*Materials & images courtesy of Goodreads; review owned by Desert Rose Reviews.
**Originally published on September 22nd, 2013; re-posted for our TBT Review.
Tueri Fated Souls #1
~Published: August 2nd, 2010
Saari Mitchell sees a psychologist in order to understand why-500 years later-she's still dreaming of her dead lover. Her shrink isn't helping, the nightmares come every time she closes her eyes, and the lack of sleep is interfering with her job at Sacred Heart Hospital. With her psychic ability to heal the human spirit on the fritz, her auric radar becomes as reliable as her spotty cell phone service. By day, Dhelis Guidry works as a detective for the new Angeles Police Department investigating the missing or murdered women in the Full-Moon Killer case. In his spare time he hunts rogue vampires as a Tueri executioner. Brogan Vincent is a Tueri healer. Though he could offer his miraculous talents to the rich and powerful, he has chosen anonymity and peace by only using his psychic abilities among the Tueri. One look into Saari's tri-colored eyes and both men realize she is Tueri. One touch tells them each she's their soul mate. But can either of them protect her from the Full-Moon Killer?
I'm obsessed with the written word. It all started with those little 45 rpm records that read the story while you followed along with a book. You know the ones I'm talking about, right? Well, let's just say kindergarten was a breeze. I kept practicing, and at age nine read my mother's copy of Jaws (which might explain my fear of the ocean...well, of what's in it!). So it's not surprising all that reading led to a writing career as a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author. I love creating intriguing stories filled with non-stop action, nail-biting conflict and scintillating attraction between the people that live in my head.
P.S. I'm an avid reader/collector of books. My to-read shelf is comprised of books I own!
While reading this book, I found myself easily captivated, pulled into a behind-the-scenes world, set in the not-too-distant future. The plot presented in this book is certainly interesting, and not one I've come across yet. The dynamic between the three main characters, two guys and a girl, is always popular in this genre of fiction. However, the relationship and circumstance between the three in this story is unique, and gives a whole new meaning to “love triangle.” Usually, the girl is put between two incredible, drool-worthy guys- one is her “the one” and the other is just a close second, who ultimately loses out and watches the girl he loves pick someone else. Well, in this book, she's the soul-mate to both guys! This fascinating, everyone-wins scenario, thrown into a creative world of secrets, paranormal mysteries, and supernatural creatures, makes for an addictive new story.
Following the unfolding events in this story through the shifting view points of all three main characters kept this book moving quickly. Learning about each character as more time went on allowed for quite a bit of character development and connection to the story, without skipping a beat. All three main characters are very easy to picture and relate to, quickly drawing the reader into their world. The side characters all added layers to the story, deepening mysteries and propelling the story forward.
Every once in a while, you come across an author you know was born to write, and Renee Rearden is just that- a born writer. Combining all these unique, larger-than-life characters with a suspenseful story, Mrs. Rearden has created a completely entertaining story. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and while there were a few scenes I didn't care for personally, I am looking forward to reading the sequel. I would recommend this book to any fan of paranormal fiction.
*I was given an ecopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.
You can also see my review of the sequel, Crimson Sunrise, here!
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