Saturday, November 19, 2011


Title: Healer
Author: Cassandra Gold
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN: 978-1-61124-198-3
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Shape-shifter Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Dr. Tristan Matheson’s hidden his healing abilities for years, eluding detection by never staying in one place for very long. He’s always used his talent to help people and until now, he’s managed to stay ahead of the organizations tracking him. When two men arrive at his hospital intending to capture him, the only way he escapes is with the help of Cam, a mysterious shape-shifter.  

Cam is a member of the Delphic Institute and able to take on the shape of any person he’s ever seen. The mission to retrieve Tristan was supposed to be routine but the emotions he stirs are unexpected and not entirely welcome. Cam can’t deny his attraction to Tristan but there’s a lot going on to keep them apart…his own deep-seeded insecurities and those other organizations willing to kill to ‘retrieve’ people with talents.  

Healer is the newest release by author Cassandra Gold and it’s a good beginning in the new series, The Institute.  This new book is an attention grabber from the first page. The writing is tight, the story flows easily from one scene to the next, and there’s a good variety of characters with interesting, well developed personalities. Despite the Delphic Institute reminding me of the school in the X-Men franchise, there are still differences to set it apart. I for one am looking forward to seeing who will be the next person featured in this new and unique paranormal series. And yes I looked on Ms. Gold’s website and she’s still working on the next one and there’s no title yet.  

What I liked:

  1. Tristan’s a self sacrificing sweetie you have to love. Cam appears more extroverted when, in reality, he holds secrets and hurts deep inside.
  2. I love all the odd nicknames based on what a person’s talent is, such as Spoons for the telekinetic who bends spoons. It gave me a chuckle.
  3. There are numerous secondary characters that add flavor and interest, who would make good lead characters in future books.
What I wanted to know more about:

  1. The inner working of the Delphic Institute…including the person running it…Claudia.
  2. The bad guys…the organizations trying to get their hands on people with talents.
  3. Why does the government know about them and ask for their help occasionally but not protect them from the bad guys?
Well, I think that’s enough for now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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