About the Book:
Title: Ancient Sentinel
Author: Katie Reus
Series: Ancients Rising #7
Publication Date: Jan. 24, 2023
Synopsis: He never expected her…
Jaguar shifter Ren never expected to fall for anyone again—not after the last woman he opened his heart to tried to cut it out. Literally. But the moment he met Grace, he fell fast and hard for the sweet human. Except she’s made it clear she’s only looking for friendship, and he wants it all.
Grace officially has a crush on her friend—a quiet jaguar shifter with kind eyes and deadly skills. But he hasn’t given any indication he wants more than friendship. So she vows to move on—until they’re given an assignment by their Alpha. When they’re stuck together under the same roof, sharing one bed, it becomes impossible to hide her attraction.
When danger comes for them, they’ll be forced to decide whether their bond is worth risking everything.
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I love the Ancients Rising series, and I was so excited to read this novella, which follows Ren and Grace, characters we met in previous books in the series. Ren and Grace are so great together! They’re both crushing on each other, but they’re hesitant to reveal how they feel. The novella begins as they’re both finally ready to reveal their feelings and take the next step in their relationship.
Ren, a jaguar shifter, is a great MMC. He’s so patient and laid-back, and he has an optimistic and charismatic charm. Ren thinks Grace has sworn off men, and he is happy being her friend until she’s ready for more. Even though he knows she is his mate, Ren doesn’t pressure or push. Unfortunately, Grace takes his patience as a lack of interest, which causes some confusion and insecurity. Even once their relationship starts to change, Ren is very comfortable with going at her pace. He is a good man, and he uses the road trip and time away with Grace to show her how much he loves her. And his relationship with Grace’s grandmother is so sweet!
Grace’s relationships with her sisters, grandmother, and new brother-in-law are also lovely. They have such a strong bond, which we saw earlier in the series, and it’s great to see their growing and loving family do so well. And it’s always wonderful to see how characters from previous books are doing. We get to see quite of few in this one, and I was so happy that my favorites made an appearance!
There are a couple of things I love about this series, and Ancient Sentinel has both – fantastic worldbuilding and THE CUTEST DRAGONS. I just love the sweet and playful baby dragon! And the worldbuilding is so vivid and immersive. Much of the story takes place in and around New Orleans, and the descriptions of this new supernatural-led world are so interesting. I like how the books explore different places and parts of this post-supernatural world as the characters work to rebuild and recreate their society.
I enjoyed this novella. It’s a quick and cute, low-angst addition to the series. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.
- The romance!
- The baby dragons!
- The worldbuilding.
I would recommend the book to readers who like:
- friends to lovers
- low angst