Brody is a talented motorcycle mechanic and werewolf stuck in his painful past. On yet another depressing night, he is viciously attacked by vampires. Fallon is a brilliant tattoo artist with inherent magic. Tired of men and their games, she climbs onto her Harley and leaves her old life behind. Running for his life, Brody crashes into Fallon and sparks fly. She ends up stranded in the Northwest with her ride out of commission. With no ride and nowhere to go, Fallon allows her best friend to convince her to stay in Brody’s apartment. He’s determined to claim her heart and keep her safe from the shadows in her past. Fallon prides herself on her independence and would rather keep him safe, even from herself. With the impending danger from the group of vampires and dark mages, they will have to work together. The closer they get, the harder it is for her to fight her attraction. Be prepared for monsters, magic and lots of ink.
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This is the first book in the Others of Edenton paranormal romance series. I really enjoyed it!
I downloaded this as an audio book, as I wanted to read this book, but due to time constraints was unable to. This story is narrated by Kelley Hazen, who did a fantastic job in bringing the characters to life.
Fallon O'Shay is a wonderful character. I really liked her. She is a tattoo artist and a druid. She is a very stubborn, feisty and determined woman. After leaving her ex-boyfriend and accidentally running into a werewolf, she finds herself in Edenton, where danger awaits.
Brody Dean is also a wonderful character. I liked him a lot too. He is a mechanic and second in command to Slater, the Alpha of the werewolf pack in Edenton. Fleeing a vampire attack, Brody literally runs into Fallon's motor cycle and falls hard for the feisty druid.
Having previously read the prequel to the series, I was looking forward to continuing the series. I started listening to this book and I was quickly pulled in. This book is told through several points of view, but Fallon and Brody have the most say. The melodramatic and "teenage angst-y" dialogue of the prequel was not as prevalent in this tale, although some of the characters still managed to sound too young and juvenile despite being mature adults.
I still found myself hating Fallon's best friend Jess, whom I had met in the prequel. She has a tendency to whine and Kelley Hazen's interpretation of this character was spot on in my opinion. However, Jess had a bit of competition on the whining front. I didn't take a liking to Fallon's ex, Isaac, either; he is the biggest drama queen I have ever come across! I can't believe I am saying this, but I agree with Jess when I wonder what Fallon ever saw in the weretiger. He came across as a pathetic, self-pitying wimp.
But, it was the romantic tension between Fallon and Brody that kept me hooked and enthralled as I to listening to the story. Their instant attraction fairly sizzled and sparked as the story progressed. I love the interaction between them. They make a wonderful couple.
There are other characters that make this story interesting. I liked getting to know them all better. Hayden is the Sheriff of Edenton and a Fae. Then there is Dacia. She is a character whom I wasn't sure of at first, as she had set her sights on Brody and her jealousy of Fallon made her do some really dumb things. However, she redeemed herself in my eyes with her actions later on in the story. Malachi is a dark villain, but his presence is not really felt until later in the story and I was left wondering what he and the Dales had against the werewolves. Unfortunately, that was one thing that was not really explained properly by the author in my opinion.
The story is a mix of romance, magic and danger, and takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish. There are some fantastic fight scenes, as well as some steamy bedroom scenes, which were very descriptive; I could see the scenes quite clearly in my mind's eye. However, it was the training scene where Fallon and Dacia come to blows that I found quite memorable; it was intense, if short-lived! There are several twists and turns in the plot that surprised me and I didn't see coming. Though this book does not finish on a cliffhanger, it left me looking forward to continuing the series to find out what happens next!
Brandy L. Rivers has written an intriguing start to a series. I love her fast paced writing style, and the flow is wonderful. I would definitely read more of her books in the future.
Due to explicit scenes of a sexual nature, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 18. However, I do recommend this book if you love hot erotic paranormal romances full of werewolves, vampires, fae, druids etc. - Lynn Worton