What if you knew you had just met the other part of your soul—the one who could take away all the pain and loneliness—but no one believes you because the rugged stranger from the woods is nowhere to be found? Would you search for him? Would you be strong enough to believe he exist somewhere out in the darkness where he found you? And if you were to finally find the stranger from the woods and learn he is like no other tale that has ever been told… would you still have the courage to love him?
Rose has no time for romance because her father has passed away from an illness plaguing her small town, and now her mother has also contracted the illness, leaving Rose’s two younger siblings to be her responsibility. But when her best friend forces her to be young for a night and celebrate her twentieth birthday with a bonfire and friends, Rose meets a stranger from the woods, and Rose soon learns he is no stranger at all. In fact, this magical being is trying to keep her… alive.
Two bloods of one will bring down the shadows, to cast, no more…
Then she speaks words I wish I could say in return. “I love you.”
The story was narrated by both Rose and Ryder. I didn’t get confused by the flow of the story as it was clearly stated whose POV was it. The story was fast-paced, and a lot of adventures happened in every chapter. At first, I have struggled to remember the terms used by the characters. Sometimes, I stopped reading it, and when I continue, I get confused again with the terms used, but maybe it was just me who was not good at memorizing. As you keep reading it, you’ll eventually get used to it too. This story was quite long, and that just means it has a lot of adventures to tell. I know that even if it was a long read, readers like me would enjoy this new and timely paranormal romance series. Also, I just want to express how I love the cover of this book. It looks so fresh and very charismatic!
On the characters… the leading lady was named Rose. Her life was never easy. Losing a father, a sick mother, and even standing as a parent for her two younger siblings was all she has done for quite some time, and she was forced to act mature for her family. Although she has been experiencing it, she still survives every day and stays strong through the help of Gunner.
Next is Gunner, Rose’s best friend, who sort of act as Rose’s lover. He was really a good guy. He took care of Rose, and he was always by her side through thick and thin. Sometimes, we will just want someone like Gunner with us.
And of course, the stranger in the woods, Ryder. He was a warrior who needed to guard Rose and protect her from the Blood Demons. He was madly in love with Rose that he can’t even understand why he felt that way to her.
This book has lots to offer. It discusses love but not just plain love. Love, friendship, passion – in a fantasy series that all was well-blended to make this novel. And it has a lot of lines or quotes that you surely want to copy and post on your social media.
Everyone who loves prophecies, soulmates, love triangles, hot guardians or even just for those adventurous readers out there who just want to try reading genres like this and are searching for a new cool series will surely like this novel. I am recommending this book!
Disclaimer: I received a reader copy from the author.
Publisher: India’s Productions
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Series: A Stranger in the Woods, 01
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India R Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels such as Blue Waters (A Tainted Waters Novella), My Wolf and Me, Steal Me (A Haunted Roads Novel), Rain (A Stranger in the Woods Novel), Serenity (A Forever Series Novel) and also The Forever Series music.
India was born and raised in Florida but has also been so lucky as to live in Idaho (where she froze but fell in love with the small town life), Austin Texas (where she started her first book, Serenity, and met wonderful artist), and now Murphy, North Carolina (where the mountains have stolen a piece of her heart).
Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”
Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations. Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.