Unleashed (Amoveo Legend Series #1)

Unleashed (Amoveo Legend Series #1)

by Sara Humphreys

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ISBN-13: 9781402258435
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Amoveo Legend Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 686,353
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sara Taney Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and teacher, Sara lives in New York with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys.

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Chapter 1
"Samantha," he whispered in his dark silky voice. Sam's skin tingled deliciously with just one word from him. A smile played at her lips as she waited for him to call her again. Her silent prayer was answered as he murmured her name. "Samantha." That same delightful rush washed over her like the warm waves that rippled by her feet. She stretched languidly on the sandy beach, and her eyes fluttered open. She was home.
She sat up and glanced at the familiar seashore of her childhood home. Sam knew it was only a dream. It had become a familiar one. The ocean glowed with unnatural shades of blue as if it was lit from beneath. The sky swirled with clouds of lilac and lavender. She stood up and relished the way the soft, pebble-free sand felt on her bare feet. A gentle breeze blew Sam's golden hair off her naked shoulders, and her long white nightgown fluttered lightly over her legs.
She closed her eyes and breathed in the salty air. He was near. She could feel it. Her blood hummed, and the air around her thickened. She'd come so close to seeing him many times, but she always woke up just before she found him.
Not this time.
This time she would stay on the beach and call him to her. It was her dream after all, and she was getting tired of coming up empty-handed. Eyes closed, she tilted her face to the watercolor sky and waited. Her heartbeat thundered in her ears in perfect time with the pounding waves.
"Samantha," he whispered into her ear. She stilled, and her mouth went dry. He was standing right behind her. How the hell did he get there? Where did he come from? Why couldn't he stand right in front of her where she could actually see him? This was supposed to be her dream, her fantasy. Jeez. Can you say intimacy issues?
Sam jumped slightly and sucked in a sharp breath as large hands gently cupped her shoulders. She should open her eyes. She wanted to open her eyes, but the onslaught of sensations to her body and mind had her on overload. Samantha shuddered as he brushed his fingers lightly down her arms leaving bright trails of fire in their wake. He tangled his fingers in hers and pulled her back gently. Sam swallowed hard as his long muscular body pressed up against hers. He was tall, really tall. She sighed. If he looked half as good as he felt, she was in big trouble.
"It would seem that you've finally found me," he murmured into her ear.
Sam nodded, unable to find her voice amid the rush of his. She licked her dry lips and mustered up some courage. It was a dream after all. Nothing to be afraid of. She could always wake up. But that's what she was afraid of.
"Why don't you ever let me see you?" she said in a much huskier tone than she'd intended. She pressed her body harder against his and relished the way his fingers felt entwined with hers.
He nuzzled her hair away from her neck and placed a warm kiss on the edge of her ear. "Come home," he 3whispered. His tantalizing voice washed over her and he seemed to surround her completely. Body. Mind. Soul. Every single inch of her lit up like the Fourth of July.
"Please," she said in a rush of air. Sam wrapped his arms around her waist and relished the feel of him. It was like being cradled in cashmere covered steel. Leaning into him, she rubbed her head gently against his arm. He moaned softly and held her tighter. The muscles in his chest rippled behind her, and his bicep flexed deliciously against her cheek. "I need to see you."
Eyes still closed, she turned in his arms as he said softly "Samantha."

Sam tumbled out of bed and landed on the floor with a thud. Breathing heavily and lying amid her tangled bedclothes, Sam stared at the bland white ceiling of her soon-to-be former apartment.
"Talk about a buzz kill," she said to the empty room. "Typical. I can't even get good sex in my dreams." She puffed the hair from her face and pushed herself up to a sitting position. Sam grabbed her cell phone off the nightstand and swore softly when she saw the time. She was going to be late. Crap.

The steamy August air swamped Samantha the moment she stepped foot onto the cracked New York City sidewalk. On any other day the stifling summer streets of Manhattan would drive her crazy-but not today. Sam smiled. Today was her last day of work. No more horrid tourists with even more horrid tipping skills. No

more nights spent fending off her married and truly unfortunate looking boss. No more waitressing at T.G.I. Friday's in Times Square. Thank God!
Sam let out a large sigh, a mixture of exhaustion and relief, and slipped her aviators on with a cursory glance up to the towering buildings. She squirmed slightly as sweat began to bead on her brow and trickle down her back. Adjusting the heavy backpack, she wove her way through the pedestrian-riddled city and nestled the small iPhone ear buds snuggly into her ears. She hit shuffle on the slim iPod. A familiar tune filled her head; she couldn't help but walk to the beat as she wove her way through the minefield of tourists. Samantha mumbled the occasional "pardon me, excuse me" as she navigated the slow-moving gawkers in Times Square. Why did they feel the need to stop and look at every skyscraper? This was another part of living and working in New York City she definitely would not miss.
Sam trotted down the steps into the subway station and pushed her sunglasses up onto her sweaty head. She swiped her card in the turnstile and slid through the narrow gateway toward the platform. Stealing cursory glances at the various subway-goers, her attention was captured by a young woman who was clearly fresh out of college. She reminded her of herself-about ten years ago. Sam smiled and shook her head as the train screeched its way up to the platform. The hot air blast that accompanied it actually provided momentary relief from her sweaty state. She pushed her way into the crowded train with the rest of the subway rats, and her gaze wandered back to the young co-ed. She sat almost expectantly on the seat across from her, as if her lifelong dream may come leaping to life right in front of her at any moment.
Sam vaguely remembered that feeling. She had moved to the city right after college graduation. The moment she had that BFA in hand she packed it all up and moved to the Big Apple. As a young artist with age-old dreams, the city seemed the only logical place to go. It held the promise of excitement and glamour, a far cry from the sleepy seaside town she grew up in. Clearly promises were made to be broken. The young girl glanced up and caught Sam's eye. She delivered a quick, shy smile before looking away. Sam couldn't blame her. No woman in her right mind would maintain eye contact with a total stranger on a city subway.
The train shuddered to a stop in Grand Central Station, and Sam made a speedy escape into the muggy, bustling crowd as she switched trains for SoHo. She had one more loose end to tie up before she could officially leave NYC.
Gunther's Gallery.

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"I cannot stress enough about how beautifully this story has been written... Sara Humphreys invites you into a strange and wonderful new world of shape shifters." - Bitten by Love Reviews

"I recommend this book to all shifter lovers and paranormal romance addicts. You will definitely enjoy this new shapeshifting world. " - Book Lovin' Mamas

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Unleashed 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a surprise this was i really enjoyed this one have to say i was getting bored and this one has a new edge. Read this in one day awsome a must read for people like me who read everyday
Janaya Davis More than 1 year ago
I could not put the book down. The leading characters were sexy and hot. A very interesting take on shapeshifters. I will definitely add this series to my list which includes BDB, Anita, and Sookie. If you like those series, you will like this one too. Thank you Sarah for visualizing this world and bringing it alive for us on the pages. Looking forward to Untouched.
KimMeyer More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books of all time! Unleashed is Amazing! Highly recommended!
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The characters within this story will be running through my mind indefinitely. Unleashed is the type of story you think about months and even years later and decide you must read it again. Amoveo's are like shape shifters but much more. With the paranormal romance industry booming, it can be difficult to find a story that distinguishes itself from the thousands of others, but this story has done so. I tried to think of other stories to compare it to, and I could not think of one. This attribute alone would have been enough to keep me interested, but that was not the only thing that kept the pages turning. Samantha is unique -- the first human amoveo hybrid -- and that can't be easy. There is something to be said about her composure when so much is thrown at her. Her life is turned upside down when she decided to move back home, but then she finds about a secret race and that she is part of it, yet she still never looses who she truly is. That is one tough woman that anyone might feel threatened by. The subtle strength that she demonstrates throughout this story is what really makes her remarkable. Malcolm is everything you want in a hero of a paranormal romance story. He has brute strength, is drop dead gorgeous, a little arrogant, and has a huge heart. I had to check to see if I was drooling a few times because he was just perfect in all ways that matter. The conflict was another fascinating aspect of this story. It created mystery and excitement. I keep trying to pinpoint who exactly was targeting Malcom and Samantha, but every time I tried to figure it out, I came up with more questions than answers, which I loved. Up until the very end the author kept me on high alert while trying to figure out who the antagonist could be. With all the buildup I was expecting an extremely climatic ending, and that is exactly what I got. Unleashed earned its Best Book rating in spades because I can't wait to reread it and am dying for the sequel. The characters haunted my dreams and I thought about this book constantly. I am recommending this story to everyone I know. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Raonaid More than 1 year ago
New to me author and I got the privilege to read the ARC. The beginning starts out slow but this is to be expected for the first book in any series. Sara does a complete and wonderful job of setting up the background of The Amoveo. Then the story gains it's momentum, drawing you in to read more about Malcolm and Samantha. This book is for anyone who loves animal shape-shifter stories. The history of The Amoveo is important, so do not try to skip or skim those parts. Else you would not get a clear and deep understanding of the characters. Malcolm - In the beginning I was struck by how different he was from the other Heros I read about. Clueless how to interact with Samantha's human side, I like the fact that he was patient with Sam. The way he approached the matter in the beginning of their relationship, the mindset, that though he was impatient and wanted his mate, HER feelings and opinions mattered. This endeared me to the hero BIG time. It was found to see such an arrogant man flounder in our social customs. Sam - Her character I did connect with. She was easy to like. I gave her kudos for how she handled her past relationship before Malcolm. Here we have a heroine that has some self doubts about her appearance. This made her human to me, able to connect. Will I read more in the Amoveo series? Oh yes! Unleash whetted my interest and I'm anticipating the next book. ( Really stink at reviews(
ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
Sara Humphreys Unleashed The Amoveo Legend #1 This book is breath taking from start to finish. Incredibly well written, with strong character development, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The relationship between Samantha and Malcolm builds at a believable level, and you’ll soon feel connections to not only them but the other characters in the story.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Breathless paranormal romance I saw Sara Humphrey' s Amoveo Legend series on a blog and got hooked by the covers of her books and the excerpts that I read. I just love her SHAPE SHIFTERS. First, I read UNDENIED, a short novella, to give me a glimpse and discovered a fast-paced paranormal romance like I love them. Now, I just finished her first book UNLEASHED and discovered a "new-to-me" author that I really love because of her style of writing and the world she created for her Amoveo legend. I could not put it down! Beautiful sexual chemistry between Malcolm and Samantha. I love paranormal when they include shifters and this series has so many amazing ones. I truly recommend Sara Humphreys's books! She is a great writer and her books kept my interest throughout the book. To be added to your TBR list. Next, I need to read her next books UNTOUCHED, UNTAMED and finally UNDONE which will be soon release in May 2013
Jen_Fusco More than 1 year ago
Humphreys dives into the paranormal world with zest and builds engaging characters and an exciting storyline. She is setting herself up for a can't-miss series. The story of Malcom and Samantha leaves the reader wanting to know more about the Amoveo world. A little repetitive at times and a it does start slow, but don't quit, or you'd miss out on a great read.
ahanson5145 More than 1 year ago
Unleashed is Phenomenal! Engaging! Addictive! Ms. Humphrey's talent for bringing characters to life and drawing you into their world with believable settings and enviable talents is unmatched. The depth of feelings the characters experience had me believing they could be real and left me wanting to experience more. I never wanted to put the book down and can not wait to pick the next one up!
DavinciKittie More than 1 year ago
This book is like a Darwinian chameleon... constantly evolving to keep the plot moving and the characters growing. Sometimes the flow of the story felt a little slow, as Ms. Humphreys thoroughly sculpted the world of the Amoveo shapeshifters, and other times it was a frantic, heart-pounding mad rush of action (more than one kind too, if you get my drift) and story progression. The slower parts were, for me, the sections set in Sam's little home town after she moves in with her grandmother. I think the reason these parts of the story didn't resonate with me was strictly personal and not necessarily a reflection of Ms. Humphreys' skill as a writer (I just don't like small towns - grew up in one and they bore me). That said, Malcom's initial personality did grate on me a little. I find it frustrating when authors, especially female authors, write men as "prissy". Not that Malcom was really prissy or feminine, he just used vocabulary and phrasing that felt less than "alpha", "powerful", "masculine" (yes, I know, not all men are "alpha" - that may be just another personal preference). Maybe that's just his personality (although I did notice it with all of the other Amoveo men except Dante and Steven, so maybe it's an age-propriety-stuffiness cultural thing?), but later in the book his character began to feel more organic and grounded. Like he'd finally found his voice. About halfway through is when things started to pick up for me, both with the pacing and the characterization. The mystery in Unleashed is well designed. I wasn't actively trying to figure it out, but I wasn't blindly ignoring clues either, and I didn't "get it" until the very end. I like it when a story surprises me (on multiple levels) and isn't formulaicly predictable. I especially enjoyed the characters of Nonnie, Sam's grandmother, and Tony, the Caedo baddie. Sam's friend Kerry was also a really great contribution to the cast; she had a vibrant personality and I especially liked that she's a plus-size model who is still considered beautiful despite her dress size. Once the story picks up momentum, the connection between Sam and Malcom is intense. Tender, passionate, protective, supportive... they are, to borrow from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Jacob, exactly right for each other. I like her personality, Sam. It reminds me a little of Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse, except heavier on the smarts and common sense and lighter on the country twang. Sam has country hospitality with determination, spunk, and a great sense of humor. The heat between Malcolm and Sam is steamy without feeling dirty- intense but not explicit. As I approached the end of the book and the action still hadn't wrapped up, with the number of remaining pages quickly dwindling, I worried it was going to be a serious cliff hanger, which really wouldn't have been fun. Instead, Ms. Humphreys wrapped it up wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am style, keeping it relevant, edgy, and a little bit shocking. Unleashed may have had some pacing issues in the first half, but the ending was most definitely a dynamic finish, leading right into the next book in the series. Continued... (truncated for length) Original full available on GraveTells: search for "Unleashed" *ARC provided by Urban Girl Reader. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions expressed are the honest opinion of the reviewer,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Well written. Sweet Romance and Interesting plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the author's writing style. Witty, just the right touch of sex, and a great story line. I have of course read all of her published Amoveo series. If you love books by Gena Showwalter you will love Ms. Humpherys books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing didnt flow easily but the story was good enough that I think I'll buy the second in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series, you won't be disappointed.
NelyCab More than 1 year ago
Samantha is a struggling artist in the Big Apple, waiting for her lucky break. When Sam's thirtieth birthday arrives, she is consumed by the dreams of a man telling her to return to her childhood home. As she settles back into her grandmother's beach house, Malcom, her mysterious neighbor, introduces himself, sparking Sam's flame and ultimately revealing to her the truth of his nature. Passion and mystery dwell within the pages of Sara Taney Humphrey's "Unleashed," magically leading the reader through the rousing and paradox world of The Amoveo Legend. The story that transpires will unleash the animal within you. -Nely Cab, Author of Creatura
nelycab on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Samantha is a struggling artist in the Big Apple, waiting for her lucky break. When Sam's thirtieth birthday arrives, she is consumed by the dreams of a man telling her to return to her childhood home. As she settles back into her grandmother's beach house, Malcom, her mysterious neighbor, introduces himself, sparking Sam's flame and ultimately revealing to her the truth of his nature. Passion and mystery dwell within the pages of Sara Taney Humphrey's "Unleashed," magically leading the reader through the rousing and paradox world of The Amoveo Legend. The story that transpires will unleash the animal within you. -Nely Cab, Author of Creatura
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Since starting my blog I have discovered so many authors and books that I know I would not have come across otherwise. Whether it is through publishers, fellow bloggers or just being online more, I have found new genres and books that I have come to love. My favorite among these is paranormal romance. This genre continues to surprise me with all the different facets and has consumed my bookshelf. While Unleashed is a paranormal romance, it is not the typical format I have come to expect from this genre. Most paranormal romance books have the same basic makeup. They have a paranormal element, the main focus is usually just one couple that switches in each book in the series, there is villain looming in the distance that runs constant throughout the series and the male protagonists is usually an alpha male type. The alpha males are typically rough around the edges and can be crass, but in Unleashed, Malcolm should be categorized as a gentleman. He is still very much a take charge kind of guy and does not take orders easily, but he is more refined. I actually don¿t think he cursed once in the book, which is not a negative; I am just so used to alphas being so domineering, it took me a little while to get used to Malcolm.The flip side to that is how incredibly patient and amazing Malcolm was with Samantha. In his culture, once you find your mate both parties accept the mating right away without issues. But Samantha has grown up thinking she was a human her entire life, so she does not accept the idea of having a mate easily. Poor Malcolm has been losing his powers and his mind looking for Samantha and if she rejects him, he will eventually die a slow painful death. Even with his life at stake, he never pushes her to choose him or live in his world. He goes slow with her, introducing her to his world a little chunk at a time and begins to gain her trust. I appreciated Sara showing us a different side to an alpha male and grew to love Malcolm and his compassion for Samantha. Their love does have a slow build to it, but their obvious passion for each other burned white hot.While I did enjoy a new take on shifters and learning about a new culture, I wished that Sara had given us a little more detail about how this species came to be and what life in their world is like. There were moments in the book where Malcolm talked to Samantha about their culture, but there was no dialogue, so we as the reader did not get to hear all the details. I love learning about new mythology and I really missed that in this book. This is the first book in this series though, so hopefully as it progresses we will get more insight into how this group of shifters lives and where and how they originated.There were a couple of pages in the book where we get into the mind of the villain briefly, which I always find interesting. I had a couple of ideas about who the bad guy was, but Sara did pull out a few of surprises towards the end. I obviously cannot reveal the identity of the villains, but I know this revelation will rock the Amoveo world and will have repercussions in future books.I have to mention Samantha¿s friend Kerry. We don¿t see her until later in the book, but I fell in love with her instantly. She has a sarcastic sense of humor and a realistic outlook on life that I appreciated. I am excited that she is going to be the focus for the next book along with, Dante who we get to see briefly when he is helping protect Samantha. I always like getting a preview of future couples so I have some idea of where the overall story is going to go next. It also helps us to get to know the characters better and how they fit into this world. I already love Kerry, so I am sure I will enjoy reading about how she gets involved in the Amoveo world in the future.Overall, I think this is a great start to a new interesting series. It was a good solid read, but I was not blown away by it. I wished we learned more about the mythology and had some of the characters developed
vampiregirl76 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Samantha has had enough of New York. Enough of not selling her art and enough of not finding Mr. Right, so she moves back home. She has definitely noticed some changes. Like her sexy neighbor Malcolm.Malcolm tells her of the shape-shifting Amoveo clans and it seems unbelievable to her. That they really exists and she is one of them. An Amoveo hasn't been attacked or killed since Sam's parents. But with her return she's in much danger. The enemy has their sights set on both her and Malcolm.I'm a sucker for true mate stories and this one sucked me right in. Unleashed is a story of dreams and shape-shifters. Both Samantha and Malcolm were great characters to read about. Their romance was sweet and passionate. An enthralling story. One of the things I enjoyed was that the author didn't just stick with one animal. The Amoveo Clans shape-shifters are all different kinds of animals. Sure keeps things interesting. Ms. Humpreys has created a fantastic world, a unique one too. Her world will leave you wanting more.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start to a series i was curious if i would even like. It seemed a bit far fetched for me at the start but then i quickly got hooked and couldnt put it down. Im hoping the next book is just as addicting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a awesome plot, Sam & Malcolm are a bit innocent in their way of processing what is going on around them...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every sine I finished the last shapeshifter series I had read I have been looking for a series to fall in love with again I have found this series hasa lot of twist and turns and really gets you sucked inbut it has its funny momets
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loverofromance More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading this author. When I saw Unleashed on Audible, I had to pick it up. I have been wanting to read this series for quite some time now. Unleashed is the first installment in the "Amoveo Legend" series. The series is based on a group of paranormal beings, who can shift into a variety of ten different animal forms. I really like that basic for a shifter romance, instead of just one group of the same animal form. This author definitely turns paranormal up a notch. The story begins with Samantha getting reading the leave the big city "New York" and head back to her grandmothers on the coast in a quaint little town, where she grew up. Samantha is a artist, but her luck hasn't been the greatest in the big city. There is a undeniable urge to return to her roots. Samantha never knew her parents and were raised by her grandparents. After she returns home, she meets a breathtaking gorgeous man who for some odd reason, desires her. Samantha, having bad luck with men, just wants to take things slow. But her feelings for Malcolm, are stronger than she has ever experienced. Malcolm has known that Samantha is his mate, and can't wait to complete the bond. But he also knows that their enemy, is hunting her, and he must protect her at all cost. With their race dying, they need to replenish their numbers. Samantha is living proof that the Amoveo can mate with humans, as she is half Amoveo (a wolf), and human. As the danger draws near, only the powerful bond that exists between Malcolm and Samantha will be enough to save their lives. Unleashed was a powerfully written paranormal romance that swept me away completely. I can't express how much I adored this book. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started listening to this audio book, but I have to say it was way too short to satisfy me. Unleashed only lasted 8 hours, and the time went by way too quickly as I read it. I really loved the way the book turned out. I will warn you it will shock you in the end who is actually behind everything, I know I almost passed out while walking in the snow listening to this. The story begins with hearing a bit of background on Samantha, who has no clue that she is half Amoveo and can turn into a wolf. The moment her mate Malcolm reaches out to her, in dreams at first, is when she first starts noticing small signs that something is different. The first meeting between Malcolm and Samantha is classic, sweet and a bit funny and loved every moment of it. The chemistry between this couple is instantaneous, even though Samantha denies what she feels for Malcolm in the beginning. Then Malcolm does the impossible and takes his mate out on a date. For his kind you just claim your mate and live together right? Well Malcolm is going to have to be more delicate with Samantha and actually court her. Malcolm does quite a tremendable job in courting Samantha, and their relationship escalates pretty quickly. This story is probably covered in less than a week, so them falling in love happens quickly but the story never feels rushed, or too slow, it feels just RIGHT!! The Characters in this story were fantastic and I loved every aspect that they presented. The Main characters Malcolm and Samantha, were so much fun to get to know. There was such a sense of drama at times, but I felt that only added more flair to the story. Malcolm is your typical alpha male, domineering at times, super over protective, and sensual. Samantha was a very unique heroine. I grew to love her pretty quickly, although I think she was over the top when she finds out that she and Malcolm are mates and goes into serious denial. But once she accepts everything, I found her likable and endearing. The side characters were fascinating and I loved how interactive their parts played in the story. The Grandmothers was fun and witty and who couldn't love her? The friends of Malcolm were delicious and I can hardly wait to read their stories. Unleashed is a sensational paranormal romance. A story filled with tender loving, intense danger and mystery, and some serious paranormal kick that is bound to keep you on the edge!! MAGNIFICENT!!! Worth every penny!! Favorite Quote