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The Reluctant Amazon (Alliance of the Amazons) Kindle Edition

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A USA Today Recommended Read!

I enjoyed this book enough to know I can't wait until she gives us more...--Bookaholic Anon

There was really never a dull moment in the story... --Tracy's Place

I think as the series goes along it will get better, and I will definitely be going along for the ride. --See Jaime Read

Night Owl Romance ~ 5 stars ~ Reviewer Top Pick! ~ Ms. James has outdone herself with this new series, Alliance of the Amazons.

Smexy Books ~ I like the world in this book. I can’t help but enjoy a big Scottish hero that whisks the heroine away to a magical place...

Sinfully Delicious Books ~ The end was a whirlwind of action leaving off with a very satisfying ending and an opening for what's to come in the next installment.

The Book Girl ~ I loved the twist and turns the story took and can’t wait to find out what happens next in the series.

Did I have fun reading this? Oh yes! The mish-mash of myth, tech, love and sisterhood is incredibly appealing. ~ Book Lovers Inc.

In The Reluctant Amazon author Sandy James’s deft hand with world-building shows, for she delivers an intriguing world that I’m eager to learn more about. ~ Joyfully Reviewed

Product Details

  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (September 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JH5CL8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sandy lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis with her husband of over thirty years and is a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband own a small stable of harness racehorses and enjoy spending time at the two Indiana racetracks.

She is published through Forever Yours, Carina Press, and BookStrand, as well as indie-published. She has been an Amazon #1 Bestseller multiple times and has won numerous awards including two HOLT Medallions.

Please visit her website at for more information or find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest as "sandyjamesbooks."

Represented by Browne & Miller Literary.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jim Cangany on September 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This novel has it all-romance, interesting and good looking characters, non-stop action and a fun dip into Amazonian mythology. Rebecca Massee is an almost thirty kindergarten teacher who's just been jilted at the altar. As the realization that she's not getting married sinks in, her world is taken in a completely new direction shen she finds out she's an Amazon who has been called to duty. Rebecca's task is to help fight an unidentified evil who is killing other Amazon warriors. Along the way, she learns how to wrap foes up in vines, meets women who can throw fire, control water and conquer air, and even manages to fall in love with a Scottish laddie. In between all of this, she has to figure out a way to save the world. If you want a fast-paced ride that has a little something for everyone, this is a story for you.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth@Nightmare on Bookstreet on September 9, 2012
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While the cover may have worked, I unfortunately found a lot wrong with the story of The Reluctant Amazon.

I was interested in this book initially because of the main premise: Amazons. I've always been fascinated with these strong female warrior characters. The story however did not take me on a deep enough journey.

When I look at the girl on the front cover it does not make me think of the main character Rebecca. When I first started reading, I felt she was real and likeable and I found myself laughing out loud. However, the romance aspect of this book ruined her character for me. She didn't become the strong character I was envisioning. She was stuck on a guy who she just met and was more worried about him then her job as an Amazon.

I felt the romance between Rebecca and Artair really took away from the story. Once again you have this insta-love. It would have been so much better and invoked much more tension if the romance had been a gradual build-up. The passages with the two of them became annoying. For example, while her home was going down in flames and her sisters had scattered to safety, Rebecca and Artair found time for a sexual romp in the woods. ugh.

I can definitely say that this story isn't predictable. I was kept guessing the entire time. Which was good. The mythology that I did get was interesting, but I felt it wasn't taken far enough. I wanted much much more. I also would have liked less unrealistic romance between Rebecca and Artair and more action, adventure, and story development. While I did like the aspect of the Amazons representing fire, earth, air or water, there was not enough explanation about them and their differences. The characters all needed to be flushed out more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on January 20, 2013
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Being left at the altar would be enough for a woman to handle in one day. Being jilted and then finding out you're an Amazonian Earth warrior with supernatural powers? It's enough to make kindergarten teacher Rebecca Massee think she's losing it. Except it's all true. Rebecca is one of four Amazons tapped to save the world from evil. She and her newfound Amazon "sisters" are to train and become a fighting force unlike any Rebecca could have ever dreamed. The only problem? Rebecca is no warrior, and unlike her fellow Amazons she's not exactly falling into her new role with ease.

Immortal Sentinel Artair MacKay has trained numerous Amazons, but none has ever affected him like Rebecca. He's breaking all the rules falling for his beautiful Earth Amazon, but Artair can't seem to keep his need for Rebecca in check. He worries that Rebecca isn't cut out to be an Amazon and he knows his feelings for her are compromising his ability to train her properly. Then a dangerous enemy threatens the Amazons and Artair has to put all his faith in the strength of his reluctant Amazon.

Magic and danger go hand-in-hand in the explosive first installment of the Alliance of the Amazons series. In The Reluctant Amazon author Sandy James's deft hand with world-building shows, for she delivers an intriguing world that I'm eager to learn more about. Since the fun is in the journey when it comes to the paranormal elements of The Reluctant Amazon I'm, well, reluctant to say much about my favorite aspect of the book. Suffice it to say that The Reluctant Amazon is unique, engaging, and will leave you wanting to learn more about the world of the Amazons.

As for the titular Amazon, Rebecca is a heroine you have to admire. I love that Ms.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sandy S. on May 14, 2013
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THE RELUCTANT AMAZON is the first storyline in Sandy James' Alliance of the Amazon series. The premise focuses on the background information about a female race of Amazonian elemental warriors-Earth, Water, Air and Fire and, how each member of the Alliance must work together with their fellow `sister warriors' to put a stop to the end of the world. The storyline and series premise also pulls in mythological gods and goddesses, demigods and demons, and a hierarchy of power and control that is tested by the very Amazons trained to defend the world. But as the women are pulled together to locate three of their missing sisters, they will face betrayal and the pain of loss at the hands of one of their own.

Like many supernatural storylines, our heroine is not aware of her heritage or powers until a handsome immortal stranger takes her under his wing. Meeting her fellow warrior sisters, Rebecca soon realizes she is not on the same level of playing field as the others. As an Earth Amazon, it is her heritage to nurture and grow, and she has a difficult time mastering everything that she needs to know. But as the story progresses, Rebecca will discover that she is a leader as well as a warrior, and the others will eventually have to look to Rebecca for guidance and direction. We follow as the Amazon sisters are trained to defend and protect, fight for what they believe and, finally come to the realization that that trust must be earned and should not be given freely.

The relationship between Artair (Highland warrior Sentinel) and Rebecca is immediate but a relationship that may place everyone at risk as Artair's attention and need to protect Rebecca moves his focus from the women he is supposed to train onto the woman who has stolen his heart.
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