town had changed since Julie had stayed the summer there pining after Mark.

Everyone is older now and time can heal the heart and open the mind to new possibilities. Carl and the clan helps Mark keep Julie safe from outside forces and from himself.  I look forward to reading more about this town and the shifters that call it home.

License to Shift

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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FrostBite (The Hunter Chronicles Book 1)

By Claire Marta

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Synopsis

Jasmine Hunter is a rookie agent working for the covert Supernatural Department of Scotland Yard.

Being kidnapped with a co-worker is the last thing she’s expecting from only two months in a job she loves. She is even more unprepared for the sparks that fly between her and one of their captors, especially when her unique senses are screaming he isn’t human.

Eric is a vampire, deep undercover with centuries of secrets. He has no time for distractions, yet he can’t seem to get the feisty female out of his head, nor the hungering desires she evokes within him.

Forced to work together, they must stop the diabolical plans of Marcel Coupe – the French arms dealer responsible for her abduction. As time starts to run out can they save themselves and Paris from disaster? Or will the sizzling attraction between them be their downfall?

Review

FrostBite begins with Jasmine and her coworker Twitch being kidnapped by a very dangerous man. They are taken to Paris where she meets an equally dangerous man but one that she cannot deny that she is attracted to. The chemistry between the in undeniable but her only concern is escaping with Twitch.

Twitch is the one that Marcel Coupe wants.  Marcel is willing to harm Jasmine as leverage to get Twitch to do what he wants.  Twitch is a techno mage who is able to make the weapons for Marcel Coupe. Twitch and Jasmine are more than co-workers they are best friends.  They will do what they need to do to make sure they both make it out of there alive.

While they are captured Eric, a vampire that an undercover agent,  is trying to fight his unbelievable attraction to Jasmine.  This has never happened to him before.  He has already remained unemotional during a job.  But the mere thought of harm coming to Jasmine has his fangs ready to come out biting.

FrostBite is the debut novel for Claire Marta and it takes you on a wild ride from beginning to end.  I found the book hard to put down.  I loved the side characters especially Raoul, Eric’s blood brother.   I hope that in a future novel in this series, he will find out what undeniable attraction is so he knows what Eric went through.

I look forward to seeing what is the future holds for Jasmine and Eric.

FrostBite

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Guardian’s Mate (A Shifter’s Unbound Novel #9)

By Jennifer Ashley

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Synopsis

She wasn’t ready to lead…

Chosen as the Guardian of her Montana Shiftertown, wolf Shifter Rae Lyall is facing opposition—for no woman has ever been selected for this powerful position. Still adjusting to the new authority thrust upon her, Rae travels to train with Zander Moncrieff, a Shifter healer, tasked with teaching her about her new role and its responsibilities.

He wasn’t ready to love…

A polar bear Shifter, Zander wears no Collar and follows no rules but his own. Rae finds him arrogant and demanding, yet compelling and intriguing. Zander has no wish to mate but the sassy Guardian is drawing him out of his shell, stirring feelings long suppressed. And when a new threat looms over Rae’s home, she and Zander must race to the rescue, forced closer to danger…and to each other.

Review

Guardian’s Mate starts with an unlikely event in a shiftertown in Montana.  The next guardian that was chosen was a female named Rae.  Even Rae a wolf shifter couldn’t believe what was happening. Everyone including other guardians thought that somehow the selection process was rigged. Fearing for Rae’s position, her adoptive father sent her to Zander to be trained in all things guardian.

Zander, a polar bear shifter, is  also gifted.  He was gifted as a healer by the goddess. He also was slightly disbelieving that she had been chosen by the goddess until he was a witness to her gift when she had to help a shifter crossover before the Fae has a chance to steal the shifter soul.

After the emotional event of helping the shifter, Rae manages to do the impossible by breaking the Sword of the Guardian.  The story then becomes a race to fix the sword before anyone finds out.  There are many obstacles in their way and many that would like to see Rae fail as a guardian.

This was the first book I read in this series and I really enjoyed it.  Rae and Zander’s banter was great.  Rae was a strong character that you wanted to get behind to prove everyone wrong.   I also was really touched by all the emotional aspects of this novel.  I plan on going back to the beginning of this series to learn about all the characters that make up the different shiftertowns.

Guardian’s Mate

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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