Book Review: Scent of Valor by Annie Nicholas

ScentOfValor72webSynopsis:

Courage blooms in the meekest of hearts. Chronicles of Eorthe, Book 2   After spending twenty years trapped in her civil body, Kele can finally shift into feral form. By tooth and claw, she’s determined to climb the Payami pack hierarchy.   Her parents plan to mate her with a hunter from a rival pack, but her heart’s already been stolen by the most unsuitable wolf possible—Peder, an omega male. She’d gladly give him her body except he’s disappeared from her life. Maybe into the thieving arms of another female. Peder has spent every moment of their forced separation training to be a hunter. When he hears of her arranged marriage, he fears he’s waited too long to trespass back onto Payami lands to fight for her hand—but he damned well isn’t giving up. On his journey to confront Kele, Peder is attacked and wakes in a cage, helpless as a band of vampires attack Kele’s mating party. Separated by social standing, thrown together by tragedy, they must work together to survive. And find out if their attraction is merely puppy love, or a bond that’s stronger than time. Warning: This book contains an omega male who’s done submitting and a hunter female who isn’t used to needing anyone to come to her rescue. Violence ensues, not for the faint of heart. Goodreads link to book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22465660-scent-of-valor

About the Author:

Annie Nicholas writes paranormal romance with a twist. She has courted vampires, hunted with shifters, and slain a dragon’s ego all with the might of her pen. Riding the wind of her imagination, she travels beyond the restraints of reality and shares them with anyone wanting to read her stories. Mother, daughter, and wife are some of the other hats she wears while hiking through the hills and dales of her adopted state of Vermont. Annie writes for Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, and Lyrical Press.  

My Review:

I was really excited to see that there was a second book in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, and although this didn’t have the immediate impact of the original, once I got used to the various characters and my memory was jogged, this was yet another of Annie’s books which was really hand to put down.

From a writer’s perspective, it did take a while for me to get accustom with the world and it’s characters, and my fav character Susan was not in the frame as much as in the first book. I think I liked her the most beacuse she was from our world and was easy to identify with. I’m also a sucker for a good fish out of water story, which Susan definitely was. New characters were introduced, which was great, as it kept things different and of course led to conflict which we needed to see. The set-up was very much like a paranormal history lesson of when America was new and settlers were sparing with the native American Indians, so was a little sad too – just goes to show you the power of the book’s prose and narrative.

The front cover has the same look of the first, which is great in terms of marketing. Although for me, just a man (even a good looking one) is a bit boring and doesn’t tell you much about what’s inside the book.

Overall, I’d give The Scent of Valour 5 out 5 stars – another great read that easily takes you away from the dull ‘real’ world and plops you straight into adventure and romance.

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