Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Entranced


Title: Entranced
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62300-243-5
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Several years ago,Jack Keiser was on a government mission that went bad and he almost died. He’s had serious trust issues since and is even uneasy with the team of ex-agent/psychics he heads out of the Power Up gym. When his silent partner, Owen Stallbridge, asks for help in locating his missing sister, Heather, Jack can’t turn him down. He heads to Europe to search for her and ends up in the German Alps,where his unique chameleon ability helps him blend in.

Jack’s just about given up hope of finding Heather when he comes across a strange village filled with even stranger people—people who won’t let Heather leave. Just as odd is his instant attraction to her—but because of his distrust, Jack refuses to believe in love at first sight. But he needs to trust her because if he doesn’t, they won’t get away from the villagers hunting them or off the mountain alive.

Entranced is the latest release in Marie Harte’s Power Up! series. While it would be helpful to read the books in order, reading it as a standalone will work fine.

For those of you who enjoy old musicals, this new book has hints of the classic Lerner and Loewe musical, Brigadoon, where two individuals come across a village not on a map. Sound familiar? The difference is the obvious paranormal slant, along with the murderous townspeople intent on doing harm to Jack and Heather. Nothing light and fluffy going on here. No, you get a sense of danger and possible doom if they’re caught.

The attraction between Jack and Heather is immediate and the sex is passionate, but I was also disappointed at how inappropriate some of their times together were. Being chased by people intent on killing you is not the time for hot and heavy sex. The back story of Heather’s family history in the village is nicely incorporated and how it relates to “The Source” she and Jack are searching for is handled well. The villainous characters add an interesting note but because there are several, I found it difficult to keep them straight. I did enjoy the scenes going down the mountain. The danger to Heather and Jack is done well and is suspenseful, but after such a good build up, the ending seems a little abrupt.

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