Title: Soothing His Tempest
Series: Preternatural Rescue Centre, #8
Author: Ellen Cross
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella (138 pages)
Publisher: eXtasy Books (August 14th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Lucien was forced to walk away from love years ago, so when fate offers him a second chance, he grasps it with both hands and refuses to let go.
Perry has changed a lot since they last saw each other, including the fact that he is now a falcon shape shifter who has spent the past few years enslaved to a mutual enemy. What hasn’t changed, though, are the feelings that burn between them.
When Perry’s ex-captors decide they want him back, leaving little trace of the abduction behind, Lucien has to learn that just weathering a storm isn’t always enough. Sometimes, you need to ride the lightning, too.
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Review: Lucien is the Demigod grandson of a powerful god, a member of the Guardians that protect the veil, Preter and humans from the shadow kin, and he can control the weather. When he was a teenager, he fell in love with his best friend only to be carted off in the middle of the night by his parents, not even able to say goodbye. They assured Lucien it was so he could master his ability, and when he was older he went back to look for his friend, sadly he never found him. And he’s never found anyone else to love, which is just as well because Lucien gave his heart away a long time ago.
Perry is a falcon shifter that has been taken prisoner by the shadow kin and the Mages to siphon his shifter powers for its magic. When Perry was taken, his family was killed and his home burned down and now he’s kept in a cage, forced to stay in his falcon form. His misery truly started when he was a teenager and the man he loved left him in the night, without so much as a goodbye.
It’s while the Guardians are on their mission to rescue Shamus that Lucien accidentally strikes down a bird of prey. There is something about the bird that makes Lucien want to protect it, and once the tag on his talon is removed and the tiny bird finally shifts, Lucien feels a familiarity to the tiny, frail, fragile man who now hovers in the corner. Literally scared shitless.
Imagine Lucien’s surprise to learn that this abused and tortured young man is his Perry, the boy who stole his heart all those years ago. Given a second chance at love, Lucien and Perry do not intend to let it slip through their grasp again. But the evil that has been a thorn in the Guardian’s side does not intend to let Perry go without one hell of a fight. When Lucien calls on his father’s power to help him rescue Perry, will he be able to bring himself back from that ledge?
This short story is full of action, suspense, romance and long-lost loves reunited. Lucien has never gotten over the one he lost, his first love and now he has a chance to finally be whole, with his mate. In an effort to protect Perry and rescue him, Lucien takes on more power than even he can maintain and it was interesting to see how that played out, whether or not he would be able to bring himself back when the anger took over.
And poor Perry hasn’t allowed himself to believe in anything for over four years, but then the man he thought he’d never see again reappears in his life and loves him and wants him and wants to protect him, he is his mate. Only to have the rug snatched out from under him and be taken prisoner by the Mages again, locked up in that cage and shackled again, it was heart breaking. The tension was palpable to say the least.
I’ve been waiting since this series started for Cross to finally show us who Lucien’s mate would be, and it was well worth the wait. And just like that wait, Lucien made Perry wait for a while before they fully consummated their relationship, gave him time to get comfortable and adapt to all the changes in his life. It was perfect for them.
Of course, if you are a fan of this series you’ll be excited to get your copy of this installment. But if you are a fan of shifter stories/romances, finding your first love, action and suspense stories then you’ll enjoy this series as well. Please start at the beginning if you haven’t read any of these books though, or you will be lost as to the world Lucien and Perry live in, and the characters won’t have the same appeal if you aren’t familiar with the history of the Guardians and Preter.
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