"O, she will sing the savageness out of a bear!" - William Shakespeare
Madison Carter had feared Scott Lee since he saved her from David McClellan - a powerful and evil sorcerer. Scott is a werewolf and his transformation right before her eyes before he killed David would haunt her waking and sleeping hours after that horrible night. when she gets a call from her brother Clinton and learns he was bitten by a werewolf, Madison turns to the only man who could help - a man she both fears and is attracted to.
the first chapter was riveting as all get out. it was very intense and set the tone and reason for Madison's fear and attraction to Scott. it turned out that this conflict was not exclusive. Scott also feared Madison but for different reasons and there was no question about his attraction for her as well. these contradictions are amplified throughout much of the book.
for a paranormal novel, this one was quite dramatic in most places. it came to a point where Scott and Madison's fear/attraction dilemma was quite overwhelming. it was a good thing that the life-threatening circumstances they faced as the story progressed provided some distraction and "relief" from the warring emotions. i hollered a "finally!" when this emotional Gordian knot started to come loose and unravel. i was also satisfied with how everything came together in the end.
Christine Amsden's writing and world-building are well-done. she knows her characters and the universe they inhabit in and out. i do liked her idea of a werewolf who engages in sorcery and her take on how music and magic can be manipulated to achieve results.
this book is a stand-alone companion to the Cassie Scot Mystery series. i have not read any but here in Madison's Song, the author provides relevant background information related to the series every now and then to enlighten/guide the reader who might get confused or lost as i did at first. fans of the series, however, who are familiar with Cassie and her world would welcome Madison and Scott's story.
my personal rating is:
Madison's Song contains material suitable for readers 16 and above only.
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