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Monday, April 12, 2010

His Hope, Her Salvation by Emma Lai

His Hope, Her Salvation by Emma Lai
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (49 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Promised in marriage to an abusive oaf, Judith resolves to find out if there can be passion without love. Snatches of conversation overheard at the local Inn lead her to a mysterious American Merchant who might be able to satisfy her carnal curiosity and capture her heart.

Donovan, a Guardian Hunter, is on the trail of a rogue Elysian in Georgian England. As the son of the First Hunter, he long ago gave up hope of finding his heart's mate. When Judith appears in his study, his inner beast and his heart demand that he answer her plea for help.

Will their passion answer their hearts' pleas, or will it wither under the threat of reality?

His Hope, Her Salvation is a wonderful novella with tons of heart. Author Emma Lai has written something that while short, engages the attention and maintains it, ensuring you’ll read from start to finish.

Told through a first person narrative through Donovan, a man who has yet to find the mate which will appease the beast under his skin, the dialogue is both quick and sharp. He stumbles upon the woman destined to him by chance, a waif-like creature of skin and bones, abused and beaten and devoid of emotion. As he rescues her from harm, he builds up a slow and sensuous trust. It’s a wonderful progression that occurs over time, allowing the reader to enjoy the flourishing relationship. Can he earn her trust? Will she accept the beast within?

The material is tightly written and the characters are so engaging that once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Donovan is fantastic as the hero, while the tortured Judith will tug at your heart. This is something romantics will enjoy, while sating the tastes of those who like a dash of the paranormal.

If you’re looking for a story that will entertain you, tug at your heart, and leave you eager for more, be sure to put His Hope, Her Salvation on your TBR list. This is the first offering by Emma Lai I’ve enjoyed but it most certainly will not be the last.