Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Oracle

Title: Oracle
Author: R.J. Scott
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publisher URL: spsilverpublishing.com
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal
ISBN: 9781920468071
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Alex Sheridan is a powerful empath with no memory before the age of seven, when he was found on a beach in Greece. His body is covered in mystic patterns and scars that he had covered in tattoos on reaching adulthood.  

Luke Mackinnon is a prominent professor of ancient languages, who is contacted by the Army to do translation work that they believe will lead to a powerful ancient weapon. Others want to find the Oracle for their own power hungry reasons. The legend says that after fifty generations, the Gods on Olympus will return the Oracle and his power to earth. That time is now. 

There’s an immediate connection when Alex and Luke meet…a bond more than lust and one destined from the hands of the ancient gods themselves. They don’t understand the spark between them, but can’t deny it either. The question is can they survive the evil hunting them to the very steps of the ancient temple of Delphi? 

Oracle is another well written, complicated and entertaining book by R.J. Scott and while at heart, it’s a romance, it’s also much more. The backbone of the story is firmly planted in Greek Mythology and for a lover of ancient history, once I’d read the blurb I was hooked.  

The characters come from both the past and present, and all have important parts to play...some are pleasant and helpful, while others are vile and dangerous. I like that Mr. Scott wove the concept of fate and how life wasn’t in Alex’s control…that he and Luke are pre-destined by the gods to be together, throughout the story. He’s made their attraction feel not only intense and immediate but deeply compelling, as if completing a soul bond as all the pieces that make them whole lock into place. Alex and Luke are both easily likable and the author did a great job developing their unique personalities.  

Luke, being an expert on ancient civilizations and languages, allowed the author to interject interesting tidbits relating to Alex, his tattoos and the translations without it sounding like an information dump. And the fact the villains wanted the info and Alex bad enough to kill added the action, fear, and tension needed for some well written and plotted suspense filled moments.  

It’s a balancing act between romance and suspense as Luke and Alex try to figure out what the tattoos mean as the story races to the end. There’s even a little romance between two of the secondary characters that fits in nicely with the story. So, the crux is that I enjoyed this intriguing action filled book and think you likely will too.

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