Review: Andromeda’s Fall (Shadowcat Nation #1) by Abigail Owen

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Review: Andromeda’s Fall (Shadowcat Nation #1) by Abigail Owen

Andromeda Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother's violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own pack, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will force their mating, seeking the added political power their union would provide.

Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won't live long either way. Andie's only hope of survival is to mate Jaxon Keller, the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha's Protectors. What Andie doesn't realize is that A.J. has secrets of his own. All Andie knows is that the incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.

Title: Andromeda's Fall
Author: Abigail Owen
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Sarai's Fortune, Moon, Mist & Magic
Series: Shadowcat Nation #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Sarai's Fortune
Published by Wild Rose Press
Source: Publisher
Published: December 10, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 258
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: two-half-flames

*sigh* This is another one that has languished on my tbr mountain for a while.  A long while.  Ever since the author self-published it a year ago February.   In December it was released again by Wild Rose Press.  I am so excited for this relatively new author.  I have enjoyed all of her stories so far.  This is her second series.  I am finding it just as wonderful and exciting as I found the Svatura series.

What I especially enjoy about this author is the fact that her wolf shifters aren’t automatically the good guys as is often the case in other stories.  They are often the bullies and/or just plain evil.  Don’t get me wrong, she has good wolves too, but, they are hard to find.  The stars of her books are mostly the other shifters.  In this case, cougars.  Those lovely, sleek, wily, mountain cats that aren’t naturally social.  They have had to band together to survive the pack animals hunting them to extinction.

Not all the cougars are good guys either.  Some aren’t adapting well to all this socialization.  They have gotten a bit full of themselves.  I cannot be sure, but I suspect this aspect of things may have been gone into in more detail in Hannah’s Fate found in the Here, Kitty Kitty anthology.  I haven’t read that one yet, but it too is on my tbr list. *sigh* However, I felt enough background was provided here, that I was okay with not having read it yet.  But don’t doubt that I will be going back to read it, if for no other reason than that I love the way this author tells a story.

Okay, Andromeda’s Fall.  Andromeda is a cougar on the run.  She has no desire to have an unwanted mating forced on her.  She makes her way to the rival Keller Dare.

I found it interesting that the different cougar groups were called Dares.  A term derived from the Iroquois Indian, “awa dare” meaning “through the light.”  There were many Iroquois based terms used.  *shrugs* Just something I found fascinating.

As Andromeda sneaks into the Keller compound she is caught by A.J. aka Jaxon Keller.  I have established how unsocial cougars tend to be, so you can imagine that climbing in a window where she didn’t belong wasn’t necessarily a good thing to get caught doing.  Trust doesn’t come easily to a cougar.  A lot of testing and “getting to know you” is needed.  Both Andie and A.J. kept secrets.  It is not only in their nature, but that trust thing.  Causes some issues as they fall in love.

The characters were developed as needed.  We were given enough to make them interesting as they got to know each other.  The revealing of secrets and personality were part of the story.  I liked it.  The story itself was well paced and exciting .  A very nice mix of action and suspense, with a little romance thrown in for spice.  It kept me engaged and reading well into the night.

As with many urban fantasy or paranormal series, Andromeda’s Fall was a fairly complete story in that the conflict(s) between the featured couple was resolved, but there were a few threads left dangling.  There is not a cliffhanger here, but a rather nice set up for the next book – which I can’t wait to read.  It will feature a polar bear shifter.

You lovers of the urban fantasy and/or paranormal stories, you really need to find this author.  She writes an amazing story.  She made my must buy list after I read her first book, Blue Violet.  I enjoyed it that much and yes, I have become a fan.  I must say, she is only getting better as she polishes her craft and tightens up the stories.  I don’t think you will want to miss out on reading Andromeda’s Fall.  I couldn’t put it down, once I got to it, and cannot wait until the next book comes out next month.  *sigh* I have to wait an entire month.  Bummer.

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