Review: The Reluctant Amazon by Sandy James

The Reluctant Amazon by Sandy James
Series: Alliance of the Amazons (# 1)
Release Date: September 3, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 258
Source: book provided by the author for review

The last thing Rebecca Massee expects on her wedding day is to go from jilted kindergarten teacher to Amazonian Earth warrior. But when she causes an earthquake after her groom says I don’t, she discovers that not only does she possess incredible powers, she is one of four lost chosen sisters who must fight to keep humanity safe from rogue gods and demons. Luckily she has help: ruggedly handsome Scottish warrior Artair MacKay, her protector and teacher.

An immortal, Artair has trained countless warriors for more than four hundred years. He understands Rebecca’s confusion at the new world she’s been thrust into and worries she is too emotionally vulnerable, but that doesn’t stop his growing feelings for the beautiful and fearless woman.

When an evil force threatens to destroy the Amazons, Rebecca must claim her full powers–but they come at a cost. Can she sacrifice the man she loves if it means saving the world?


Review: Wow, urban fantasy is a genre I normally don’t read but I was so engrossed by this book that I couldn’t put it down. I was hit by new to me terms and characterizations – Amazon warriors, guardians, Sentinels, goddesses, the Ancients, demons, powers, good vs. evil, revenants, zombies, changlings and shapeshifters. The only thing remotely familiar was a Scotsman, Artair MacKay, who spoke in his Scottish brogue and wore his plaids, and only because I like historical fiction with Scots as one of the genres I read. This is Rebecca and Artair’s story.

With an unexpected love story, connections between Amazon sisters, their fight against evil and their enemies this was a quick read. There were so many twists and turns to the storyline but it was easy to follow and feel what the characters were feeling – whether anger, being tired from training, laughter, tears, pain, battles, injuries and sorrow, heartache or loss. Hearing the myths that we learned about in school come to life was an added bonus. Seeing Earth, Fire, Air and Water in action was mind boggling at times. Avalon seemed to be a nice place for them to train and live in between “assignments”. I loved the way that James set up the storyline too and introduced us to the characters. The descriptions were so vivid I felt I was wherever the story was taking place. There was nice closure and I’m happy to know that I’ll be meeting up with all of them again in book two in the series, The Impetuous Amazon.

I had previously read Rules of the Game by this author which was a contemporary romance. I look forward to reading the other books in this series along with James’ other books.

Favorite Quote:  …”Why do you call me that? Why do you always call me Becca instead of Rebecca?”

A smile crossed his lips. “You’ve never looked like a Rebecca to me. A sour-faced woman in my clan carried that name. I cannot think of the two of you in the same way. From the moment I saw you, especially when I watched you deal with your reluctant groom, you’ve always been my Becca.” Artair’s gaze grew tender, almost maudlin. “Becca mine.”