Good science fiction/fantasy romances aren’t easy to come by, in my opinion. It’s rare that I read one that I can’t put down. Either the characters don’t feel real, or the futuristic setting isn’t quite what it should be, or a whole host of other reasons, depending on the book.
With Andromeda’s Fall, by Abigail Owen, I did not want to set down the book to go about my normal day’s work. I wanted to keep reading
It was interesting for the simple fact that – while we’re all accustomed to werewolves and shape-shifters that way – she takes it beyond that, to having people shift into bears, mountain lions, coyotes, etc. I enjoyed that aspect of the story.
Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:
Mountain lion shifters have allied into ten groups called Dares which together form the Shadowcat Nation. A rocky alliance at best, its success is vital to their survival against other species of shifters who threaten their very existence.
Andie Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own dare, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will try to force their Mating, seeking the added power their union would provide.
Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won’t live long either way. Andie’s only hope of survival is to Mate the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha’s Protectors. The incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.
Andie is running out of options and out of time. But risking the life of someone she loves – just to save herself – goes against every instinct she has.
This book is set in our current world, with the small twist of having shape-shifters in it. It pulls from American Indian folklore, I believe, with the ideas for the shape-shifters (or at least that’s what the book hinted at.
I guessed a lot of the “surprises” right away, but other than that, I really liked the characters, their chemistry, and the world the characters lived in. The history of everything and world building were pretty good. I’d have liked to learn more about the history, actually, but I suppose that’s something left to other books. I even enjoyed the whole “love at first sight” kind of thing, even though normally I tend to scoff at that plot device.
A note for future readers: it is a romance, but there isn’t any sex scenes, really, in it. There’s preludes, some sexual innuendo, but it’s not what my husband likes to refer to as a “smut novel.” It is very tasteful, so I think it would be enjoyed by teenagers as well as adults.
I was very pleased with this book, and would recommend it to anyone else looking for a good romance novel that isn’t too hard to read and has a fantasy-twist to it.
Note: I was given this book for free as part of a book tour, in exchange for an honest review.