Author: India R. Adams
Publisher: India’s Productions
Publication Date: February 9, 2018
Page Count: 460
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
He wipes blood from his mouth with his bare arms. “I need you to hold still so I don’t feel the need to chase and conquer. Do you understand?”
I feel his breath on my skin. “My chances if I run?”
I had wondered if I would be strong enough to love Ryder, my stranger from the woods. I learned that I was—still am. But now Ryder, Gunner and I have a young together, Rain, the Princess go the Guardian Warriors. And a very powerful being, King of the Shadow Clones, wants her dead. The only time I ever saw King was in the dream where forced a kiss on me, sending me into labor. Yes, I learned I was strong enough to love Ryder, but with a new stranger in the woods, will he be strong enough to love me?
River by India R. Adams is the second book in the A Stranger in the Woods series. The series is a new adult fantasy infused with romance. In the first book of the series readers were introduced to the main character Rose who was about to turn twenty in a time in which there was a disease plaguing the adults.
Right before Rose’s birthday Ryder was sent to watch over Rose and protect her. Rose shouldn’t have been able to sense Ryder and his fellow warriors but she did and when the two met the sparks flew between them as their bond formed.
Rose and Ryder’s story has now picked up again in River right where it had left off at the end of the first book. Rose finds herself the only human among the elves and a new mother. Being part of a prophecy has left Rose in constant danger with Ryder and the warriors vowing to protect her and her child.
Being familiar with all of India’s books I knew what to expect going into this novel before even picking it up. She has always had a way with bringing her characters to life and giving a very vivid and detailed story. River is no exception to that at all picking up with the characters and continuing their story.
My only downside with this installment was it seemed to get off to a slower start than the previous. Still an otherwise great addition to this series and it will certainly be interesting to see if all can be resolved in the next book. I should warn though to new readers it’s definitely best to start at the beginning with this fantasy series. There was also a lover triangle involved to warn those that do not enjoy those although it was worked out fairly early on.
I received an advance copy from the author, many thanks to India R. Adams for allowing me to read early.
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Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. Her fictional stories have shadows of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”
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