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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ARC REVIEW-SURRENDER TO THE CHASE (UNDER REALM ASSASSINS #2) BY AMANDA J. GREENE

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

***Please note, copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***

"Little wolf," he rasped. "Never run from one such as me." ~Ethan

Surrender to the Chase was a nice little 'happy dance' kind of read for me. Too often, it feels authors get fixated on a specific word count and as a result, the story itself gets buried in all the padding. Trim. the. fat. as Ms. Greene has done so well. I can only speak for myself but I have a hectic schedule, (on a good day!) and so my reading time is precious.

This is a quick start type of story, it hits the ground running. It's been a year since Ethan's friend, fellow assassin, was killed. His first job since the tragedy is a bit of a head scratcher. He's an assassin, not a babysitter. He doesn't have the time nor the patience to chase after some shifter princess runaway. I was sold on Ethan right out the gate. The vampire has a chip on his shoulder but harbors a lot of pain. Ms. Greene provides just enough inner monologue to allow you to get to know him without it going on and on to where you feel like he's always in his head and never shuts up. On a shallow note, a vamp named Ethan, for whatever reason, totally and completely works for me.

Speaking of character names, I can't say that I love the name Fraya. It didn't work for me at all. But...I really liked the character. She made for a great heroine and the chemistry between she and Ethan was spot on. Another character name that didn't work for me was 'Lynn'. Not so much that I just don't like the name. It's because considering the type of character, it just didn't fit. I couldn't get the image of this character in my head. I know that for some readers, it's not a big deal. For me, names are HUGE. I need their names to make sense to me. If they don't, it can stunt the enjoyment factor for me.

This brings me to two other characters that I can't wait to learn more about. Jaxon and Lance appear just briefly but I cannot wait for each of their books. PLEASE let them both have their own book! The Under Realm Assassins series is definitely one I'll keep an eye on, can't wait for book 3!

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