The Reluctant Amazon (Alliance of the Amazons #1) by Sandy James
September 3rd 2012 by Carina Press
The last thing Rebecca Massee expects on her wedding day is to go from jilted kindergarten teacher to Amazonian Earth warrior. But when she causes an earthquake after her groom says I don’t, she discovers that not only does she possess incredible powers, she is one of four lost chosen sisters who must fight to keep humanity safe from rogue gods and demons. Luckily she has help: ruggedly handsome Scottish warrior Artair MacKay, her protector and teacher.
An immortal, Artair has trained countless warriors for more than four hundred years. He understands Rebecca’s confusion at the new world she’s been thrust into and worries she is too emotionally vulnerable, but that doesn’t stop his growing feelings for the beautiful and fearless woman.
When an evil force threatens to destroy the Amazons, Rebecca must claim her full powers--but they come at a cost. Can she sacrifice the man she loves if it means saving the world?
Artair MacKay certainly knows how to make an entrance. As Rebecca stands at the alter facing her soon-to-be husband and is rejected by him her life takes a spin. She is angry and rightly so. Rebecca throws and connects with a much deserved punch to the loser's face. With the turmoil of feelings swirling in her she makes the earth quake but does not realize that it is of her doing. In her wedding dress, Rebecca chooses to walk out with her head held high as she is escorted out by a handsome man in a kilt- Artair.
I always enjoy the time where a character learns of who they really are. The reaction and events to follow are always a joy to read. Rebecca, Becca, has had no clue that she was anything other than a Kindergarten teacher. With only an Aunt to care for her when growing up she did not know of her ancestry. Apparently, she is more than mere human- She is Amazonian. Her job and her fellow Amazonian sisters are tasked with keeping evil in check on Earth. Demons, Demi-Gods, and other conspirators love to come out and use Earth as a playground and humans as their play-things but the Amazons are the line of defense fighting for humanity.
All in all, The Reluctant Amazon was an interesting read. The plot had it's own unique-ness among others in the genre. I've only read one other series that has Amazons headlining and I enjoyed this one far better. The most surprising element was the antagonist- I never seen that one coming. The next book in the series is titled, The Impetuous Amazon, and is expected to release in January 2013.
Thank you to Netgalley for providing a review copy.
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