Turen is a Guardian, a race similar to humans, but with added powers and responsibilities. They replenish and heal human souls when they reproduce. Along with heighten senses and the ability to “fold” (teleport), each Guardian has control over a specific ability. Mia is a regular human who suddenly begins visiting Turen in his prison cell. He is being held captive by a fellow Guardian, a man who lost all control when his mate and child were killed. Mia feels compelled to help Turen, but will this forbidden relationship help save the Guardian race, or just result in Mia’s destruction?
I was impressed at the growth and change within Mia’s character. In the beginning of the book, she really struggled with doubts and lack of confidence, which made sense given her recent struggles with her husband. As the story progressed, she grew beyond her grief and sorrow, back to happiness. Her self-confidence also grew and multiplied as she became stronger and more engaged with the world around her. Yes, she still depended on Turen quite a bit, but I was impressed at her progress. It felt very realistic and beliveable.
I did have a hard time grasping exactly what the Guardians’ role was in relation to humans. I felt like it was skimmed over, and never fully explained. It didn’t really impact the storyline, but it would have been nice to have a better handle on why they existed, and what their purpose was.
This is the first book in a series. The ending satisfied me, while still leaving several threads open for further books. I can’t wait to see what happens next, and am very happy to already have the next book.
Just a warning, this is definitely an adult book. There are a few very steamy sexual scenes.