Review: Unbound Heart by Jane Atchley

Unbound Heart by Jane Atchley
Series: Garrison Hearts (# 2)
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Publisher:  Wild Rose Press
Pages: 274
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

Shape-shifter Faelan Foley goes to war determined to prove women are as smart and useful as men–instead she falls in love with the enemy.

As a wolf, it’s easy for Faelan to spy in the enemy camp, but when she’s forced to shift to her real form, she’s arrested. Held captive, she develops a soul-searing friendship with enemy leader Aimery Duncan that threatens her heart and loyalty.

Aimery traded the privileged life of an island landholder for the anonymity of a cavalry officer. Now, surprised to find himself field marshal of the Allied Kingdom, he faces invading enemy forces. He can’t afford distractions–especially not a prisoner who just might be his soul mate.

Can Duncan do his duty, save Faelan from the hangman’s noose, and somehow convince her that love is stronger than war?

 

Review: Faelan is the enemy. As a shape-shifter, she has a special place among her people but as a woman, she can never be equal to that of a man. And she hates that. Everything she does is to place herself among the elite in her tribe. That is, until she sees Aimery.

Aimery is a bit tortured. He left a comfortable life to join the military. He refuses to allow himself to be anything other than a good leader. Aimery is sensitive and relatable although there is just something that keeps you from connecting with him all of the way.

Faelan and Aimery fall in love despite being enemies. Each has their own secrets and their love has to survive against great odds.

Something about this book just didn’t quite capture me. It was decently written and the characters were likeable. Maybe it was the fact that the story didn’t take place in a familiar location or that the romance started out so strangely. Or that it seemed to be a bit unrealistic. I can’t put a finger on it.

The story really was well written though. I didn’t know until after I finished the book that it was part of a series. It can definitely work as a standalone story. And while I am wishy-washy on the story as a whole, I want to read more from this author.