Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Forsaken by Shadow by Kait Nolan

Author: Kait Nolan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher:  Smashwords
Publication Date: 25th March 2010
ISBN: 9781452302898
Stand alone or series: Series
Pages: 127 pages
Book Received from: Author
First Lines: He didn't open his eyes when he heard the scream

Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year's Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn't even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can't remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands--not even the woman he almost died for.

Embry Hollister has picked up the pieces of her life, learned to control her ability to generate flame, and now works an enforcer for the Council of Races. But when her father is captured by the human military and the Council refuses mount a rescue mission, Embry has no choice but to go rogue. All she has to is find the man with the new name and new life who was completely wronged by her people, give him back the memories they stole, convince him to join her on what's probably a suicide mission, and hope that after ten years of living as a regular guy he still remembers what her father taught him. And after that, she just has to leave him. Again.

My Thoughts:
This story starts off with a bang.  Cade Shephard wakes up in a dodgy motel room with burns to his hands and no recollection of how they happened, or who he is.  Chapter one had me hooked from the get go and I sympathised with Cade.  How would you feel if you woke up, with no memory  and have to walk out of there with no sense of direction or know whether the crappy car sitting in front of the motel is yours?

Embry is one character I actually didn't like when she first came on the scene.  I couldn't pinpoint exactly what it was but it took a few chapters for me to warm up to her. 

The one thing I wished the story did was go on for a bit longer with Cade in the dark.  On the second chapter I got what was going on from Embry's point of view and I hoped he would have gone through with a bit more detective work without it being served on a platter by the reader.  In saying that though, there is a lot more to Embry and Cade's story that is slowly revealed throughout.

The story is action packed once everything has been laid out on the table and I found that I read through this quite quickly.  It was a captivating read, though I wished it was longer.

Great start to a series.

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