Published by Self published on Sept 25, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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58 years ago a gorge opened up from Mobile, AL to Quebec City, Canada to split the United States into the Western States (WS) and the Eastern States (ES).
40 years later, a fog rolled in on the WS that they called the Veil. Within twelve hours it formed an impenetrable wall between the two sides. It’s been 18 years since anyone has known what’s happening on the other side of the Veil.
Now, Lori, an Other, in a desperate attempt at escape from the ES’s torture and experimentation, has crossed the Veil and found a world beyond belief.
Marcus is a Warrior, but when Lori collapses at his feet wounded and exhausted, he knows he has to protect her. But seeing that she’s the first person he’s seen in 18 years without wings, he’s worried about what her appearance means for his people and the world they’ve created since the Veil fell.
Two new societies: one built on a respect for the natural order of nature and the world, the other built on mistrust and corruption. Can they learn to co-exist once again?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Romance books and series often follow a certain familiar plot arc, but when done right, it’s still a fabulous read. This book is a great example of that.
This book combined steamy romance featuring a few detailed, but not explicit, sex scenes with a unique paranormal setup and lots of action. The characters are strong and the individual personalities are fully formed and easy to believe.
A lot of romance stories feature insta-love, and I appreciate that this wasn’t present. There was insta-lust, which is totally believable, and a little bit of insta-trust, which worked in this set-up. A combination of those two things made the relationship angle believable, and gave me warm fuzzy feelings.
Every classic romance plotline features a communication breakdown that causes conflict, and how this is handled often makes the difference between an enjoyable story and an eye-rolling cliche. This book handled that section beautifully. It was realistic and believable. I bought into the setup, and each character’s reaction. There was no ridiculous miscommunication here, just a difficult situation that would have been hard to predict by anyone. I loved the authenticity of it, and it makes me want to read every book in the series, and everything in the author’s backlist.
Creating romance stories that don’t cause eye rolls is difficult, but was accomplished wonderfully here, and with the added bonus of a paranormal world set-up that I’ve never encountered before. Based on the characters introduced, I think I can guess a few of the characters who will be the stars of later books in the series, and it has me excited. This is one series that I can’t wait to see develop. It has a classic romance feel, but with a great execution.