Thursday, July 16, 2015

Review: Dare (The Nox: Book 1) by T.A. Foster

 Dare Synopsis:

Choices should come easily to a queen.

Especially the queen of panther shifters. But Dare, leader of the Nox, faces the most difficult decisions of her life as she struggles to keep her freedom and keep the Nox safe.

Destined to marry when she turns twenty-two and give up the magic that is her birthright, Dare fights back, determined to change the course of history. Only along the way she falls for a human who forces her to face the reality that there are some things she can’t resist.

Zac Morgan has crossed the globe hoping to find comfort after a tragic loss has left him empty. He hopes Sullen’s Grove will give him peace and just a little taste of home. Even though he’s worked hard to keep his heart protected, he can’t stop the attraction he feels for the mysterious green-eyed college girl Dare.

When Zac is thrust into the middle of a dangerous shifter war, Dare may be the only one who can save him. Sometimes the choices we make are the ones we least expect.

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 What I thought about Dare 

Dare is queen of the panther shifters, and they have some unusual mating habits. Dare and her group of panthers called the Nox aren't having any of these archaic rules. It's their open disobedience of their rules that gets Dare in trouble.

She's also very attracted to a human named Zac.  She tries to stay away, but she can't. Zac started out as a cool sexy dude for me, but then ... well, his anger and the need to know more about the panthers that supposedly stalk Sullen's Grove get the best of him, and he makes some critical errors in judgement you can see coming.

Dare will do anything to save herself and her female panthers from having to follow the old rules, but she just might not be able to, considering her intended spouse takes a strong action to end the book in a cliffhanger.

I thought there were some interesting paranormal elements in this and some that I've read in other books. The story was well paced, although the ending was a little flat for me, considering the amount of conflict.

Overall, I did like the story and the premise of rebelling against what has always been done in the past.  I liked how the female panthers were willing to fight for what they wanted.  Zac is in a bad headspace at the start of the book and things don't really get much better for him by the end...and I liked that.

So a good start to this paranormal series.

ARC provided for review.

T.A. Foster Bio:

T.A. Foster grew up catching rays and waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her husband, three children and canine kiddo. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.

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