- File Size: 2398 KB
- Print Length: 163 pages
- Publication Date: December 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078LL3B65
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When the protagonist, Aurora Valente, turns eighteen, she is shocked to learn she is a shape-shifter: she becomes a black panther when she changes. Not only that, she is given a mission: She is descended from an Indian princess and is a charged as a “minder” to keep the scattered tribe members safe from a dangerous beast, half wolf, half bear. She also has healing abilities and a necklace with special properties. Meanwhile, the beast killed her parents and it particularly wants to kill her, now that she has come into her own.
The romance enters when Aurora encounters another shape-shifter. Together they team up to vanquish the beast, but complications impede their budding romance. I don’t want to throw in spoilers by giving away the whole story. But it’s a fun read, and just when you think all is well, a twist at the end unsettles that assumption.
YA readers will enjoy this, and it’s a refreshing change from zombies and werewolves.
Aurora Valente, known as Rora, is a feisty and likeable heroine, determined and strong, with whom teenagers and young women will be able to easily identify. Kylar is the type of hero we all like to dream of; strong, handsome, extremely rich, and sensitive. He also has a secret or two of his own. Kylar and Rora meet at a restaurant where her Aunt has taken her to celebrate her 18th birthday and the chemistry between him and Aurora is obvious from the start. When her Aunt, with whom she has lived since her parents were killed, gives her a very unusual necklace, and tells her the story behind it, Rora realises she has an unbelievable destiny to fulfill, and that Kylar is far more than the ordinary, if striking, young businesman he appears to be.
Without any explicit language or anything more than a kiss,the author manages to convey the sizzling sexual tension between the two while keeping the action moving on every page. Kylar has moments where he seems distant and reluctant to get too close to Aurora, despite the electricity between the two of them, but he does have a good reason, which he is reluctant to reveal to her.
Being an admirer of Native American culture I liked the way Sandra Cox wove a moving Indian legend into her story, providing a logical and original rationale for the shifter element of the story. Minder is different to most of the shifter stories I have come across and Ms Cox gets beneath the skins of the two big cats in a way that is realistic and not overdone.
The supporting characters, two of whom are also Native Americans, are likeable and varied, from Kaylar's adoptive family, Jimmy and Doug, to Aunt Gin and her police officer boyfriend, Rob, not to mention Aurora's best friend, Cathy.
The story moves swiftly to its thrilling climax and the satisfying conclusion.I think young (and older) adults will really enjoy this fantasy adventure,and I can thoroughly recommend it.
I just finished reading Sandra Cox's far reaching suspense story MINDER..and may I just take a moment here and say OMG!
This tale grabbed me from the very start, wrapping tendrils around me so compelling, I could not put it down until I reached the very END!
When I reached the end, though, I realized there will be at least one more book following this one, and although it surprised me, I was glad to know Sandra Cox means to continue the saga she created here in MINDER.
FIVE STARTS for this haunting, brilliantly constructed suspense story.
I can't wait until I can clap my eyes on the next book in this series.
WELL DONE, MS. COX!
A must read!