West Thornhill
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Silver Publishing
Release Date
January 2012
Book 1 of Fillmore
LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Vamps & Shifters Romance

When Gael escapes life spent as a sadist's sex slave, he finds a world he never knew existed. Jason, inexplicably drawn to this untrusting man, has secrets of his own. Will Gael overcome his insecurities or will his past return to destroy everything?

When Gael Astley escapes life spent as a sadist's sex slave, his rescuer introduces him to a world he never knew existed. He quickly discovers he has the powers of telepathy and telekinesis, but is confused about what this means for this life. With the help of the one person he knows he can trust, Gael embarks on an intense training regime that ultimately leads to a new career as an agent for Fillmore, a top-secret paranormal group.

Jason Phillips, a member of the Fillmore team, has secrets of his own. Though he tries to keep his distance from Gael, the two men are drawn together like moths to flame. Will Gael overcome his own insecurities and see the possibilities offered or will his past come back to destroy him?

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Apr 30, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
110 people found the following review helpful
TRANSCEND is a paranormal novel with some of the usual elements that can be found in m/m romance. The idea is somewhat original and had all predispositions to become my favorite read.

Gael is a young man who had been abused heavily for three years and was rescued by an employee of the Fillmore, Rick. Fillmore is an organization policing those of their kind, with special abilities, ranging from shifting to a variety of mental abilities.

Since Gael's powers are off the charts, he is welcomed into the organization, trained and eventually employed. There he finds his mate and discovers his past.

While in fact seeming very interesting at first glance, this book just didn't do anything for me. I love shifters and often read about them, but in this book, while there were a few interesting bits and pieces, I found all of them to be extremely unsatisfying. History of abuse and I will pick up the book. Incest and rape? Doesn't bother me. But then I read a book like this, where I just couldn't connect Gael with his past and as I read about those situations I really felt nothing for him, not even sympathy, despite how much I tried. Honestly, sometimes news have more impact on me than this book did. But all of that just means that I couldn't connect to the characters at all and things I usually like weren't quite as appealing in this story.

What I actually found annoying were the switching viewpoints, time jumps and flashback. A few times I could have sworn even flashbacks had flashbacks. Time jumps mostly happened at the beginning and pretty much had me cursing, because each time I would get into the story, there was a few years/months/weeks flip that pulled me out of the story and made me relearn everything again. Very frustrating.

In my opinion, point of view changes happened too often and a big part of the story could have just been cut out to make it all more compact and purposeful. There were too many characters in the story while not even the main ones were properly developed. It just ended up being a large compilation of names and facts without actual action or purpose. That brings me to another issue that really annoyed me – all of them have these super cool powers but they barely use them and while they are agents, most of their decisions are just weak and senseless.

I did want to rate this higher, but despite appreciating the effort invested in this book, I just didn't like it. If this author decided to write something else I will probably read it, but anything in this series just isn't for me.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Silver Publishing.
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