Title: Shifter Planet
Author: D.B. Reynolds
Publisher: Entangled, Oct. 26, 2015(E-Book pre-order available)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Specialist Amanda Sumner is one of the first to make contact on the Earth-like planet Harp and discovers she’s the only Earthling, who can hear the trees sing in the strange forest. Determined to remain and learn more of the planet’s secrets, Amanda sets out to become part of the elite Guild there…
But there is a secret involving some Guild members-one that could get her killed.
Shifter Rhodry de Mendoza wants the Earthlings off his planet before they destroy it–even if that means denying what he feels for the fierce and lovely Amanda. The pair is thrown together in what becomes a fight for their lives. And they might just lose everything-including each other-in their battle for the right to live in peace.
D.B. Reynolds leaves her vampires to Earth to develop a whole new world that is out of this world. On the isolated planet, Harp, there is a colony of Earthling descendants from a space ship that crashed some 500 years ago. The year is now 4668, and a new ship of human Earthlings has arrived on Harp. But the current population of Harp is not very welcoming. They don’t wish to have their secrets discovered.
This is very much an action/adventure story with a slow building romance between Rhodry and Amanda. He is reluctant to follow his attraction because he is a wild cat shifter and Amanda is a human. She is attracted also but steps back because of his seeming disinterest. That is until circumstances force them into a life or death situation. Amanda is certainly a kick-ass heroine. She spends much of the book proving that she can play with the big-boys and best them. Although Rhodry is a strong Alpha male he does sometimes look a bit wimpy next to some of Amanda’s exploits. When they finally confess to their attraction and act on it we are treated to some super steamy intimate scenes. The side characters are well developed and perhaps we will see them in future books. There is Fionn, the crown prince, who is charming and sexy and even if a bit narcissistic he would make for a terrific future hero. There is also the Guild with interesting shifters who are not all that interested in having a human join them.
I am an avid fan of Ms. Reynold’s vampires and I am enjoying this foray into the SyFy romance realm of shifters in outer space. She gives us a new world that is not so much different from our own but with some very big differences thrown in. She does not disappoint in the action and suspense areas nor in the hot and steamy love scenes. She does both with a polished touch.
If you like strong heroines, hunky alpha heroes and breathless adventure and romance then this is your next great read.