Thursday, August 20, 2015

Alana by Jessica Stevens

Alana (MF)Title:Alana
Author:Jessica Stevens
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/F
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
BookStrand Paranormal Romance, werewolves, voyeurism, HEA
Alana Knight has the power to control the minds of animals, including shifters, who want her dead. A tragic past has meant that Alana has spent most of her life in hiding. Concealed as a conservationist, she’s helped reintroduce wolves back into the wild. A dead body on her land proves her enemies have found her. She has no choice but to call on her protectors.
Detective Nick Valaskin has been secretly watching over Alana for years. He had vowed to protect her since coming of age. When she calls the police about a dead body on her grounds, Nick takes no chances and goes to her protection. Face to face with his childhood companion, it’s not long before passion burns between them. It puts Alana’s life in more danger than Nick could have imagined. Torn between love and a promise, Nick struggles, but together they face Alana’s tragic past in the hope of preventing history from repeating itself.
Note: This book contains adult language used as profanity.

Alana is more than human.  She has a skill which scares some but also gives other delusions of grandeur in the world of others.  She can control animals.  And when her family is slaughtered leaving just her and her father, she comes to hate what that means.  Especially as she is sent away for her own protection so she loses not only her mother and brother to death but her father as well.  She believes she is safe until a body is found near her home.  Contacting her father brings her protector out in the open.  And while she trusts Nick to protect her body is she ready to give him her heart? 
Nick has known his duty is to protect Alana.  While he has kept to the periphery of her world this death brings him up close and personal, maybe a bit too close and personal.  Now he needs to fight the feelings he has as he protects not only Alana but the secrets of their world.  I thought Jessica Stevens’ story was well constructed.  Since the focus was on Alana, I thought the title, Alana was appropriate and fitting.  We learned about Alana’s skill as well as her fears.  She has been isolated by circumstances and death.  She is unsure what feelings for Nick mean but she is willing to take a chance.  Problem is Nick isn’t quite there yet.  I thought their journey to a place they were both comfortable at was well articulated by Ms. Stevens.  She allowed for their emotional journey even while giving the reader a mystery to solve.  It is well worth a read.

                                    Four Twinkling Stars 

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