Undone
by Sara Humphreys
(Sourcebooks, $6.99, R)  ISBN 978-1-4022-5852-7
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It looks like a Melanie Jackson book, if you're one to judge a book by its cover.  For those of you who like sappy romances that happen to have a supernatural or paranormal bent, that's great ... but for those of you who prefer some substance, some ... ah, bite ... to your vampires and werewolves and such that does not necessarily involve sex or food, looking at Sara Humphreys' Undone will be a bit of a letdown.

In this case especially (and we're all guilty of it), don't punish the book for its cover.

Marianna Coltari is a headstrong bear shapeshifter who has recently been involved in a lot of political crapola. She used to be on the Council, but followed her brother (apparently in a previous book) when he moved away from the old ways.  Despite this, she is still highly desired, especially as a potential wife, because of her pure blood and family name — regardless of the fact that she has yet to meet her Mate (yes, that kind of predestined Mate that turns my stomach most of the time).

Turns out her Mate is one Pete Castro, a friend and employee of her brother's who happens to be acting as her chauffeur as a cover for being her bodyguard.  And Marianna's not the only one who would like to abuse the term "bodyguard."

Pete knows what Marianna is, though she's unaware of this for a while. She teases him for a bit before he gives in against his better judgment — but not only is Pete her Mate, he may be the only one that can keep Marianna from the clutches of those who want her for a political pawn and are willing to go to any lengths to achieve their goals.

Undone is actually very well done, with strong characters who jump off the pages from the get-go. It would probably behoove readers to check out Humphreys' previous Amoveo Legend novel, but if it's not available, Undone fills in most of the blanks without being repetitive.  Fans of Melanie Jackson won't hate this novel in the slightest, but I honestly believe readers of Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Viehl, and maybe even Laurell Hamilton will enjoy it also.

--Sarrah Knight


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