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Friday, May 31, 2013
Undone by Sara Humphreys
I've been reviewing books for Sara Humphreys since her very first Amoveo Legend Series book "Unleashed" found it's way into my hands & my heart... Her latest release "Undone", is no different when it comes to loving a series like this... Ms. Humphreys knows exactly how to draw the reader into her finely woven web of the Amoveo world and keeps you entangled, never wanting to be set free.
This is Pete & Marianna's story.. Pete, to all appearances is a human bodyguard working for Dante Coltatri, assigned to watch Dante's sister, Marianna, an Amoveo shape-shifting bear, who is normally in drop-dead beautiful, sex-on-a-stick human form. Marianna gets a sense that Pete isn't exactly who he appears to be... Besides being a six-foot tower of delicious hard-bodied, breath-taking gorgeousness that she can't seem to resist, no matter how angry the frustrating, overbearing man makes her feel.
But now, Marianna is caught in the middle of a clan war between the pure-blood Amoveo shifters & the half human/hybrid shifters... And instead of getting a choice, the pure-bloods are looking to force their claim on Marianna, whether she likes it or not...
Will the developing feelings between Pete & Marianna lead him to save her life after the pure-bloods kidnap her in a ploy to force her choice? Is there even anything that Pete can do to find Marianna & save her life, regardless of what his heart is insisting he do?
Once again, Sara Humphreys draws your mind directly to the pages and you have no choice but to be completely mesmerized by the dramatic, action-packed and oh-so-realistic romance that is unwinding before your very eyes.. Ms. Humphreys is destined to be on the best-seller list for years to come and with the release of "Undone", I have no doubt that many others have taken note of this amazing author & are now watching for her next piece of Amoveo Legend art, in book form.. I know that I am...
Platinum Book Reviews gives Sara & "Undone":
4.5 Platinum Rings!
Party girl Marianna Coltari is an un-mated, pure-blood Amoveo who wants nothing to do with the ongoing war that took her father’s life and continues to consume her brother Dante’s. But when she is targeted by one of the clans, she has little choice but to run and hide in a cabin with Pete Castro, a retired cop from her brother’s security firm. There, Pete and Marianna explore an intensifying attraction between them until danger is at the door and there’s no escape.
“Don’t,” she ground out. Marianna leveled a deadly glare at him.
The space suddenly felt too small and if she didn’t get control over her emotions, she was going to shift into her grizzly bear form and tear his head off right there in the middle of the club. “Don’t you dare say a bad word about Dante. He is not a traitor and you can tell your father that I said as much.” Her dark eyes narrowed. “We may be part of the same clan, Hayden, but that doesn’t mean much these days now does it?”
“Really?” Hayden let out a harsh laugh. “Your brother is mated to a half-breed freak. He and the others like him are breeding human weakness into our race.” He grabbed her upper arm, pulled her close and growled into her ear. “Your father knew this and tried to wipe them out. He’s dead because of the hybrids and the other Amoveo who have the nerve to call themselves Loyalists. How can you consider soiling the Coltari name any further?”
“Stop it.” Marianna squeezed her eyes shut and flinched as his fingers dug into her bicep. He was as strong as he looked. She struggled to keep from letting him know how much he was hurting her because causing her pain would only get him off. His scotch-stained breath puffed along her cheek and made her want to puke. “Get your hands off of me,” she hissed.
“Is there a problem?” Pete’s voice washed over her providing instant relief.
Marianna opened her eyes to find him standing at their table with a lethal stare locked on Hayden. His intense eyes, the ones that made her stomach flutter every time she looked into them, were fixed on Hayden and he looked ready to pounce. His broad-shouldered frame cut an imposing figure and towered over them with surprising authority, especially since he was only a human.
Even if he weren’t dressed in that dark gray suit, he still would’ve stuck out like a sore thumb at the nightclub. Pete Castro was strikingly handsome in a wholesome, mid-western way and lacked the piercings and tattoos which covered most of the patrons. At the moment, he looked just like a cop, which wasn’t all that surprising because up until a couple of years ago that’s exactly what he had been.
“Ms. Coltari?” His lips barely moved and if it weren’t for her own acute hearing, she wouldn’t have heard him above the pulsing music. His eyes didn’t move from Hayden’s face. “I think it’s time to leave.”
“We’ll leave whenever Marianna wants to,” Hayden bit out as he met Pete’s stony stare. He released Marianna from his grip and slipped his arm over her shoulders with unwarranted possessiveness. “Now, why don’t you be a good boy and go back and wait in the car like you’re supposed to. You’re her chauffeur so run along and she’ll let you know when we’re ready to go.” He leaned back in the booth, picked up his -empty glass and waved it at Pete. “I requested another scotch but that woman seems to have gotten lost. Find out where my drink is on your way out, would you?”
“I’m fine, Pete.” Marianna mustered up a smile but Pete continued to stare down Hayden. She rubbed at her arm as she glanced back and forth between the two men. Pete didn’t flinch but his energy waves, which were remarkably thick for a human, fluttered violently around them. He was one-hundred percent tuned into Hayden. One of the girls at the club could’ve run past him stark naked and the guy wouldn’t have flinched.
“I think we should go.” He turned those piercing blue eyes on her and her stomach did that odd fluttery thing again. He must’ve sensed her apprehension because his features softened and his energy waves shifted subtly. “I’m ready to take you home whenever you’ve had enough.” He glanced at the empty champagne bottle on the table and then back at her.
The fluttering in her stomach was swiftly replaced by a knot of anger as he gave her a scolding look. What the hell? Yet another man who felt he had the right to judge her, tell her what to do and monitor her choices? Apparently Amoveo men hadn’t cornered the market on being bossy and butting their noses into what doesn’t concern them. Pete may be human but he could be as alpha male and overbearing as all of the men in her clan put together.
She wondered if he’d be this bold if he knew she could shape-shift into a bear and tear him a new one. She smirked. He was just a human and if he knew what she was he’d probably piss his pants.
“Really?” Marianna’s eyes narrowed. She placed the champagne flute on the table and held his gaze as she slid to the edge of her seat. She smiled as she noticed his attention instantly went to her bare legs and admittedly short hemline. “Well, I’ll be the judge of that—not you. My brother hired you to be my driver…not my babysitter.”
“Yeah?” he scoffed harshly. “You could’ve fooled me.”
She rose slowly from the table and stood to meet his challenging gaze. She kept her eyes fixed firmly on his as she moved her body close to his but he remained motionless. In her stilettos, she was just a few inches shorter than he was and she noted that his heart beat faster as she closed the distance between them.
Her intent was to intimidate him and unnerve him but something far more surprising happened.
Heat wafted from his muscular body and flowed over her erotically, which sent her heightened senses into overdrive. She took a deep breath to steady herself but the instant his distinctly male scent filled her head—it had the exact opposite effect. Her eyes tingled and she struggled to keep them from shifting into the eyes of her Bear Clan. It was common for an Amoveo’s eyes to shift into the eyes of their clan animal during moments of extreme emotion. Like lust. Red-hot-fuck-me-blind kind of lust.
Right now Marianna was more turned on than she had ever been before. It was as though he was tuned directly into her energy, her soul and her body. Suddenly and inexplicably she was connected more to this man— this human —than she had been to any other creature she’d encountered.
For a second, she forgot where she was—where they were—and she had the ridiculous urge to kiss him.
Forget that Hayden was sitting right next to them and would flip his lid—nothing mattered but the man standing in front of her and how he made her feel.
Her eyes wandered over the hard planes and angles of his face, his strong jaw line with late-night stubble, the high cheekbones and strong dark brows that framed those ice-blue eyes flawlessly. It seemed for a moment as if they were the only two people in the entire place.
All she could see was him..........
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