"Life is pain and everyone dies, but true love lives forever."
Jenna's birthday toast from her mother every year after her father disappeared was unforgettable to say the least, but unfortunately was the basis of her parents' tragic relationship. For most of her life, Jenna has been confused by her mother's repeated warnings and lives a solitary existence because of the paranoia they brought on. As the years passed without incident, the unexplained gave her no reassurance and only a false sense of security. That is until she finally meets the "they"
she was warned to run and hide from. Now Jenna is willing to risk it all for answers.
"Don't mistake us for humans, Jenna. The Ikatiare animals. And like all animals, we're concerned with only three things: hierarchy, territory, and procreation."
Jenna is inconvenient and dangerous to the rich, powerful, and elite Ikati
race. As the half-Blood with unknown abilities, Jenna could jeopardize their entire existence. They offer her a chance to prove herself as an ally or traitor, but with her freedom at stake, Jenna is only willing to go so far. Even if that means giving up on the chance to shed the loneliness and experience something more with the Alpha leader who has managed to get under her skin. Yet without trust and the constant threat against the Ikati
and several against Jenna, exploring anything outside of the physical is too risky to her heart.
From the beginning, the reader is easily drawn into the Egyptology intro to the Ikati
race. Thereafter, the story wastes no time in bringing Jenna's uniqueness to light and so begins her and the readers' journey from normal everyday to the extraordinary unknown.
Jenna is so much stronger than even she knows and a quite likable character despite her stubbornness. And while her full "Gifted"
potential is still a bit unexplored, there was just enough revealed to keep the story moving quickly. The history of the Ikati
is well drawn without being overwhelming nor is it front loaded on to the reader in the beginning. Instead, the author reveals relevant and interesting points throughout the plotline. It all leaves just enough mystery for the next installment and I am very excited to see where it all leads as this race of shifters continues to evolve.
The conflict in the story is short lived in the action department as it leads to a bigger war brewing for future books in the series. Instead, the focus is on Jenna and the building pressure of learning who and what she is and the conflict is more romance based. Leander is definitely worthy of the Alpha male title and manages to steal the show with his displays of affection both verbally and physically.
Romance readers looking for a healthy dose of spice with great sexual tension will love how it is portrayed in this story. This author has definitely proven her worth in the romance genre by seamlessly blending paranormal and fantasy elements. I couldn't have been more impressed by this debut novel and absolutely plan on coming back for more.