Madison packs a lot of action into the short format, making this exciting prequel to Coveted a supremely satisfying and well-written read. This is a story of survival with a hint of pathos, but Agatha is a winner who is determined to chart her own path. Even if you’re not necessarily a fan of shape-shifter stories — like this reviewer — the Coveted series is so riveting, it’ll have you hooked from page one.
Agatha McClure has a good life as the only daughter of the head of the Midtown pack. The only flaw is that her mother has been set aside by her father in his quest for a male heir. Aggie’s father also pledges her to Victor Pershing and gets another, younger wife to give him the son he craves. At first Victor and Aggie seem well matched — until he begins to pressure her about conceiving. He also takes over her duties at her father’s company. To free herself, Aggie turns to an extreme sport to earn money. (SHAWNTELLEMADISON, May, 156 pp., $7.99)