Undiscovered (Amoveo Rising #1)
A long time ago, Zander Lorens was cursed to walk the earth stripped of his Dragon Clan powers. Every night, trapped in a recurring nightmare, Zander relives his darkest moment. He can hardly believe it when the dream changes and a beautiful young woman appears. Zander believes she's the key to ending his torment. Finding her in the real world is one thing, but how will he convince her of who-and what-she really is?
She's the end to his nightmare
Rena McHale uses her unique sensitivity as a private investigator, touting herself as a "human divining rod" and finder of the lost. By day she struggles with sensory overload, and by night her sleep is haunted by a fiery dragon shifter. Nothing in her life makes sense, until the man from her dreams shows up at her door with a proposition...
Rating: 4.5 stars
I have waited and wished for this series to return for a long time now, and though it is technically a spin-off series, we did get to meet up with some old friends and see more of the Amoveo legend I have come to love. The original series introduced a group of shape-shifters, following a legend that was extremely unique and I loved that entire series and was so sad to hear it was ending, so when I ran across this story in the catalog I’m not afraid to admit I squealed like a little girl. Not only am I a huge fan of all of Ms. Humphreys works, I am THRILLED that she was able to return to this world and introduce an all new set of characters. This story began about 500 years ago, when Zander and his brother Zed were cursed, leaving Zed trapped in dragon form deep below ground, and Zander was cursed to travel the world with no end to either his curse or his life in sight. The curse’s time limit for saving himself and his brother is coming to an end, quickly, when Zander connects in the dream realm with the woman that he thinks can save them both, his brother’s mate. Tracking her down is the easy part, but convincing her to help him will be a lot more complicated. Rena runs a private investigator’s agency, using her special gift to help her become one of the most successful in her profession. When the dangerous and deadly looking Zander arrives in her office one afternoon the connection between them immediately pulls at her, but the task he wants her to undertake is going to be near to impossible, especially when she can tell that he is lying to her. Willing to give him a bit of leeway, Rena sets off with Zander to find a way to help him find his brother, but as the truth of his mission unfolds, the danger and passion that circle them is increasingly volatile. It’s obvious to Rena that she and Zander are destined to be together, even if he claims she belongs to his brother—if she’s going to be anyone’s mate, it will be Zander. But as their time runs out, a deadly enemy from Zander’s past, someone that Rena never imagined would be a danger to her, returns to take his ultimate revenge on the brothers, unless Rena and Zander can prevent it. I LOVED Rena. She was a kickass, sexy, smart heroine and I haven’t met a character so well written and developed in a long while. Zander was obviously a complicated guy, but once he stopped denying the truth right in front of him, he became the hero he was always destined to be. The heat and passion between this foxy lady and sexy dragon was off the charts hot, and I often wondered if they were going to set the world around them aflame. I was thrilled that they were able to find a way to reach their HEA and admit the love that developed between them, but mostly I enjoyed seeing them working together to work through their problems and overcome all obstacles. I cannot wait for book 2, which will hopefully be Zed’s story, where he might finally meet his own true mate. I hope there are many more in this series to come and that Sara is able to keep the world of the Amoveo alive, in one form or another, for a long time to come. Another sensual masterpiece, filled with drama, emotional turmoil and the angst of a man denying his destiny and a woman trying to grab hers and hold on with both hands. Great work, Sara!
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