Leigh Alexander has lived every day of her life feeling like an outcast amongst her family and the small-minded people of Pine Hollow, a secretive community to which her parents belong. When Danielle, Leigh’s younger sister, asks Leigh to come home for her wedding, Leigh’s torn between wanting to be there for her sister and saving herself from people who’ve despised her all of her life.
Knowing she’ll regret her decision, Leigh gives into her sister and goes home for what she hopes is the last time. Leigh was prepared for people to ignore her, for them to shun her, for them to point out all the ways she didn’t belong all because she wasn’t a size perfect, but what she hadn’t been prepared for was falling for Ryan Hart, a man who she will soon learn knows all of the secrets her family and the town of Pine Hollow refuse to tell her.
Revealing the truth about Pine Hollow and the rest of the supernatural world might be forbidden, but to save Leigh’s life, Ryan will tell her everything about who she is, or more importantly who she isn’t, even if it will forever change her life and the lives of every person in Pine Hollow.
About the Author
Jennifer Reynolds is a native of North Alabama. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from National University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Alabama.
She is a multi-genre author who focuses mostly on post-apocalyptic novels and paranormal romances. She’s released four novels (Alone, a post-apocalyptic novel, Shifter, a paranormal romance, HIM, a suspense thriller, and Resistant, a zombie-apocalypse romance), one novella (Saying Goodbye, a paranormal love story), and two short stories (Charles Wallace’s Favorite Toy, a general fiction piece, and In the Dark, a horror piece) and has two more novels (Outcast and Destined, both are paranormal romances) scheduled for release in the next year.
Aside from spending her days immersed in the fictional worlds she creates, she’s a stained glass hobbyist.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lovable Characters, vivid and captivating world development... This is the second book in Jennifer Reynold’s Supernaturals series. If you read Shifter, you’ll be reintroduced to old friends. If not, don’t worry this book stands alone just fine. Leigh grew up with a family and a community that hates her. Why? Good question. She thinks she’s an Outcast because she has always struggled with her weight in a town that has superhuman metabolism... literally. But, she’s wrong. The town has rejected her because she’s the only human in a world of shifters. The ruling council is old-school, prejudice and unyielding... And, defying the council has serious consequences. When Leigh returns home for her sister’s wedding, the bullying, snide comments and harassment are even worse than she remembers. The only good thing about the entire situation is the strong bond she shares with her sister — and Ryan, the grooms’ best friend. Leigh and Ryan have a chemistry that neither understands. Ryan, a rebel at heart, decides to defy the town and his family to act on his feelings — suspecting Leigh might be his mate. Leigh reluctantly gives in and enjoys an electric, passionate evening with the hot guy she’s been attracted to for years. The consequences are swift. Leigh flees town, determined to put it all behind her for good. Ryan is disowned as he follows his heart. Strange occurrences and bad luck turn dangerous, forcing the couple to finally turn to the Sullivan pack for help. Enter magic, retribution and a battle nobody wants. This story draws you in from the very beginning. You get a clear understanding of the small-minded, cruel discrimination and persecution Leigh faces from page one. The characters are well developed, the mystery draws you in, and the bad guys make you root for the underdog. If you’re looking for a quick read with an intriguing storyline, I recommend you give this one a try.
So it seems that small minded people can be found just about anywhere, including a shifter community who has one human child growing up among the shifters. Instead of telling the child why she is different, why not just shut her out, belittle her and make her feel unloved, an Outcast? Oh yeah, and keep huge, I mean HUGE secrets from her. Even her family was distant and Leigh never knew why, maybe because she was overweight? She never knew what she had done to make so many people hate her. Nice way to grow up and it didn’t end there. The best and worst feelings of her life came at her sister’s wedding, the one person who loved her no matter what, because in spite of the cruel treatment by everyone, there was Ryan. Hot, handsome, a bit of a rebel and he wanted her, just as she was. They had chemistry, it was electric, passionate and earthy, but someone just couldn’t let them be happy and they were prepared to go as far as killing Leigh and she still didn’t know why. Her fate, her very life rests in the hands of the man she loves, but to save her, he needs to let her in on the big town secret, he needs to show her who and what he really is. How will Leigh react? Will she still want him? Ryan is willing to risk everything for the woman he loves, because that is what true love is all about. Jennifer Lynn Reynolds’ Outcast is going to rock your world with emotional see-sawing. Sure, there is earthy, scorching sex, but it is more, it is making love…very hot love! There are characters that you want to claw their faces off, characters you want to hug and there are characters that are the biggest cowards ever to grace a printed page, but they may be redeemable. Leigh has been so damaged by those who should be her strongest support, I give that woman kudos for not telling them where to go. And Ryan? That man is a true find, a gem of a catch, a real man, regardless of what he turns into at times. Ms. Reynolds has another emotionally charged high tension hit on her hands and for shifter lovers, you will find yourself in shifter heaven, plus you get to see shifters at their worst, as well as their very best! Did I mention the hot shifter sex? The very hot and earthy sex? I received this copy from Jennifer Lynn Reynolds in exchange for my honest review.