Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Romance Book Review: The Amoveo Legacy

Author: Sara Taney Humphrey
Series Connection: The Amoveo Series, Book 1
ISBN-13: 978-1554872770
Genre: Paranormal/ Shape-shifters


The first time Sam met her grandmother's arrogant neighbor, Malcolm, she felt an instant connection. She hadn't had much luck with men in the past but decided to follow her heart and see where it lead her. She had no idea it would lead her into uncovering secrets that had died with her parents when she was born.

Malcolm is a shape-shifting golden eagle. He is part of the shape-shifting group call the Amoveo. Their existence has been kept a secret since the beginning of time except for one human family--the Caedos. The Amoveo have been at war with the Caedo family for years. The Caedo were even reported as being responsible for killing Sam's parents 30 years ago, as well as others. Now they are back and want to kill Malcolm and Sam before they have a chance to mate. Malcolm wants nothing then to protect Sam from harm, but Sam isn't to sure about all of this shape-shifting, mind reading and Amoveo business. It may take her until it is too late to figure the whole situation out.

The Amoveo Legacy is a well written action packed love story featuring two very strong characters. I really liked that Malcolm, as arrogant as his personality was, wanted to be fair to Sam and let her get used to everything at her own speed. Sam, was also a great feisty character.

Shape-shifter books usually come in three categories. 1. they completely ignore the human element and pretend the humans don't exist. 2. The humans know they exist and don't see a problem with them being shifters. 3. The humans find out about shifters and try to kill them all because they aren't humans.

I prefer the books where they try to go for a little realism like this one did. There may be people out there that accept shape-shifters if they heard about them, but lets be real. More humans would want to kill them and single them out because they were different. And yes the government would want to dissect them and find out what makes them tick. All and all Amoveo Legacy is a great start for this actress turned writer. I can't wait to see the rest of the series.

What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie? You find out that you aren’t even human—at least not entirely. What if, one day, you realize your world will never be the same again? These are the questions that Samantha Logan must face in “The Amoveo Legacy”. A dream on her thirtieth birthday compels her to leave her artists loft in New York City and move back to the beach with her Grandmother, Nonie. However, the instant Samantha steps foot on the salty shores of her childhood home, she realizes the landscape has changed.

The moment she encounters the mysterious, arrogant neighbor Malcolm Drew, her life is never the same. Through a seductive courtship, he introduces her to the magical mystical world of the Amoveo. The dream walking, telepathic, shape shifters that he claims are her true heritage. However, Malcolm holds back a secret that could destroy them both. Will he be able to protect Samantha and convince her of the secret legacy buried deep inside of her?

About the Author from the back of her book:
The Amoveo Legacy is Sara’s first published novel and the first book in The Amoveo Series. Sara is a graduate of Marist College, with a B.A. Degree in English Literature & Theater. Her initial career path after college was as a professional actress.

Some of her television credits include, “A&E Biography”, “Guiding Light”, “Another World”,
“As the World Turns” and “Rescue Me”. For the past several years Sara has been a professional
Public Speaker and Speaker Trainer. Her speaking career began with Monster’s “Making It Count” programs, speaking in High Schools and Colleges around the United States to thousands of students.

She has been a lover of both the paranormal and romance novels for years. Her scifi/ fantasy/ romance obsession began with the TV Series STAR TREK and an enormous crush on Captain Kirk. That sci-fi obsession soon evolved into the love of all types of fantasy/paranormal;
vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and of course shape shifters. Sara lives in New York with her
husband of 15 years, their 4 boys, 1 dopey dog and an extremely loud cockatiel. Life is busy but never dull.

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