Book 1 of the Mountain Shifters series
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
When Earth has been taken over by alien cat shifters, finding refuge with their prey might not be the safest idea.
For Cole, life used to be simple. He was a military man and knew where he stood in the world. But that was all before the first of the cats came. Now, years later, all but the strongest of the human race have been killed off by the aliens, and those that are left are their slaves. Day and night, Cole is forced to help destroy the human world and return his planet to the way it was before the humans took over.
He’s able to escape, just barely, but an accident leaves him injured and at the mercy of people he can’t be sure are there to help him. There’s a man there that catches his interest, but finding time for a relationship when the world is going to hell around him isn’t exactly going to happen. These people offer him safety and hope, but Cole isn’t sure who he can trust anymore, and love might just be the most dangerous risk of all.
Well… that was… different. I enjoyed the idea of the world, although the prologue doesn’t really explain things well. It took a while to settle into the story and understand what all was going on, but I liked the story for the most part.
Cole’s character didn’t quite fit for the first bit. His actions didn’t match his experience and then it felt like his personality changed and I liked him better. I really liked Julian, but the deer with fangs that occasionally hunted rabbits kind of threw me. Because they are aliens, it was easier to accept the differing nature of the shifter deer versus our native deer.
What was harder to look past was the editing and spelling mistakes that were frequent enough to take me out of the story. That and the lack of lube: they only used lubrication, other than a tongue swipe, once. Ouch!
This does end with a “to be continued” so I hope that some of the confusion over the world building is explained in the next book. However, as my rating indicates, I still liked this book despite its flaws and will definitely look for the next in the series. There were glimmers of greatness that drew me and I hope to see more in future books.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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