Monday, June 15, 2015

Review of Captured (Warriors of Hir #1) by Willow Danes

Jenna McNally is tending to the heartrending task of clearing out her grandfather’s cabin when she’s knocked off her feet by the impact of a nearby plane crash. She races into the snowy North Carolina woods to help and discovers that this is no plane that’s crashed. 

Ra’kur’s people have been brought to the brink of extinction by war. After years spent searching for a compatible mate to bond with, an enemy attack lands him on a backward, primitive planet and right to the very female he has been seeking. And a Hir warrior’s first task in claiming a mate is to capture her . . .

Overall Rating:  4.25 Rockin’ ★★★★
Searching the universe for the answer to his race's survival, Ra'kur finds it in the most unlikely place, the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.  Captured is the first book in the Warriors of Hir series by author, Willow Danes.  This science fiction romance is full of page turning moments that will keep you enthralled. As you read, you will become aware of how well written this beautifully scripted novel truly is.  When I began reading this amazing book, I was unsure what I would find.  Several hours later after succumbing to my self-induced book coma, I decided I had found a talented and gifted author.  Ms. Danes' fantasy world is different from the many I have read over the years and is refreshingly new and vibrant.

Ra'kur is a warrior alien that stumbles upon his lifemate when he crashes on Earth.  Jenna McNally has returned to her grandfather's cabin to pack up and sell the property after his passing.  This sassy mouthed beauty is mourning when she meets Ra'kur. She feels like she has stumbled down the rabbit hole and her life will never be the same.  Frightened by the giant alien, she tries to escape, only to not succeed.  With the language barrier between them, food becomes the universal language and their bond begins to form.  As her fear ebbs, she yearns to know more about Ra'kur and his life.

The chemistry between the couple is instant and the pace of the story is steady.  You are enveloped in the suffering, angst and hopelessness that the people of the Hir have come to know.  Even with all of that, you also are given a perspective of the beauty of Ra’kur’s world and the various differences in culture between our hero and heroine.  I'm beyond excited about finding this new author and really encourage you to delve into the world she has created in this new sci-fi series.

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