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Snow Shadows Perfect Paperback – August 6, 2008
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Snow Shadows has a heady mix of romance, the paranormal, Native American folklore and a wonderful cast of characters which drew me in and kept me. -- Xeranthemum, The Long and the Short of It Romance Reviews
The initial story in the Eternal Shadows series strikingly intertwines a Native American myth with a modern-day dilemma, resulting in a most rewarding story. With her thorough historical research evident all through the book, Caitlyn Hunter has crafted a touchingly spellbinding love story with convincing paranormal elements. With graphic images, engaging characters and the perfect blending of humor and suspense, SNOW SHADOWS is a memorable story of fated love. -- Amelia, eCata Romance Reviews
There are some very dramatic moments on the mountain and I enjoyed every one of them. -- Maura, Coffee Time Romance Reviews
This story is absolutely captivating. The characters are completely endearing and lovable. They are so real that it will feel like you are watching the scene with your own eyes. The plot flows perfectly with no down times. -- Amy Parker, ParaNormal Romance Reviews
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Hunter is a fine writer and an amazing storyteller in the truest sense of the word. Read on and you will see why I'm so enamored with her writing.
She hooked me from the first page of this book--in the exciting prologue that tells of early American Cherokee cousins, Matt, Marc, Luke and Jon, who are cursed by the shamans for defying clan rules. In a surprising twist that sets the pace for this unforgettable love story/adventure, the young warriors are confined to the area around Eternity Mountain and commanded to protect their environment and the animals they have been given the ability to morph into.
If the brave, adventurous, handsome young heroes in this book weren't enough to hook me, Hunter did it with that aspect of her plot: I have always been intrigued by metamorphosis. (I even find werewolves something to howl about... lol)
I find it further intriguing that the prologue ends with the curse, in the form of a poetic chant...a puzzling verse that holds a clue to what might reverse the curse IF the men can figure it out.
Although Matt, Marc and Luke remain on Eternity Mountain, Jon lives in Asheville where he is a veterinarian. While each has special abilities that are essential to the plot and their characters, Jon is the healer.
Chapter one starts in the present day with Jon giving his divorced assistant, Ellen, time off work to get away from the stress caused by harassment from her ex-husband, a really bad character. Jon loans her his cabin on the mountain and she meets Matt when she becomes lost and injured in a snowstorm. He has to use his special abilities to get her back to the cabin and she inadvertently glimpses a split-second of his shape-shifting into a bear. She thinks she's hallucinating and that's when the plot thickens.
While Matt is tending Ellen back in the cabin, he is instantly attracted to her with a passion he senses will last forever. Due to his animal nature, his sensuality is so overpowering he wants to make love to her right away. She is alarmed when, uncharacteristically, she responds, but is frightened when she gets glimpses of him turning into a bear. He knows he must explain to her about the curse, his psychic powers and his immortal shape-shifting, but when he does, she sends him away.
The love scenes between them are some of the most powerful I've ever read. It is not erotica, which I don't like, but very stimulating in intensity, nonetheless. Hunter writes in such a descriptive, yet realistic way that I adapted my mind to accept shape-shifting as a normal everyday occurrence...
The four cousins have strong spiritual and mental connections, so Marc, Luke and Jon immediately sense that Matt is in trouble and use their powers to try to reach him. The plot gets more complicated when Marc discovers dangerous, outlaw-type characters taking shelter from the storm in a cave. He overhears parts of their conversation; enough to alert him that the animals they have vowed to protect also need their help.
What are these men, armed with guns, doing on the mountain in this weather? Why is Ellen's ex-husband with them and why is he a menace to them all? Is he also a threat to Ellen? What will he do if he finds her with Matt? What are the special powers the cousins have? And what animals do the others morph into?
To learn the answers to the above "teaser" questions and whether our unusual heroes arrive in time to help them, you will have to read this exciting love story/adventure for yourself.
I think Snow Shadows has enough adventure and Native American folklore to appeal to men, also, but women will go nuts over these four cousins. They are a woman's dream: in addition to being caring, giving and gentle with great senses of humor, they are gorgeous. Another awesome aspect of this book is the bond between the four men and the unique methods they use to help each other.
I highly recommend this intriguing book and am quick to predict that this talented author will become a force to be reckoned with in the literary world.
Endnote: I am delighted to learn that this is only Book One in the Eternal Shadows series by Caitlyn Hunter, with each of our fascinating heroes having a book written about him. I can't wait to see who captures the hearts of Marc, Luke and Jon. Bring `em on, Ms. Hunter. (Although this is the author's first printed novel, she wrote a Kindle e-book that I hear is wonderful too. Unwilling Angel is about an apprentice angel who comes to earth to help a woman and ends up wreaking all kinds of havoc...not only for the woman, but also for himself. I don't own a Kindle, but am almost tempted to get one just to read Hunter's first offering from 2008. NO...as a die-hard, book-in-my-hand lover, I'm not quite ready to go there yet!)
Reviewed by Betty Dravis, January 17, 2010
Author of "Dream Reachers" (with Chase Von) and other books