Secrets. Lies. Deception. For the past six years, Samantha Hunt has lived with the belief that the untimely death of her parents was the result of an unfortunate accident—that by the cruel hand of fate, she had been left an orphan. But it was a lie, a terrible lie told to her by those who wanted to keep her in the dark. And the truth… when revealed, will change her life and haunt her forever.
Suddenly plagued by a series of events which find her in danger and in need of a savior, Samantha is repeatedly rescued by the mysterious and elusive Shadow—a stranger who seems to know more about her past and the tragedy which befell her family, than she does. Drawn to him despite the antagonism she feels whenever in his presence, Samantha soon discovers that Shadow is not what he appears to be. Determined to learn his true identity and why he has come to Mystery Falls, the small town in which she has spent all of her seventeen years, Samantha not only uncovers the secrets he refuses to share, but also the truth about her own past. A truth which forces her to acknowledge that things are not always as they seem, and sometimes, not even those close to you can be trusted.
Resolved to seeking justice for the unwarranted death of her parents, Samantha embarks on a journey which brings her perilously close to her own demise. Can Shadow use his angel powers to save her yet again, or this time, will he be too late.
Mystery Falls is a great read if your looking for a good angel/human romance with some lies and intrigue thrown in. If you follow my blog you know I just don’t do romance much lol. This story really hooked me though. The cover is gorgeous!! The characters of Sam and Shadow have such depth that you can’t help but fall in love with both of them. Sam’s loss is heartbreaking and it becomes worse when she learns she’s been lied to. Shadow comes into her life unexpectedly and turns everything upside down in an instant. I liked how they had to work for their love. I tend to roll my eyes when a love like this happens in 1 or 2 pages. The bond between Sam and Shadow took almost the entire book to develop and cement and that made it more real and realistic to me. I loved the descriptions of the town of Mystery Falls. The words painted quite a beautiful picture in my head while I was reading. I’m eagerly waiting to see what comes next for Mystery Falls. Who knows…Marilyn Phillips just may be the author to make me love some romance =]
Marilyn lives on the outskirts of Melbourne (Australia) with her wonderfully supportive husband and two beautiful children. When not writing, she likes spending time with her family, taking long walks in dark forests and reading (anything involving paranormal romance / urban fantasy). Her favorite authors include Becca Fitzpatrick, Stephenie Meyer,Claudia Gray and Amanda Hocking. Mystery Falls is her debut novel and the first in a series.