Awaken the Curse by Alexa Egan
Imnada Brotherhood #0.5
Historical Fantasy Romance
Katie’s father has been researching the Inmada shapeshifters and now that he’s disappeared, Katie is concerned. Her father is the only family she has and she’s desperate to find him. When James shows up she’s not sure she can resist his charms again. 5 years before, Katie fell under James’s spell only to be left heartbroken when he left. Now that he’s back she’s not sure she can trust him or his reasons for being there.
So I started reading Demon’s Curse only to realize that there was a prequel novel so I decided to read this one first. The writing was fine but I wasn’t as interested in the plot. Part of that comes from the lack of world building about the Fey-Blood and the Imnada. I feel like the only reason I really understand what’s going on is because I had gotten the backstory on the Imnada and Fey-Blood from the other book.
I liked both James and Katie in the first part of the book. Their conflict is based on a big miscommunication years ago and the lack of talking in the present time keeps them apart for a little while. That being said they were good characters: James was charming and proud but he also cared about Katie and her missing father. They both had a lot in common with their interest in the Imnada and the fact that they were Fey-Blood (which is never really explained by the way, and it just is). However, Katie really threw me for a loop at the very end of the book and her actions were really strange. It was so out of left field for her, especially after the moment she and James just shared. I honestly I have to say that the ending dropped this down an entire star for me.
2 out of 5 stars
Tags: Class Issues | Magic | Second Chance | Shifter
One very passionate and very scandalous kiss separated university student Justin McKeegan and professor’s daughter Kate Lacey. Now five years later, Justin, the new Lord Duncallan, receives an unexpected summons from Kate’s father begging him to come to Wales. When Justin arrives, he finds Professor Lacey has vanished while studying a mysterious ancient obelisk, and everyone blames the nightwalkers, sinister creatures said to haunt the surrounding remote Welsh mountains. Do these legends point to the existence of the Imnada, a race of shape-shifters said to have died off a thousand years ago? Or is the professor’s disappearance the result of a very human villain? Justin and Kate are determined to find out the truth, knowing it may be the only way to find her father.
Even as they work to unravel the mystery, they find that they’re not the only ones interested in the obelisk and the lost race of Imnada. Treasure hunter Gilles d’Espe believes the ancient dolmen is the focal point of the shape-shifters’ power and would do anything to lay his hands on the last of four silver disks he needs to unlock the dolmen. A disk that hangs around the neck of Justin McKeegan. While Cade, a local villager, is determined to refute both the claims of nightwalker sightings and the power of the dolmen as superstitious nonsense.
Justin and Kate soon find themselves fighting for their lives. Yet every hour they spend together makes it harder to lay aside the bitterness of the past and a very new and very real temptation…
Published by Pocket Star on November 20, 2012
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