Every once in a while, I try a new author. I've been burned a few times over the past few years, but occasionally I find a new book that sends me right over the edge into reader euphoria. Today's review is just such a book.
Last month while trolling through the romance section at Borders, I noticed a nifty cover with an interesting title. A quick scan across the back cover and Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer was added to the stack. Now I wish I'd bought the other books in the same series. :grump:
Anyway, picture a woman torn by the terminal illness of her mother, suddenly encountering a man who wants to take her away from it all - literally. This beast of a guy keeps telling Kara she's the chosen one of his people, and all she wants to do is run. Problem is, when she tries to run, she's attacked by the draden (like demon ghosts) who want to suck the lifeforce right out of her. If it weren't for the guy, she'd be dead. And if it weren't for the guy, she'd be living life as a human - which she isn't.
Lyon's job is to find the Radiant, and bring her home to save their people. Too bad she thinks she's human, and she doesn't want to have anything to do with the Therians. Tough luck for her, because without her power, their people will die. Now he has to convince her of the importance of her job, and keep her alive, while fighting this growing attraction he feels for her. Tough luck for him, too, since the rituals have already said she's destined to bond with someone else.
Add in a betrayal and some interesting plot twists, and you've got one hell of a paranormal romance by an author I never heard of until that day at Borders. Ms. Palmer, where have you been all this time? Lurking in the Ps when you should have an endcap all your own, that's where. Shame on your publisher, and shame on the bookstores for not giving you the placement you deserve. Shame shame shame. This book is right up there with the paranormal genius of Lynn Viehl, Gena Showalter, Jennifer Lyon and Rachel Vincent, in my opinion. You should be getting better publicity.
Now I have to hunt down the rest of her books online or wait until my next trip out of town. And you all now how much I hate waiting. Grrr.
Anyway, if you're into paranormal romance, and you love a good twist on the supernatural, give this series a whirl. You won't be disappointed. I know neither myself nor Darling Daughter are.