A golden-haired beauty with a tiger totem, Raene Randal is powerless to stop the dissolution of her life. Her uncle and best friend, Kaide, is sending her away for good. While Raene knows his actions are fueled by the sudden and unexplained loss of his bride, Blossom, that doesn’t change the fact that her future is certain. As the niece of a Pyro politician, it’s Raene’s duty to cross the realm and fulfill her marriage arrangements with an Alderwood Bear Clan.
The rest of her life is mapped out, but Raene has one choice left: to choose a husband from the sons of the Bear Clan’s leader—too bad she’s not interested in any of them. She knows her duty, but so far from her home and everyone she knows, Raene finds keeping her promises harder than she ever thought.
On the far side of the realm, Blossom knows nothing of Kaide’s implosion or Raene’s departure. She’s trapped in the Aero city at the whim of Syndicate Mercer. As much as she tries to adapt to her aerial totem and her new role within the Aero branch, Blossom knows it’s only a matter of time before she sees Kaide again, but this time, she’ll be his enemy.
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Raene and the Three Bears
by R.S. McCoy
The Alder Tales #2
November 29, 2016
Raene and the Three Bears is book two in The Alder Tales, stories set in a post-war future where mankind has branched off into groups closely related to their animal totems. Eighteen-year-old Raene’s life has just been uprooted. Not only has her new friend disappeared, but her beloved uncle has effectively banished her to the Alderwood to marry one of Blossom’s three bear-totem brothers.
As usual, I’m blown away. I guessed the outcome early on, but then second and third guessed it. The brothers don’t make Raene’s decision easy, and even in the last moment, I wasn’t entirely sure who she would pick. The relationship building in this love triangle is some of the best I’ve seen in a book. There were good and bad things with both suiters. Anyway, I loved it.
I was also glad that Blossom doesn’t just fade into the background. I was invested in her story in Blossom and the Beast and really hoped this book would reveal what happens to her. It does, and it’s gritty. I have no idea how she and Kaide are going to make it work, but I’m totally looking forward to the next book to find out if they do (ok, actually, I prefer to think ‘how’ over ‘if’).
Beyond that, I think I saw a glimmer of foreshadowing. Not certain, but there seems to be someone who just may be the heroine of the next story. I’m not going to say whom. Anyway, it’s piqued my curiosity.
Although the description mentions this is a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I’d say that it stops at the hair and bear totems and is truly its own, original story.
Overall, I loved this story. It’s a rather clean read, but a very emotionally gripping and engaging romance.
The review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About R.S. McCoy
RS McCoy didn’t ever plan on being a writer. With a career teaching high school science, writing is the last thing she expected. But life never goes the way you think it will. While battling cancer, she picked up her laptop and let the words flow out. One year later, her first published fantasy novel will be released on Amazon soon and her second novel is in the works. She is a wife, mother of one with another on the way, a scientist, baker, gardener, and life-long science fiction and fantasy addict.