I'm the last of the Andreyev tigers. My species is extinct, except for me. Tigers used to be considered royalty. Atlanta is cold and dark now, and no safe haven remains in the once vibrant city. The devastating solar storms a hundred years ago saw to that. There is no prey and no chance for a mate in this poisoned world. Hunger and attrition have no respect for the shifter hierarchy, though. I am empress of a dying empire
Aliens from a place called Ximera offer safe haven for humans. They want mates, too, and they offer fresh air and green space. It's very tempting, and my tiger is hungry. My misgivings are put to rest when I go to the Exodus Authority and see the face of my mate. He is arresting. Not human, but his otherness is enticing. Even through a vid screen his fathomless brown eyes bore into my soul, and I want him. He is mine. And I don't give a rat's ass about who I have to eat to get him.
Shifter's Mates. Book 1, by Raisa Greywood
Bit by bit, Earth’s dying. The solar storms came a century ago, destroying everything. There’s little food, water, or air left. Renata, the last of the Andreyev tigers, knows time’s running out. When the Ximerans appear, offering safe haven, it seems too easy. What does anyone really know about Ximera? Are the Ximerans just luring them with false hope? As Renata decides to go to the Exodus Authority for testing, the shock of her life awaits. Can she have actually found her mate? Commander Rakon appears to be everything she could want. But is anything ever that easy? Unknown forces have taken aim directly at Renata and Rakon. Why? When Rakon’s sent on a mystery mission against pirates, Renata disappears into the ether. As Rakon wars with himself over his duty and the need to find his mate, he knows one thing. Renata’s his. He has to find her. But Renata harbors secrets of her own. She’s far more than anyone knows. But is even she strong enough? As the maze around these two unravels, three questions remain. Who wants Renata so much? And can Rakon save her in time…or will she be lost forever?
This book, these shifters? They’re unlike anything I’ve ever encountered before. A dystopian Earth, aliens, and shifters combine to form one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read. Renata is absolutely gorgeous in both her forms. She’s far more than a Siberian tiger shifter dying on Earth. Her bravery and ferocity are inspirational. The courage it takes for her to leave everything behind for a new world is amazing. No one and nothing holds her back. Rakon is just as impressive. Neither human nor shifter, he knows without doubt Renata’s his. He’s not just strong and handsome. He’s so smart, intuitive, and clever that nothing escapes him for long. The connection between these two is extraordinary. As if you couldn’t tell, I loved this book. Raisa Greywood has an uncanny ability to draw word pictures that make you see everything in crystal clarity in your mind’s eye. The absolute desolation of Earth, Renata’s beauty, sensuality, and fearlessness, Rakon’s dominant masculinity, strength, and unrelenting command, the raw terror facing both, Ximera, its plots, schemes and natural beauty—I believed I was there! I started this book late one evening and literally stayed up all night to finish it. That’s just how captivating it is. Raisa Greywood’s created one of the most unique and fascinating shifter/sci-fi books I’ve ever read. Congratulations, Ms. Greywood. This book deserves far more than five stars!
A final note. This is an ADULT book. It contains explicit language and sexual scenes. If you don't enjoy this genre, this may not be the book for you. There are book synopses and reviews available on Goodreads and all booksellers' websites. Please use these resources. I urge you to leave a review, but with a proviso. Please don’t leave a negative review when you know you won’t enjoy the book. It's not fair to the author. She works hard to provide a quality work product. If you know you'll object to a book's subject matter before you buy it, you're doing yourself and the author an extreme disservice.
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