THE RELUCTANT AMAZON
Rebecca is a bit difficult to warm up to as a heroine. More passive and delicate than her “sisters,” she spends most of the book striving for, but lacking, the wherewithal of a competent Amazon warrior. James takes adequate care and time in building a believable compatibility between the hero and heroine. But, while the prose is effective and the physical descriptions are solid, the story is constrained by forgettable dialogue and weak worldbuilding. With so many goddesses and quasi deities running around, some readers may find it difficult to discern the rules that limit, or fail to limit, them.
In a single day, Rebecca Massee goes from being a kindergarten teacher and jilted bride to an Amazonian warrior. Not only does she possess incredible powers, she is one of four sisters chosen to safeguard humanity from rogue gods and demons. Fortunately, she has help: rugged Scottish immortal Artair MacKay, her defender and guide. Artair has trained countless warriors. He understands Rebecca’s confusion over her new role and worries she’s not emotionally prepared — but that doesn’t hamper his growing feelings for her. When an unknown evil threatens to destroy the Amazons, Rebecca must realize her true powers — but they come at a cost. Can she trade the life of her lover for the fate of all humanity? (CARINAPRESS.COM, dl $4.99)