My Rating: 4/5
Author: Jaime McDougall
Title: Echo Falls
Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there.
After a vicious attack in an alley, policeman Aidan O’Bryan is left with Phoebe as his only path to understanding why the Echo Falls werewolf pack – his pack – is being attacked. When another pack member is killed, Phoebe is forced to confront her past before she loses Aidan and everything she has come to love.
Love and duty become one as Aidan strives to prevent Phoebe from becoming the next victim. But with Phoebe just as determined to protect Aidan and her new home, secrets from her past threaten to tear them apart.
Will love give Phoebe the strength to trust Aidan and face her fears, or will her past destroy her future?
*Warning: Contains adult situations and language
Narration: Third Person – Multiple
Character Development: The story mainly follows Phoebe and Aidan. Phoebe has just moved to Echo Falls. When the reader first meets her, the reader discovers that she has been running from someone for a while and that she is in danger. She first meets Aidan (who is a cop) when she is attacked. There’s an instant attraction. However, both characters have secrets. Phoebe’s traumatic past gives her trust issue and the need to keep running. But, she likes Echo Falls and eventually loves Aidan. Can she overcome her past to stay where she wants to? Or will her misfortune drive her away?
Aidan is a cop and the alpha male for the pack of werewolves situated in Echo Falls. Lately, a string of murders involving werewolves have plagued the town. He saves Phoebe and becomes infatuated with her. However, he knows she is hiding something from him, and he hides the fact that he is a werewolf – at first. Aidan’s instincts are conflicted between pack/cop business and this mysterious woman.
They both must learn to trust each other if they are going to survive.
Plot Development/Flow: The story moves along well and is a fast read for me. I have read the second book before this one a while ago, so it didn’t hinder my reading experience. The only negative thought I have for reading this book is that the mystery isn’t surprising – at least for me. Despite that, I enjoyed the book.
Standalone or Part of a Series: First book in a series – but can be read as a standalone.