Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review: Echo Falls by Jaime McDougall

Echo Falls
Author: Jaime McDougall
Release Date: July 15, 2011
Publisher: Self Published
ISBN:   1463664044
ISBN13: 9781463664046
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Bewitching Book Tours

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?

I enjoyed ECHO FALLS. The protagonist Phoebe is a photographer who has been on the run for a while and finally feels like Echo Falls could be home. Phoebe doesn't trust anyone, is very cautious and tries not to get to attached to anything. She is attacked in an alley one night and Police officer and werewolf pack leader Aidan saves her, brings her home and nurses her back to health. Everywhere Phoebe goes disaster follows so she immediately starts pushing him away in the hopes that nothing will go wrong in Echo Falls.

When the murders in Echo Falls start looking familiar Phoebe fears that the evil she has been trying to escape is finally catching up to her again. Aidan doesn't understand why Phoebe is pushing him away or what she is hiding but he still wants to get to know her. The attraction between Aidan and Phoebe makes itself known very early but they gradually worked through their feelings which was nice. They didn't have the feel of people that just met and threw themselves together so I think their slow progress complimented their characters. I think the flaws that both of them brought to the table made them more real and made me understand them more.

ECHO FALLS moved at a nice fast pace with a great amount of mystery. I enjoyed the supporting characters almost as much as the main characters and the story held my attention. I haven't seen anything that suggests ECHO FALLS is part of a series but I wouldn't mind reading more.

I gave it 3.5/5 stars