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Monday, December 14, 2009

Calen by Rie McGaha

My Soul to Keep: Calen by Rie McGaha
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary with Historical portions, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (173 pgs)
Other: BDSM, Rape, M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Review by Tiger Lily

When Calen MacLeod begins having dreams of an ethereal beauty who beckons to him, he passes it off as just having an itch he hasn't scratched in a long time. But when he leaves on a journey to find her, following the directions she's given him in his dreams, he begins to doubt his sanity. And when he finds himself high in the Mackinaw Mountains in a secret fortress with unicorns and a pink and white castle, surrounded by women, each one more beautiful than the next, it's a fantasy no man would want to wake up from. Calen’s life would be perfect, but there’s just one thing standing in his way: a 500-year-old demon intent upon destroying Arianna, Calen’s new-found love, and her entire world.

Can love travel across time? If so, can it travel across race? In My Soul to Keep: Calen, it sure does.

Very few authors can pull off a time travel story without getting the reader confused. Even fewer can keep the reader’s attention. Rie McGaha does both. From page one, you can’t put this story down. You travel with Calen and his brother Caleb to be with Arianna.

Although the story starts a bit slow, each time Calen and Arianna join, you feel the passion sizzling between them. I like that this story had subplots and secondary romances interwoven into the main plot. You see multiple people find their true loves. At times, it can be hard to keep the various sub-stories straight. And I grant you, there are a few minor editing issues that slow the story down, but not enough that you don’t want to finish.

But I warn you, this story has an antagonist you will absolutely hate. I mean it; this isn’t for the faint of heart. And there are some scenes that could be considered objectionable, but demonstrate how low the antagonist has sunk. Now that being said, there are some tender and gut-wrenching scenes that redeem the story and make you root for the good side to win out.

If you want a heart-felt story that will stick with you long after the last page, then you need to read My Soul to Keep: Calen. I give this story 3.5 cherries.

1 comment:

Marie McGaha said...

Thank you so much for your honesty in this review. It's refreshing and especially since you liked, really awesome! :)

Rie McGaha