Series: Rifters (Book 1)
Author: Diana Green
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Released: April 9th 2015
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Tobias is a fox shifter, stolen in childhood from his home world. Now he works as an agent for the secretive and powerful sentinels, trying to bring an end to the interworld slave trade.
Etty is a street-smart spitfire from the wrong side of the tracks. She harbours untrained magical abilities and a deep longing for a better life. Can she channel these into working as Tobias' assistant?
Will they survive a life-changing mission where love and danger are only a heartbeat away and the fate of the rift worlds hang in the balance?
She hurried to the front door, hoping the cabbie hadn't given up on waiting. To her surprise it was Mr Shelton himself, standing on the steps, hat in hand. he was more handsome than she remembered, wearing a gray suit that fit his tall form perfectly. A moss green cravat at his throat and a star flower on his lapel completed the look.
In the glow of the early evening, his eyes were warm topaz, his brown hair threaded with copper. The lines of his face were lean and sharp, making her think again of a fox. It didn't hurt that he was grinning wide enough to show teeth.
"I wasn't expecting you, Mr Shelton. I thought we were meeting at the restaurant." She used her best "proper" accent, trying to cover the excitement bubbling up inside.
"Hopefully you're not put off by my enthusiasm." He offered his arm. "I read your note as a positive sign, and i couldn't wait to hear your answer. Impatient is one of my many vices."
She took that in, as they walked together down the steps to the street. Apparently, he was still interested in hiring her for the position. Shed been half afraid that pity motivated his offer, and he might have come to regret it.
Feeling as if she was play acting, Etty allowed him to open the door and hand her up into the cab. Normally she would have hopped in by herself, but this was not a familiar situation. Mr Shelton sat down opposite her, their knees almost touching. He tapped his walking stick on the cab ceiling, and they rolled in motion.
"You're quiet tonight." He observed. "I don't recall you being particularly demure."
She laughed, in spite of herself. "You said a mouthful there. I'm as demure as a raccoon."
"An apt comparison. Raccoons are tough and audacious....survivors, much like yourself."
"You know how to flatter a girl."
"Ah, but you're not some 'girl'. If you were, I wouldn't want you for my assistant. Which brings us to the question in hand. What have you decided?"
Now that it came to telling him, her mouth dried up. Her whole life hung in the balance. Everything was about to change, in what way she couldn't be sure. It was exhilarating and frightening at the same time.
"I believe I'd like to try the job, Mr Shelton." There, she'd said it.
"Excellent!" His delight seemed genuine. "But, if you don't stop calling me Mr Shelton, i shall be offended. I want you for a friend, not a polite acquaintance."
"Sorry about that. It just feels strange. I don't usually call toffs...excuse me...gentlemen by their first names."
"Well, get it used to it. From now on, I'm Tobias. Mr Shelton is history."
"All right, Tobias." His name rolled pleasantly off her tongue. Perhaps calling him that wouldn't feel so odd after all.
Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been and avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby.
After she developed an auto-immune disorder, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to be a professional author.
Diana's books are mostly romance, in the fantasy and science fiction sub-genres. She has been a finalist for the CRW Award of Excellence and the Aspen Gold Published Novel Contest.
At preset, she self-publishes and writes for the Wild Rose Press.
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As soon as i saw the word "shifter" i knew i wanted to read this! However, the storyline was so different to others, it took me by surprise, and in quite a good way!
Its "delightfully" quite sweet! In comparison to the paranormal world we normally read about, the adult content can be quite heavy, quite in detail and in some cases at the very front of some of the tales.
This story seems to be set sometime in the past, where 'proper' British was spoken. Ladies were meant to be ladies, class structure was in full swing and lower classes treated like something you trod in.
Tobias is our shifter - he is also part of a very secretive group of intellectuals researching and protecting something called "rifts" - other worlds and the portals to them. Tobias is a very keen rifter and we begin with him on the run from thugs from another world, hopping into a cab with 'Henry' as the driver.
Henry however has his own secret....he is actually Etty - a girl, who had to take over the cabby business after her father damaged his back and could no longer work. She disguises herself as a boy extremely well, and commands her horses with the actions of a male.
They get to the 'posh' area they were looking for and it turns out Etty has another surprise of her own. Tobias requests to his superiors to have her as his new assistant.
Etty and her father move to be close to the place to learn how to become a RIFTER. Shes a quick study.
There's a definite attraction between the two, but they both withhold thinking the other feels they have to be almost thankful for the position theyre in. Its nice to see both POV.
They eventually do go on a mission. New worlds that we see through Etty's eyes, but guided with Tobias's wisdom. Suspense, mystery, learning, and of course the course of Tobias and Etty's relationship is explored.
Its left open for plenty of following books. Lots of worlds Lots of opportunities for new characters and to develop both Tobias and Etty.
A good gentle start to what seems a much more wholesome shifter book than normal!
(book was sent to me for an honest review)