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For the Strange and Surprising (Where They Are #1) by M. F. Adele

For the Strange and Surprising


I’m a catastrophe waiting to happen—I always have been. When a waterspout drops me on the shores of a seemingly deserted island, I soon realize that I’m not on Earth, and I’m not alone.

This new world is full of dangers, from sea monsters and feuding tribes to poisonous food and beasts that lurk in the shadows. None of those things are as dangerous as the Mongrel men appointed to guard and teach me.

All I want to do is go home, but the island has no intentions of letting me leave. I’ll be forced to interact with total strangers to survive this perilous land surrounded by treacherous waters. My dreams of happiness sink into the dark depths below as I struggle to save myself from certain death. The Mongrels will learn that fear makes a person reckless.

My name is Adelaide Storm. But they’ll call me Ada Stormbrave.

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When a woman from Earth with nothing to lose tries to unravel why she has been placed on an alien planet with gorgeous alien men and a queen who was once a human, she gets an interesting mix of “strange and surprising” twists and turns that kept this reader intrigued.

Adelaide “Ada” Storm is confused and curious about her new digs. She’s volatile, snarky and just plain stumped why she was in a fishing boat one minute and on an alien island the next. As Queen Isolde tries to guide Ada in her quest to find the reason she is here, Ada finds herself in the middle of a war of Mongrels and Shades. Prince Ecaeris thinks she is an enemy spy, Doctor Imyrlll thinks she is a healer,  Warrior Talodus thinks she is a strong fighter, and Hunter Cannok thinks she can fend for herself. But will Ada stay or try to return home?

This is a light, slow-burn romance with a delightful heroine that made me laugh out loud many times. Ada is not one to be pushed around and told what to do as her four protectors find out firsthand. Told in multiple POVs, the story slowly reveals things about this strange world and the danger its people face. Ada experiences it first hand when she fears she’s being followed and tries to take matters into her own hands at the frustration of her protectors.

Is this book a romance? Perhaps. But it is not a reverse harem in the erotic, sexual way.  It is about four men who are captivated and sexually attracted to her but don’t act on it. I found that more of this book is about the suspense of finding out who is following her and finding her “element” in a bizarre new world.  That’s okay because Ada steals the show and, unfortunately, right when it starts to get good, there is a cliffhanger.

As for the alpha heroes, I’m a big fan of Imyrll with his exotic look and gentle spirit. Talodus is the burly blonde warrior with a wonderful sense of humor.  Cannok is the adventurous and reckless one and Ecaeris is the broody distrustful royal who loves to push Ada’s buttons. Ada’s got some wild attraction going on with these sexy men and it will be a treat to find out what happens. 

I am happy to recommend this unusual and funny science fiction suspense romance that cleverly introduces tribes connected to the four elements of astrology. I look forward to reading more in this series.

Thank you to Ms. Adele for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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MF AdeleM.F. Adele resides in the outskirts of the Rocket City in Alabama. She lives in her overactive imagination, often fueled by caffeine and no sleep. When she isn’t writing, M.F. is outdoors with her family, obsessing over spicy margaritas and cigars, or reading books by her favorite authors.

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