warrior Raphael has suffered under the weight of exile from
his home world, Pearthen. Forbidden to ever return, Raphael
searches for a life mate to carry his child. From the
moment he spots Isabel, he knows she is perfect for him.
Once Isabel learns that the hot guy sheís spent an amazing
night with isnít human, sheís eager to send him packing
because heís drawing a truck load of trouble into her life.
The last thing she wants or needs is danger, no matter how
strong her feelings are for him.
Thrall was originally part of The Fallen
anthology, and itís certainly just as humorous, well-written
and sensual, complete with a feisty heroine and a to-die-for
Elumi hunk. Isabel is assertive, tough and an all around
city girl type with bayou origins. It made her likeable,
although I didnít quite always agree with her choices
regarding Raphael. Wherever the Elumi are involved thereís
action and danger, which adds an element of suspense and
thrills. Thatís enough to put any relationship-in-progress
on edge. Raphaelís self-conscious stumbling and
vulnerability balanced out his aggression and dismissal of
Izzyís freedom to choose. The sex is addictive enough to
make her forget and forgive his transgressions while she
slows down to listen to her heart.
If you arenít familiar with the Elumi universe, Dark
Thrall is an excellent intro to the world of the
golden-haired Garyn and their darkly gorgeous enemies, the
Marceenians. For the record, Raphael is Marceenian, but
there are other stories featuring Garyn characters.
Hopefully, New Concepts Publishing will release a sequel to
the original collection.