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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Forsaken Talisman by Ashleigh Raine

Forsaken Talisman by Ashleigh Raine
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full (223 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

Is she a victim of a madman’s agenda, or a willing player in his demonic games?

Talisman Bay Series, Book 2

Kidnapped and mind-wiped by the Shadow Walkers’ greatest nemesis, Skylar has no memories of her own, except for her name. All she knows is what memories she does possess belong to someone else—as does her face—and that she can’t trust anyone, including herself.

Shadow Walker Dusty Clements goes against direct orders to rescue Skylar and take her into hiding. It’s the only way to get to the truth, and keep her out of the hands of an enemy who could use her to wipe out the entire organization. The last complication Dusty needs is to fall for her.

As Dusty and Skylar work to uncover the secrets of her past, they discover a mystery more than twenty years in the making, and a love they can’t deny.

The enemy has one more trick up his sleeve though—a magical kiss capable of probing the deepest secrets of the mind. All he needs to bring the Shadow Walkers down is to get his lips on Skylar one more time…

Forsaken Talisman, the second in the Talisman Bay series, has lots of action and steamy scenes between the heroine, Skylar, and the hunky hero, Dusty.

A madman, Craze, who has supernatural powers, kidnaps Skylar. Her rescuer, Dusty also has special abilities, belonging to an organization that takes out demons. Skylar could be the key to everything. Is she being used to bring down the Shadow Walkers? The suspense is interesting.

Dusty takes Skylar to a hideout and helps her to rediscover herself after Craze has wiped out her memories. Dusty and Skylar have chemistry that is off the charts. If you’re looking for hot love scenes, you won’t be disappointed with this book.

Several other characters come into play in this well-written novel. Their hearts are bared as well, and the emotional depth is outstanding.

The issue I had with this interesting book was that I didn’t quite follow certain parts of the story line, and at times, all the other characters made things a little confusing. I have not read the first in the series, and I'm afraid that’s why I felt distanced from what was going on at times. I strongly believe that reading that first book before this one would be necessary to get that strong connection to these characters and their story. Something is lost by not doing so.

Still, the writing itself did not create the distance. It was only caused by not having read the first book of the series. I’d recommend Forsaken Talisman for the emotional depth and heartache, the found joy of the characters, and the hot love scenes. As for the story, the solution, I would think, to get the most out of it, is simply to read part one first.