Author: Thayer King

Publisher: Sugar and Spice Publishing

Release Date: July 9, 2013

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Keva is a channel, a person who has the ability to help those with psychic ability dissipate their excess energy.  Unlike other psychics, Sebastien is rare as he possesses more than one psychic ability, and his powers can only be neutralized through sex.  When Sebastien is in the grip of a psychic overload, his eyes glow and he behaves like a completely different person.  A rude, oversexed demanding person, he insists she calls 'Bastien'.  If Keva didn't know better she'd believe the man was possessed.

I really enjoyed the world building in this novel, set in an alternate world where people with special powers are not truly accepted, and sometimes feared.  This story does have a little bit of an X-men type theme, but without the lycra and silly nicknames.  The lack of acceptance from those humans who are untalented means that those who are talented try to ignore, or not use their powers, which can lead to a dangerous buildup of power that needs to be dissipated.  This is where people like Keva come in, a channel, so called because she has the ability to channel away the dangerous buildup of psychic energy; usually this is done by holding the hands of a psychic and helping them to send the energy though her harmlessly.

Sebastien is unusual in that he has an off-the-charts  level of psychic ability, multiple talents which is unheard of, and simply holding his hands and asking him to concentrate on allowing his excess energy to flow through her does not work.
Not only does Sebastien carry enough psychic energy to wipe out a city, but his excess energy can only be dissipated through sex.  Keva is horrified by the compelling man, who she is unwillingly attracted to, demanding sex.  It's unethical, and considering the man involved, highly erotic, but wrong.

Sebastien seems to know her on a level a mere stranger should not be able to, but he isn't offering her a relationship, and Keva isn't someone who feels comfortable with the idea of being used.

Ms. Thayer King always provides the reader with a very sexy and intriguing read, but I did feel that if the reader could have heard more of Sebastien's inner dialogue, I as a reader would have felt less like encouraging Keva to kick him to the kerb.  I wanted it to be clearer that it was love and not just lust that was driving Sebastian.

I find Ms. Thayer's writing to be as addictive as chocolate, so it should go without saying that I enjoyed the book.  DECEIVED is still my favorite, though.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Claudette

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