Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors. (So far, a cat named Asimov and two dogs named Brin and Zenna.)
A love of fiction has always coursed through her veins and she told stories as a child even before she knew how to write them. Settling into one genre was never her style and she has plans for novels in women's fiction, urban fantasy and more - all with a touch of romance.
She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. She has also enjoyed writing a column called 'The New Australian' in local newspapers as well as various articles online.
Her fiction work and poetry has been published both online and off in places including The Oddville Press (no longer running) and The Filth zine.
This book takes the reader right into the thick of the action. Phoebe, the main character, is running away from a certain evil who the reader will meet later on in the novel. Phoebe is a tense, cautious, and slightly afraid main character. She has every right to be though, the monster that chased her was the same monster that killed her brother. Phoebe lives life carefully and always with a wary eye on the lookout. When she runs into Aidan, a real alpha man, her life becomes even more confusing. She has to deal with feelings she now has for a person she can't easily protect.
Attacks by the mystery monster continue to happen, forcing Phoebe to come full circle and face her fears before she loses someone very special to her. The reader will enjoy reading about the shifter scenes, the touch of paranormal makes the novel much more interesting than the average love story. The love scenes are steamy and believable, integral in a novel with a romance edge. The characters were worth reading about. Phoebe has her flaws, but those serve to make her a more believable character. Aidan is the handsome protector, he will be a huge draw to female readers. The secondary characters are just as fun to get to know. The ending is exciting and perfect for the novel. The reader will be completely satisfied. This book is recommended to adult readers who enjoy paranormal romance.
*complimentary review copy provided, this does not affect my opinion in any way*
I looked forward to this book and enjoyed it for the most part. I had a few issues with timing on revealing the important elements of the book. The book starts out with Phoebe running away from danger only to be attacked by a werewolf. Now you never see her freak out about it, which was a little weird, but then she doesn't realize there are werewolves in town until later. You suspect what her secret it right away but it all just felt more confusing than interesting.
Aidan is a detective investigating a series of werewolf murders. The town doesn't know they are werewolves, they just think people are being murdered. So Aidan is stepping lightly with his two partners, who are werewolves as well. Aidan saves Phoebe from the werewolf attack and tries to connect with her to let her know she is now a werewolf. See you can already guess the secret since Phoebe doesn't even think about what the attack could mean. But then Phoebe is on the run from someone who keeps finding and stalking her. She thinks she must skip town again, but she is tired of doing that.
In reality, the heroine thinks she can fix everything when she really can't. Then there is Aidan being he alpha of the pack, but I never really bought he was the alpha. He seemed more beta to me than anything. Not a softie, but not someone who leads either.
One main character seems to bite a bullet literally in the book, which felt a little pushed rather than shocking.
Overall, it was a good attempt, but the writing needs some time to mature and fill in the gaps and emotions of the story that I couldn't get into.
Echo Falls, by Jaime McDougall, is a good paranormal story that I thought it was in need of further development. The story follows Phoebe Martin who is attacked in the opening chapter and wakes up to find a handsome man, Aidan, taking care of her. They have more things in common than they realize.
The first few chapters held my attention but then I found myself questioning the actions of most of the characters. I found it strange that in some situations Aidan, a policeman and werewolf, didn't seem to act like either. The secondary characters didn't have much backstory and so they kind of blended into one another for me. In general, I found the writing to be good but thought some descriptions were awkward, which made me detach from the story.
Overall: While I enjoyed the basic premise, I found that I needed more development of both plot and characters to appreciate it. I think McDougall shows promise so I will probably purchase her other works when they become available.
Edited: Author, Jaime McDougall, kindly pointed out, "Echo Falls is just over 59,500 words and the print novel is 232 pages long." Apologies, Jaime, for the confusion.
The book started off strong, I was into the story and the characters however it took about 3/4 of the book to actually learn about the conflict. It was really vague through a majority of the book and I kept wondering "okay, so what's the deal? When is something going to happen?!" Overall the book was good and I don't feel that I wasted my time, it definitely was worth it for a free book. There was a lot of predictable elements of a werewolf romance, for the most part you read one you've read them all. I was hoping for a bit more of a twist, but hey. Not Shab.
This was a good read that gets 3.5 * in my opinion. It mixed traditional Were myths in with some new stuff. By the middle of the book, I had already figured out who the mole was and that was short of a bummer. If you enjoy Weres, romance and an easy read, this is your book.