Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thrifty Thursday and Review: Altered by Amy Stearman

by Amy Stearman
Series:  Altered #1
Pub. Date:  Dec. 11, 2014
Publisher:  Self-Pub
Pages:  244
Format:  eARC
Source:  Author / Kindle Unlimited

My Rating:  
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Unassuming law student Sadie Pratt leads a quiet life immersing herself in her books; outside of school, her only real form of excitement is researching the local flour mill and her link to its terrible history. That all changes one fateful night when her employer requests she meet with a mysterious client who will change her life in an unthinkable way. 

Vincent Strickland has toured the country attempting to regain his holdings after serving a punishing sentence for his violent past. He is out for revenge when his path unexpectedly crosses Sadie's, who he believes is his former lover reborn. He will stop at nothing to possess her. 

Fallen deity Thayer Aubade has dedicated his life to The Creed, a secret sect charged with protecting the innocent from monsters like Strickland. When his team is dispatched to rescue Strickland’s latest victim, the scene he discovers feels all too familiar and he vows he won't play by the rules this time. 

Desire, possession, and treachery lead Sadie down a crooked path to redemption. She must rely on her intellect and inner strength for her survival... and for that of the man she loves.

This was a delightful paranormal debut from Amy Stearman. Ms. Stearman asked me to review her work, and I am glad I took a chance on this new author. I look forward to additional installments of the Altered series in the future.

Even though Sadie is quite a bit younger than me, I felt that instant connection to her with her dedication to law school, working at the law firm with a bit of a demanding boss, and heart of a researcher. And while Sadie accepted with news of the supernatural with ridiculous ease, she earn lots of brownie points with me because she was not a whiny pathetic heroine and she did not fight against Thayer at every turn. Speaking of Thayer, I absolutely loved him! He was a bit of a damaged teddy bear - if your teddy bear was smoking hot. I loved that Sadie was able to help him heal, and it was nice seeing this huge man being really sweet with his woman. There were also some great secondary characters, particularly Noble, who will feature nicely in future books.

If you are looking for a quick read with a multitude of supernatural types, don't be afraid to pick this one up. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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