Undiscovered by Sara Humphreys
Series: Amoveo Rising #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 7, 2017
"Darkly sensual, rich with emotion, a wild unsettling ride."—Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author
He’s the man of her dreams
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…
Amoveo Rising is a new series spin-off that left me wanting to know more. Mystery abounds leaving you to hang tightly. The story drew me in deeply and now I must read the original series to get the whole back story.
I jumped into Undiscovered not sure what to expect. I expected dragons but really didn’t know it was a spin off series. While characters came in from a past series, I didn’t feel lost. Nope, I felt intrigued enough to go buy to original series.
Zander Lorens and his twin brother were cursed when they fought over the same woman they both thought they loved. Zander is forced to stay in his human form, while his brother was imprisoned in his dragon form, trapped in hibernation. But everything changes when Zander meets someone in his dreams along with his brother. The dream relives the night when everything went wrong, but a new player is in the game: Rena.
Being a PI is an easy career for Rena. Her extra powers of touching items and knowing where people are has made it easy for her to take over the business from a man who took her in and became her mentor. Now in nursing home, she takes care of him the best she can. Now she can’t sleep with the dreams taking her in and reliving the night dragons fight over her, but one time it all changes.
What a shit show. Yep. He was fucked. Again.
Zander and Rena meet and communicate in this dream, convincing Zander that Rena is his brother’s mate. His one true love that will save them both and heal his brother. Road trip! Time is counting down and now Zander must deliver Rena to his brother before it’s too late for them both, but can Zander stop the lust he feels for Rena and keep from betraying his brother again?
“Staring at my boobs after you barge into my office is a ballsy move, my friend.”
Rena is a feisty heroine! She doesn’t really understand her powers, nor what she really is made up of, but she uses her powers for gain. No wilting flower here, but also not willing to be a sacrifice for someone she doesn’t know, nor thinks she will love. Fighting her attraction to Zander is something she does fiercely, but also she realizes it isn’t the brother she wants, but Zander himself.
Zander has a single focus – free his brother and return them back to the shifters they are. The Amoveo is not aware dragons exist as they were hunted down to extinction after what the brothers did. Zander feels great guilt over it all, but also a stubbornness that often irritated me. He can’t seem to believe that maybe Rena is his mate, not his brother. Instead he feels they are committing the same mistake they had so many years ago.
The intimacy of this book didn’t get going very fast. It kind of was lack luster until someone made up their minds. We meet other couples within the Amoveo and learn about the half-breeds and what exactly Rena is. The action cultivates into a fierce battle that leaves you breathing heavy and hoping for everyone. We learn just what everyone can do.
I loved each character that I met. The captured my interest and made me want to know more about this world the author created. The heroine was strong and knows what she wants. The hero is conflicted and trying to do his best for everyone, but himself. Evil still reigns on, while Good tries to triumph above all. This is an engaging story that makes you want the next book….like now!
This series is new to me and I can’t wait to read more.
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When he reached Rena’s office door, he paused for a moment to steel his resolve. There was no denying he was attracted to her, but she wasn’t for him, and it was a fact he had to keep mind; otherwise, history would surely repeat itself.
“I know you’re out there! I heard you coming up the stairs.” Her voice was muffled but welcoming. “Come on in. We have paperwork to deal with.”
Zander balanced the coffee tray carefully and opened the door before quickly stepping inside. His secret hope that she would somehow be less attractive than yesterday was swiftly squelched when he got an eyeful of her. Wearing a well-fitted brown leather jacket, a clingy black blouse, jeans that seemed to be painted onto her rounded derriere, and a pair of tall, black boots, she looked even more desirable than the day before.
He must have stood there staring for longer than was socially acceptable because the look on her face quickly shifted to one of concern.
“What?” She brushed at her blouse and closed the file cabinet drawer. “Did I get something on my shirt?”
“No.” He looked away quickly and adjusted the tray of coffee in his hands.
“You look fine.”
“Gee, thanks,” Rena said with a sigh. “Just the level of awesome I was going for.”
He had insulted her. Perfect. Sure. This was exactly how he wanted to start their journey. Could he be a bigger asshat? Rena must have been asking herself the same question because she gave him the side eye before opening the folder in her hands.
“Please, sit down.” She slipped into the chair behind her desk and gestured to the seat across from her. “I have the forms you need to fill out a—”
“Black, right?” Zander placed the cardboard cup on the desk along with the bag and sat in the chair across from her. “I wasn’t sure what you wanted for breakfast, so I got a couple of options. There’s a chocolate doughnut, a bagel, and in case you’re one of those non-carb eaters, I threw in some beef jerky and a cheese stick.”
“Thank you,” Rena said slowly.
She stared at the coffee for a few seconds before finally picking it up. Her energy signature rippled as her fingers curled around the cup and those big, brown eyes widened slightly. He had obviously surprised her. Good. He liked knowing he could ruffle her tough exterior. This was a woman who tried to act like she had it all together, and for the most part, she probably did.
Zander blew on the steaming cup in his hands and tried to hide a satisfied smirk. Rena studied him warily and opened the lid, peeking at the liquid inside before closing it up again.
“You did say you take your coffee black, didn’t you?”
“Yes.” The word fell from her lips slowly. “Thank you.”
She glanced in the bag and, to his great delight, pulled out the chocolate doughnut and proceeded to take a big bite.
“That’s really flipping delicious,” she said around a mouthful the pastry.
“I’m glad you’re enjoying it. It’s refreshing to meet a woman who isn’t afraid to indulge in something sweet or worried about getting fat.”
He liked women with curves. It gave a man something to hold on to, and Rena McHale certainly had a body he would—
What the hell was he thinking?
Zander cleared his throat and sat up straighter in the chair. Rena was about to take another bite, but the doughnut hovered in midair and she gave him yet another look that told him he was an idiot.
“I’m not saying you need to watch your weight. I just meant that—”
“Don’t worry about it,” she said, rolling her eyes.
“I’m sorry if I offended you. I’m not great with people and I put my foot in my mouth a lot.”
Why was he bringing her coffee and breakfast anyway? He should stick to business and keep the pleasantries to a minimum. Trying to be nice was only making it awkward between them.
“Then you and I should get along great,” she said with a laugh. “I’m not one to beat around the bush. I prefer being direct.”
“Yeah, I noticed.”
Rena’s intelligent eyes peered at him above the rim of her cup and she took another sip. Zander stilled as she studied him wordlessly. A surge of heat flashed in his chest as he held her gaze, and even though he wanted to blame it on the hot coffee, he knew that would have been a lie. There was no denying that she stirred something inside him, a deep, primal urge to claim her and mark her as his, but he also knew it was not to be.
Not if he wanted to free his brother.
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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!