Love always grows – Like the sacred alders always growing larger. When one dies, bigger one takes its place.  

Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Rate: 4.5 stars 

Goodreads Synopsis 

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.

My Take 

This is the second book of the Alder Tales, after Blossom and The Beast (check my review here) and I was highly anticipating it. Raene and the Three Bears is a Goldilocks and the Three Bears retelling and follows Raene’s life leading to her marriage and as she tries coping with her new life in with the Bear Clan. 

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this story. The world building is amazing. I could visualize the place and actually feel like I was there. With vivid descriptions, the characters are well portrayed both in their human form and totem form. McCoy’s writing is simple and clear and very easy to grasp, so points to that! 

I was under the impression that the story would focus more on Raene but the povs changed a lot between her and Blossom, two people in two completely different words and Blossom brought about more questions than answers. Aside from that, I had no problems with the book. 

McCoy leaves you wanting more. A fast paced novel that I’m in no doubt you’ll enjoy! Go get yourself a copy now and let’s fangirl together.

He was as powerless as a leaf sailing on the current of lazy stream