A unique artifact—one that may hold the key to returning Kali’s memories—is uncovered by the archaeology firm where she works part-time, sending Kali and Rhane on a dangerous journey that leads them to the Forbidden City, into the unforgiving Gobi, and into the ruins of Rhane’s ancient homeland. As they fight for survival, Kali begins to discover
who she really is and the true power she possesses. But Rhane still harbors a secret that could destroy Kali…unless old enemies kill her first.
Kali is a 17-year old high school student. She has a good relationship with her older sister and adoptive parents, a popular boyfriend named Cal who adores her, and a great job at an archaeological firm that is helping her save for
college. On paper her life seems perfect with one exception. Sometimes Kali has an overwhelming hunger that she doesn’t understand. She has a hunger for other people’s life energy and if she doesn’t feed she gets weak and the hunger becomes uncontrollable.
There is much more to Kali than her insatiable hunger for energy. She has a past life that she’s completely unaware of, that is until it catches up with her in the form of a strange and handsome man name Rhane. She’s drawn to him in ways she can’t describe and it feels as if she knows him. There is a connection she can’t deny and when scary, strange and dangerous things start happening to her it’s Rhane who shows up to safe her. The thing is Kali isn’t sure if she can completely trust Rhane. Of course he’s attractive and he seems kind but he’s hiding some big secrets from her and his unwillingness in revealing them has her questioning whether he’s more of a danger to her rather than her savior.
I will admit at first I wasn’t a big fan of Kali. She was so caught up in her own desires that she was careless with others feelings. She was clueless and immature to the point that sometimes it was irritating. However, as the book
progressed Kali began to grow on me. She was at a disadvantage, while other people around her had some clue about what was going on and about her past life, she was left completely in the dark. In the next book it will be interesting to see her gain control over her powers and stand on her own to become a force to be reckoned with.
Rhane was mysterious and sexy but perhaps a bit too mysterious. I found the snippets into his background story and his loyal friends interesting but I didn’t feel a big connection between him and Kali nor did I as a reader feel completely invested in his place in the story. His aloofness with Kali made it feel like he wasn’t sure if he was protecting her because he cared or because it was his duty. I felt more of a connection between Kali and York than I did Rhane and Kali. At this point in the story I’m not sure the two have a future together beyond fighting against some deadly forces. There’s much more to the story and I’m interested in reading what happens next to see where it goes.
I’m Eden Ashley and I was born and raised in a small, sunny town in South Carolina. However, it’s the thunderstorms that inspire my best ideas. There are few things I love more than curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee on a rainy day, (except maybe chocolate cake. I love cake.) often reading into the wee hours of morning when
something really grabs me. I pretty much love anything with supernatural elements, so writing paranormal romance and fantasy romance seems to be a natural fit.
My first novel, Dark Siren, is best described as paranormal romance artfully wrapped within a plot chock-full of action, adventure, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, while the series has evolved to become a journey of redemption and second chances as two characters understand that sometimes committing evil is necessary to protect what is loved most. I took the siren from Greek mythology (and borrowed a little from mermaid lore), creating an entirely different creature, with its own mythology, and one that Publisher’s Weekly praised for its passion and complexity. This is not just another werewolf/shapeshifter romance or vampire romance. I think this is a story that both adults and teens can enjoy, full of characters to fall in love with!