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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Raven Dexter, Paranormal Midwife by Viola Grace

Raven Dexter, Paranormal Midwife by Viola Grace
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Holiday
Length: Short Story (76 Pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Raven Dexter chose to pursue midwifery the moment she helped a teen friend deliver her baby. Fed up with unconcerned physicians, she studied until she could open her small practice in a moderately sized town. Her practice was slowly growing until the night a strange man demanded she come with her to attend a birth. Her introduction to the paranormal society was in the venue of delivering a small goblin baby that quickly took a chunk out of her arm.

The elf that took her to her first delivery moves in without even asking, taking care of everything from her appointments to making her meals, Eyleno Miz rapidly becomes indispensable and then becomes something more.

This is a marvelous holiday story from Viola Grace. It isn’t a traditional Christmas story, but the feeling is there just the same. This one is such a magical story of the Yule holiday, and the cooperation between the different paranormal beings and one outstanding and dedicated human woman.

Raven Dexter chose her profession early in life. When a teenaged friend gave birth with Raven’s help, she found her vocation. Although a steady trickle of clients paid her rent every month, she believed her unusual appearance was keeping her business from growing and prospering like it could. For Raven has snow-white hair, pale skin and red eyes, the classic look of an albino. Something she doesn’t know is that she repels magic as well, making her the perfect person to deliver babies for elves, goblins and other paranormal beings who have no one else to turn to.

Being the only paranormal midwife has its perks, such as lots of money, and a very attractive ‘handler’, an elf named Eyleno Miz of the Circling Storm Sect. Attractive and sexy, Raven soon finds herself in the arms of Eyleno when she isn’t delivering elves, dryads and goblins to the world. Can a human woman and a domestic elf find middle ground? Will Raven be able to adjust to helping the many different species she has never believed knew existed outside of fairy stories? And will she ever get to the end of her ever expanding supply of Yule gifts?

Raven Dexter has been on the outside most of her life. She is strong, determined and sympathetic to those she helps. Although stunned to discover that there are whole races that are real, races she believed were nothing more than myth, she soon adapts when she realizes these women need her help. I enjoyed watching her grow and accept her place in paranormal society, and I loved how she was able to intimidate many who tried to get the better of her.

Eyleno Miz is a delight. Officially, he is Raven’s ‘handler’, but he is so much more. He is very domestic, and loves to cook. He is strong, sexy and he is keeping a secret from Raven-she is the woman that was prophesied for him as a child. I loved watching him take care of Raven, yet letting her stand on her own at the same time. He is a cute mixture of virile male, and embarrassed man when it comes to her work.

This is a story filled with magic and happiness, and lots of romance. I loved watching the romance grow, slowly at first, and then a sudden explosion of passion between them after a day of exhausting work. I loved that, in spite of her serious duties and responsibilities, she took time to teach Eyleno about the human joy of sledding in the winter.

This is one of the most enjoyable holiday stories I have ever read, and also one of the least traditional. And yet, it portrays the emotion of the season like nothing before it, at least for me.