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Friday, September 30, 2011

Inequities by Jambrea Jo Jones

Inequities by Jambrea Jo Jones
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (89 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Foxglove

Sometimes you need to take justice in your own hands.

Russell Masters is having a pity party. Woe is him; he isn’t fit to be in charge. If he doesn’t change his way of thinking he could lose the very thing that could make him stronger.

Vivian Sommer can’t understand why her mate won’t claim her. They are destined to be together and she wants to be Russ’ with an all fire passion. It means family and finally belonging. But she isn’t going to sit around while he figures out they are better together.

Her tribe isn’t willing to let her go with out a fight. Russ and Vivian must work together and stand strong because another threat could shatter their very existence.

Jambrea Jo Jones continues to weave her magic in this third book in her Seeds of Dawn series. Inequities deals with the varied levels of strength and magic within the pack, and with the alpha’s feelings of self-doubt in his abilities.

As alpha of his pack of shifters, Russ Masters thinks he’s a fraud, a failure. He is doubting his ability to lead, and doesn’t believe he deserves the beautiful fox that is his mate. Vivian is determined to show Russ they belong together, or get out of his life. He has ignored her since she arrived, and she believes he despises her. But when her guard from her pack arrives with a warning that danger is coming, Russ snaps out of his mood, and takes charge the way any good alpha does.

When the evil Ryerson and his group of henchmen arrive, Russ finds the strength inside to make decisions based on what is best for the pack, and protect his mate. Can they keep Ryerson from destroying the wolves and their home? Can Russ find balance and strength and lead the pack to safety? With Vivian’s love to ground him, can Russ accept that being alpha doesn’t mean he has to be the strongest?

As with the first two stories in this series, the world here is filled with unique and interesting characters, and adds a new species in with the wolves and cats we have seen so far. Every character has a purpose, a specific role to play in the prophesied war that has been foretold by the Ancients, and the threads are coming together more in each book.

Russ Masters is alpha of his pack. It is an unusual pack, composed of misfits and outcasts, but all are welcome at the Masters compound. Russ is strong in leadership skills and yet he doubts his worth. Handsome and loyal, he knows Vivian is his mate, but feels she deserves more. I enjoyed watching as he realized it isn’t about magic or strength or who has more, but about knowing how to lead and protect his mate and his pack. I also loved watching as his mate put him soundly in his place, bringing out the best in him.

Vivian Sommers is a fox shifter, and a very determined woman. She is strong and sassy, and decides that if Russ doesn’t want her for a mate, she will leave. I loved watching as she refused to let him wallow in self-pity, and stood up to him at every turn. Although a princess in her den, she wants nothing more than to be with her mate and spend her life loving him. I love Vivian’s spirit and her courage in facing the very dangerous Ryerson.

There are a couple of surprises that I didn’t expect, and another couple found mates, but this is very much Russ and Vivian’s story. There is an evil mage controlling things from the background, and the danger is never far away, but Ms. Jones manages to bring the threads together for a sweet yet sexy happy for now for Russ and Vivian. And there are several very hot scenes here, with passion jumping out at you from the pages.

There is still more danger headed their way, but together, the pack will face what is coming and present a united front. I recommend that these be read in order to better see the full picture of this story. I look forward to the next book in this series, and will be keeping my fan ready for the next one.

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