But there is a secret involving some Guild members-one that could get her killed.
Shifter Rhodry de Mendoza wants the Earthlings off his planet before they destroy it--even if that means denying what he feels for the fierce and lovely Amanda. The pair is thrown together in what becomes a fight for their lives. And they might just lose everything-including each other-in their battle for the right to live in peace.
Now there's a huge clue in the title so I won't insult your intelligence but I will say this lost colony from Earth is not exactly what I was expecting. When they're discovered on the planet, Harp, a small contingent of scientists travel down to investigate. Amongst them is Amanda, a woman with remarkable intelligence and a huge desire to finally set down roots after a life in space. What she wasn't prepared for was to hear the planet and its fauna communicating with her! Yes, these trees sing a song that apparently Amanda is the only female to have ever heard. The all-male Guild hear the trees in all their glory and Amanda quickly realises joining the Guild is her only way to discover the secrets of Harp. However, the natives are distrustful and the arrogant De Mendoza is gorgeous but downright unfriendly! Okay, he may be the answer to a maiden's prayers but Amanda is made of sterner stuff and hunkers down to just show these males what a determined woman is really capable of!
It took me a while to really get pulled into Shifter Planet, if honest. I thought Amanda's easy acceptance of the shifters was a tad too blasé but she's seen so much of space and its assorted hybrids that I did come around to understanding her attitude. Speaking of attitude, that girl does not quit! Amanda sticks her chin in the air and just plows along. I loved that about her and for me the adventure really began when Amanda faced her trial alone and battling her way back towards the Green and civilisation. There's trickery afoot and betrayal, not to mention downright murderous intentions but this plucky heroine amazed me.
Yes, there's romance but what I really enjoyed was seeing the tables turn although I think if this continues as a series, then Amanda might just have set the cat well and truly amongst the pigeons! I'm still a little nonplussed by some things but cannot fault the action that kept me gripped.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.