- Taylor Grace
- Release Date
- July 2013
- Book 1 of Forest Races
When her boss asks her to complete a project that takes her back to the annax city, Olivia's avoidance of the race comes to an end. The last thing she needs is the arrogant annax leader, Baphrem, as a coworker. As luck would have it, that's exactly what she gets. To make matters worse, annax enemies capture Olivia and hurt her so badly the only way Baphrem can save her is by turning her into an annax. Olivia would like to kill Baphrem...except every time she sees the man, sparks fly. It's a battle between mind and heart. Can she love the man who made her worse nightmare come true?
Jun 06, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
162 people found the following review helpful
OLIVIA'S CHOICE by Taylor Grace is the story of Olivia, a former foster child turned teacher, who, to save her job, has to go and arrange for an exchange programme with the elusive race of Annax. The Annax are a Forest race, a link between other supernatural races and humanity, and even though they hold a certain disdain for humans, they agree to let Olivia stay to work out the details of the exchange programme.
Through flashbacks and social unrest, jealous near-stalkers and prejudice, interfering elders and helpful siblings, the leader of the Annax tribe tries to convince Olivia to remain. In the end, Olivia has made a choice long before she realizes it herself.
I was drawn into the book from the beginning. There is a lot going on and many more hints as to other stories surrounding the two main characters. The political world created is intricate and engaging, though sometimes a little confusing.
The personal relationships between the characters are deep and in part heartbreaking. This is not a love story in isolation, but its strength lies in the intricacies of histories and personal engagement with a whole town. We meet conniving parents, and smile about the way they manipulate their children. We listen to the gossip of busybodies and live with the heroine as she rediscovers sights.
There is a lot of joyful banter and tongue in cheek dialogue in this book which will leave you grinning long after you finish it. It also holds a promise of more, the backstory is so intricate that we expect, hope, there will be more.
The only thing which lets the book down is the actual sex--it is a little unimaginative and flat. The reader feels more like a voyeur than being able to step into the characters' mind and feelings.
Overall, it is a very enjoyable and tantalizing read which leaves the reader wanting more of the same world. There are so many characters we would like to follow into another adventure.
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