Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Measure of Healing

Book Title: Measure of Healing
Author: Jacqueline L. Roth
Publisher: Cerridwen Press
Publisher’s URL: http://www.cerridwenpress.com/Index.asp
ISBN: 978 14 19912634
Genre: Romance/Paranormal
Nymphs Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amethyst Nymph

Alejandro “Alej” Ramirez has just become responsible for an orphaned Were-Cougar child and he has no idea how to help the poor boy. Not until his Were-Cougar mother kicked him out as a teen did he find his human father. He lives in both worlds but isn’t completely comfortable in either. He needs help to reach the frightened child and that help comes from an unexpected individual.

Even though she hates Cougars, Dr. Gabriela “Brie” St. Jerome can’t say no to helping a child. If he can’t change from his cougar form, the child may never return to his human form or recover from the horrible things he witnessed. Being forced to deal with Alejandro’s presence is bitter-sweet. Keeping her secrets and feelings to herself becomes harder with each passing day. The strong attraction could cause the death of everyone involved, if Brie acts on the desire that is consuming her.

Two people are alive but not truly living until they bond over their shared affection for a child. Alej is confused by Brie’s mixed signals. The human side of him is touched , but the Cougar side doubts her skills. Both sides of him crave her touch physically and emotionally. Brie is not afraid that Alej will hurt her, but she is afraid of the longing she experiences because of him. Even if she is able to look past her hatred for all Cougars, she isn’t sure she can risk her life for a romp in the sheets.

Secrets, pain and desire blend together and opposites are not so different after all. The Were-child is the glue that brings the story together and softness to these strong characters in Measure of Healing. I loved watching Alej and Brie find everything that has been missing in their lives and finally accept what they were. I was emotionally drawn to them and enjoyed the way their shells are chipped away little by little. Roth did an excellent job and I look forward to more of her stories.

1 comment:

Jacquéline_Roth said...

I'm honored that you found the book worthy of 5 nymphs. Thank you so much for a wonderful review. Hopefully Measure is the first in a series of books to come.

Thank you so much,