Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Volatile Amazon (Alliance of the Amazons #4) by Sandy James


Synopsis from
Sarita Neeraj has never felt like a real Amazon. Compared to the obvious strengths of her sisters, her Water powers seem small as her stature. She’s determined to prove herself—unfortunately, all that gets her is captured by an enemy.

Ian serves a twisted goddess, preferring this to an empty afterlife. He’s taken Sarita hostage to coax the other Amazons from their safe haven. But in his ancient Scottish castle, the passion and love Ian finds for Sarita resurrect his honor, until he chafes at the dark will of his mistress.

Sarita has finally found happiness—but before she can enjoy it, she’s “rescued” by her furious sisters. To save Ian from destruction at the hands of the Amazons, Sarita must risk wielding magick that could change her very nature. Only then can she prove the Water Amazon is the strongest of the four—and save them all from destruction.

My Review
This last book in the series was a great ending to this story. It was fun, dangerous, thrilling, funny, sad, scary and downright emotional in places.

Sarita Neeraj is the Water Amazon and sees herself as the weakest of the four of them. Her powers are not quite as strong as the other Amazons - she can freeze things and can heal her sisters, but not much else. However, all that changes in this book with the reappearance of Helen, the former earth Amazon turned evil goddess, who is a constant threat to the world.

When Sarita goes to capture an escaped demon, she wakes up to find herself in a strange castle with the man of her dreams. Literally. She has been having very hot, sexual dreams about this exact man recently, but he thinks she is someone else. Someone he needs in order to carry out his revenge. But when the heat rises between the two of them and things get a little too hot, Sarita has to reveal who she really is. When she is taken away from Ian, she cannot stop thinking about him and knows she has to get him back, but at what cost?

The four Amazons have also been outed by Helen, who will stop at nothing to kill them and they need to find a way to defeat her once and for all, but she's not an easy kill by any means. The patron goddesses actually do step up to help them in their task as does Frejr even though it's obvious there's more to his actions than he lets on as usual.

I did like Sarita as the main character in this book. She really did grow as an Amazon and fought her own personal demons as well as real ones! The only thing I didn't like was the Stockholm syndrome idea of her falling in love very quickly with her kidnapper. I know he was the lover in her dreams, but those dreams were just that, dreams and I do think it was weird falling for him in that situation. I know this is a PNR book, so it had to happen, but still...Ian was a bit of a nobody really once he met up  with Artair. He didn't have any particular powers or skills, other than using a sword, but the men in these books don't really need one as the girls have them all! He did come across as a bit wet at times, but I guess that was partly due to being thrown into the 21st century so quickly.

Loved the ending and the potential for a new series based in the same world, but with new characters. Would love to read a series about the SOGs!

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