by Nicole Pouchet
Series: Elemental Myths #1
Published by Difference Press Release date : April 1st 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: The Author | Format: eARC
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Life is finally on track for fledgling stage actress Layla Cohen until she realizes her gorgeous new director, Sebastian, is the star of the erotic dreams which she’s been having for months. She could handle the uncomfortable work situation if not for the further evidence she’s losing her mind: The wind suddenly whooshes at her command; memories of a past life emerge; and she’s sure someone is trying to kill her.
Meanwhile, director Sebastian Tawanti is steering his small D.C. theater company into the big-time with his Incan mythology-based play. The culmination of his life’s work, he won’t let anything stand in the way of his play's success--not his mother's objections, not the inappropriate heat he feels for Layla, and not even the mysterious, empathic symptoms he's experienced since meeting her.
LAYLA’S GALE is Book 1 of the four-book, paranormal romance / urban fantasy ELEMENTAL MYTHS romance series. Similar in subject matter, it is a lighter, more carefree read than Deborah Harness’ All Souls Trilogy. This paranormal romance series is sure to entice readers of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk and Steele series. ELEMENTAL MYTHS follows four couples as they bond together in steamy romance, supernatural powers, and predestined battle to save modern mankind from the mysterious demise of the vanished Incan Empire.
As Layla and Sebastian struggle with new love and burgeoning power, a sinister force unravels to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Will they learn the truth behind the Incan script in time to save their lives, the love they’re destined to share, and the future of humanity?
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It’s getting really hard nowadays, to find a book that really brings something new and different to the table. There are only so many ways you can twist shape-shifters, vampires witches and the like –not that this is what this is about, at all — before you have read it all. THIS book, however, is different.
I want to break down this book into two parts. There is a reason for this, for bear with me.
The first half of the book was REALLY good. I loved the twist on Inca Culture/Mythology and the dreams Layla was having (helllllo, sexy times) but also, they served as “flashbacks.” I loved learning about the Incan People through the play. This was a really fascinating way to bring the lore to life and twist on the story as a whole. When Layla was first able to manipulate the wind and all the other weird crazy stuff happening, it was so fun. Sebastian too, was a very likeable unique character. He’s actually a good guy. I thought his acceptance to his empathic abilities was a little weird, considering he thought everything else was a myth, but I can overlook that.
I felt the writing was stronger, too. Like I said, I loved the way we learn about the Mythology and the people. We get both Layla’s and Sebastian’s POV and although it was frustrating how they did the back and forth crap, I thought their reservations were real. The chemistry was there, right along with the sexual tension. They were real, genuine characters.
About mid book is when things started to take a turn. I honestly felt like the second half was a completely different book. I felt like plot changed and the focus was solely on the mating. Now, I can almost guarantee you this was not the intention — it’s just how I interpreted the whole thing. They were one of those amazing, awesome couples to the nauseatingly cute ones, that uses an endearment in every sentence. It didn’t FEEL like them and I didn’t like it. Also, there are some particular.. “powers” that don’t come about or that they can harness until mated. I found this odd and a little too convenient.
Overall- I really enjoyed Layla’s Gale. Although I had a few issues with it, I think it’s a great start to the series. With its unique and fascinating plot, this will definitely be a hit for all Paranormal Romance fans.
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