Blog Tour of Bronze Fox by Diana Green -- REVIEW

For some reason, I imagined our male lead doing a Jacob Black-like (from Twilight) transformation. I don't know why I thought that though, the title is Bronze Fox and not Bronze Werewolf. An error of judgement on my part, hence I would try to make my disappointment for the lack of pizaz in the shifting department NOT affect my review.
Title: Bronze Fox (Rifters #1)
Author:  Diana Green
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: April 9, 2015
Source: ARC Given by Author and Tour Organizer

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 harbors 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 rift worlds hangs in the balance?

Tobias Shelton is a strong, intelligent, and compassionate gentleman. Okay, so he's a fox-shifter, but a gentleman nonetheless. He's great at what he does and he finds our heroine is the perfect partner for him. In maybe more ways than one. 

Henrietta "Etty" Sikes is street-smart, has a real talent for impersonating, and can never be mistaken for a weakling. She wants to know more about the life she was thrust into, and she wishes to do it alongside the person she trust the most -- Tobias.

I loved the characters most. No doubt about it. They're such interesting people, both Tobias and Etty, that it's them you'll be instantly drawn to, more than the story itself actually. The complexity and simplicity that is balanced in both of them is impressive and makes for a truly engaging read. Tobias initially comes off as a thief-for-hire, but then we find out that he's doing quite well in the financial department, and then we know he also came from a rough background. Meanwhile, Etty pretends to be a male just so she can provide for her father, she hides the fact that she can do magic, comes off really strong with such a foul mouth, but she can then transform to any kind of human being. What do I mean by that? Is she a shifter to? You'll have to read the book to find out. *grins* 

The romance between the two lead characters was not instant unlike most shifting novels. For some reason when you're part-animal it's like you have to brand a person as yours immediately. So I liked that the author didn't do that here. The love story wasn't slow as well, it was just set at a right and believeable pace.

I honestly found myself having a hard time following the places, names, and terms mentioned. I feel like, as a reader, I wasn't properly prepared to be thrust in their world. At the first few pages, I thought the scene was set in modern time and in the U.S. Apparently I was wrong on both accounts when the scene changed to one with "Henry" driving a carriage. I was so taken aback by it that I haf to re-read the beginning just so I can "get it right". I'm not sure if it is just me, but I guess a better setting description would be great. Maybe a heading like, "London, 1920". Something of that sort.

The real reason I got into this story is solely because of Tobias and Etty. The story didn't appeal to me much unfortunately, but it was NOT bad. I give Bronze Fox 3.5 stars, and I will most probably continue to read the upcoming parts of the series.
Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an 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 become 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 present, she self-publishes and writes for the Wild Rose Press.

For more information, excerpts, trailers, and reviews visit DIANAGREENBOOKS.COM

Bronze Fox is available on Amazon!

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