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The Volatile Amazon

The Volatile Amazon

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by Sandy James

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Book four of Alliance of the Amazons

Sarita Neeraj has never felt like a real Amazon. Compared to the obvious strengths of her sisters, her Water powers seem as small as her stature. She's determined to prove herself—unfortunately, all that gets her is captured by an enemy.

Ian serves a twisted goddess, preferring this to an empty


Book four of Alliance of the Amazons

Sarita Neeraj has never felt like a real Amazon. Compared to the obvious strengths of her sisters, her Water powers seem as small as her stature. She's determined to prove herself—unfortunately, all that gets her is captured by an enemy.

Ian serves a twisted goddess, preferring this to an empty afterlife. He's taken Sarita hostage to coax the other Amazons from their safe haven. But in his ancient Scottish castle, the passion and love Ian finds for Sarita resurrect his honor, until he chafes at the dark will of his mistress.

Sarita has finally found happiness—but before she can enjoy it, she's "rescued" by her furious sisters. To save Ian from destruction at the hands of the Amazons, Sarita must risk wielding magick that could change her very nature. Only then can she prove the Water Amazon is the strongest of the four—and save them all from destruction.

Meet Earth, Fire and Air in The Reluctant Amazon, The Impetuous Amazon and The Brazen Amazon.

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Carina Press
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Alliance of the Amazons
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This place wasn't heaven, and it wasn't hell.

In the beginning, he'd been grateful and more than a little relieved. He hadn't lived the most noble of lives and had committed more sins than he cared to acknowledge. He'd died with a mortal sin staining his soul—the sin of wishing a man dead—but no fire licked at his skin. No brimstone sliced into the tender soles of his feet. Demons weren't prodding him with sticks and pikes.

Of course, there were no angels singing eternal hymns of praise, either. There were no harps being plucked with a soothing melody. His weight wasn't borne by a fluffy cloud. Yet he had been thankful to be in this place.

But only in the beginning.

Time stood still here. There was food, but only salted pork and rough potatoes. They didn't taste bad, they simply didn't taste at all. There was drink, but only warm water. There was rest, but only on the hard ground.

He didn't have to labor.

That, in the beginning, had seemed a blessing, especially after the earthly struggle to keep his clan fed. Yet the boredom stretched from day to day to day. While there was no labor, there, too, was no amusement. He passed time aimlessly walking in a dusty field with no heather or clover to brighten the path.

He wasn't alone. There were others in the field, in this place with no time. They neither spoke to him, nor he to them. He had no will to give voice to his mind. His thoughts remained his own, but they gave him no solace. Memories were torments, reminding him of his life—one lost in an act of betrayal and ending in agonizing pain.

Marking time was done in movements across the barren field. Left to right. Right to left. Too many times to count, yet he couldn't stop to do anything except eat, drink or sleep. Even if he found the will to stop walking, it wasn't long before he started again. He had no drive of his own.

Maybe this was hell after all.

"I can take you from here," a woman's melodious voice called from a great distance. "I can free you. You are what I seek—someone who was also betrayed, who thirsts for revenge. Let me help you."

Now, I'm in hell.

Now, he'd have to endure the torture of promises that could never be fulfilled. Now, he would hear a beautiful, lying voice telling him this torture might one day end.

"Pledge yourself to me," she said. "I can give you the vengeance you seek."

He kept walking, staring at his bare feet as they plodded on the dirt and wishing the taunting voice would return from whence it came.

"Serve me," she purred, "and I will bring you back to the world to complete your goal. I know what lies in your heart. The man who destroyed you will die at your hand, just as the women who destroyed my plans will die. Be my weapon! Be my right hand!"

His steps slowed as a spark flared in his heart, reminding him of the hatred and the wish for another's demise that had followed him in death.

"Promise yourself to me, and I will make you whole again. I will give you all your heart desires."

He stopped walking and clenched his fists at his side.

"Worship me," she sang, "and I will give you what you never found in life. You will have your revenge. I swear it."

With a shuddering sigh, he turned away from the voice and shook his head.

A bolt of lightning sliced the air a stone's throw from him, striking another walker. The man screamed as his body was engulfed in flames before disappearing in a cloud of black smoke.

"I can do all I say—and more. Come to me."

Meet the Author

Sandy James lives in a quiet suburb of Indianapolis with her husband of thirty years. She’s a high school social studies teacher who especially loves psychology and United States history. Since she and her husband own a small stable of harness racehorses, they often spend time together at the two Indiana racetracks.

You can find Sandy on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest at sandyjamesbooks.

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The Volatile Amazon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Heart pounding action, exciting twist and turns and an incredible love story, The Volatile Amazon is a must read. Sandy James out did herself with this new and exhilarating addition to the Alliance of the Amazon.  The Volatile Amazon brilliantly and surprisingly ties old storylines in to Sarita and Ian's story. Not only giving us a good dose of the characters we've come to love but astonishing us by pulling in the ghosts from the past. As you can tell, I loved this book. I reveled in the characters. I was enthralled by the passionate romance. I was shocked by unexpected revelations. Sandy James has a special gift in writing characters you want as your friends, including a few shifters...  Don't miss The Volatile Amazon. I received this ARC copy of The Volatile Amazon from Carina Press in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 30, 2013. Written by: Sandy James Print Length: 287 pages Publisher: Carina Press  Publication Date: September 30, 2013 Rating: 5 Stars Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary, Romance Age Recommendation: Adult
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can this be read as a stand alone?
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is the the fourth and final book in the Alliance of the Amazons series by Sandy James.  I was given an ARC of the book by the author for an honest review.  This is the story of the Water Amazon, Sarita and takes place about a year after the closing of The Brazen Amazon.  Sarita has been labeled as the weaker Amazon, mainly due to her small stature and forgiving nature.  Add in all the problems she had early on with killing zombies and it's easy to see why the other three do what they can to protect her. This story starts out a little different than the others.  The first person we meet is Ian, though we don't know that at the time.  He is stuck in Limbo, and though his heart burns with revenge, all he can do is put one foot in front of the other, walking back and forth, trapped forever in a bland monotony.  Until a woman comes and promises him his revenge if she will worship and follow her. Next we see all four of the Amazon patronesses consulting a seer. There they find out that the impending doom of mankind and the only person who may find a way to stop it is Sarita.  This task she must do alone, without the aid of her trainers, sisters, or even their patronesses.  Sarita must meet her destiny and find a way to save the world. I just need to say, AMAZING!!  I was hooked from the beginning and managed to devour this book in one sitting.  There were so many twists and turns and OMG! moments.  I went from laughing out loud to crying at emotional scenes in this book.  You absolutely have to read the other books in the series to really get the most emotional impact, because after 3 books you know and are invested in the characters.  This was a 5 star Goodreads rating for me and I can only hope that Ms. James will pick up the story with the Sons of Gaia.  This is a universe too rich and unique to end after only 4 books.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
THE VOLATILE AMAZON is the fourth and final installment in Sandy James’s Alliance of the Amazon series focusing on four ‘amazon sisters’ each with an elemental power-earth, fire, air and water-and the men they love. But as with many endings, there is also a beginning, and it appears there is a spin off series in the works for the Sons of Gaia. Sarita is the water Amazon.  Always considered the weakest of the four elemental Amazons due to her size and personality, Sarita endeavors to prove to the Alliance and the Sentinels that she is just as powerful and capable as the others. But her latest assignment will find Sarita falling for a man long thought dead, and a man who believes Sarita is someone else. Once again, Sandy James continues to weave a story of ancient goddesses, demi-gods and mythology into a contemporary storyline of betrayal, power and revenge.  Each Amazon has a goddess representative and with these comes the struggle for the ultimate control.  When an ancient goddess continues to battle for supremacy, everyone and everything in her way will become fodder in a war between the gods and goddesses.  And it will take one small water Amazon to prove that that the love of your sisters and one man, may be all you need to fight the evil that is hell on earth.  The relationship between Sarita and Ian begins as a case of mistaken identity.  Although Sarita will soon learn the exact nature of Ian’s errors, it will take a stronger Sarita to let go of the man who has stolen her heart.  The sex scenes are sensual and hot; and the tension builds because we know that at some point their true identities and purposes will be revealed.  The previous storyline characters are present as are the gods and goddesses who continue to make the Amazon’s lives miserable.  And the continued animosity between the four Amazon’s goddesses makes for some rather interesting insight into what feels like basic sibling rivalry –all in the name of power and control. This is a story of betrayal and trust; heartbreak and sorrow; family loss and reunion. Sandy James has written a wonderful conclusion to her Alliance of the Amazon series-a series with strong female leads who are empowered by the men and women in their lives.  I am looking forward to what (I hope) is a spin off series focusing on the Sons of Gaia.  
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sarita Neeraj is the Water Amazon. She's viewed as the weakest of the bunch since she's more of a lover than a fighter. Don't get me wrong though, she can kick some serious booty if necessary. Her main power that I've seen in the previous books in the series was her ability to heal her "sisters", the other Amazons. This time around, Sarita is feeling left out of her group, due to the fact that the other Amazons have found their mates and are all married. After Sarita completes a mission, she is abducted and whisked off to a castle. Her captor is a sexy Scottish man named Ian. I could tell from the first second Ian was introduced that he and Sarita would have a complicated relationship. There were quite a few things they had to work through before anything could really happen. Even though there was a lot going on in the book, the story flowed quite nicely. A few of the things that happened were Ian's kidnapping Sarita, a case of mistaken identity, a secret past and even an epic battle. The Volatile Amazon is the last book in the Alliance of the Amazons series. I didn't think it was possible, but I think this is my favorite book in this series. I loved each book, but this one wrapped up the story quite nicely without feeling rushed. I'm really sad that the series is over, I've enjoyed reading the Amazon's stories and will be checking out Sandy's other books in the very near future. If you're a fan of Urban Fantasy with a bit of romance, I strongly recommend you read this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a fantastic ending to such an exciting series!!
Bev_1955 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the rest of the series, but the author didn't seem to have put much effort into this one.