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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Heart of the Maze by Rain Chapman

Heart of the Maze by Rain Chapman
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Historical, Holiday, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (39 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

For generations, members of Devlin Easterly's family have each been born with a special gift, but no matter which way their talent manifests, they all know when they have met the one they are destined to share their lives with. Devlin is no different. Within hours of meeting Cilia Makepeace he knows their futures will be intertwined. He opens his empathic abilities completely to her and nothing in his life will ever be the same.

Finding herself in trouble is nothing new to Cilia Makepeace. Finding herself in love however, is something else entirely. For most of her life Cilia has avoided physical contact with others. Afraid of the dark visions that sometimes follow her touch and how they alter her perception of the people she receives them from. That is, until she meets Devlin Easterly, Third Duke of Rutherford. Devlin fans the flames of desire from their first kiss, causing her to long for a future she thought beyond her grasp. Does she dare risk her heart knowing she may receive a vision that would change her view of Devlin forever?

“Miss Makepeace, How did the Lord bump his head?”

“With a chamber pot.”

“Was the chamber pot in your hand at the time?”

This is just a sampling of the clever and humorous dialogue in Rain Chapman’s Heart of the Maze. Ms. Chapman combined three of my favorite literary elements: Regency era, paranormal gifts and likable characters that compliment each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Cilia and Devlin are beautifully matched. She is headstrong and determined to see justice served while maintaining a humility that allows her to be likable. Devlin just comes across as “make you melt where you sit” charismatic alpha male. He has no problem taking charge especially where it concerns keeping Cilia safe. They both have particular gifts that aid them in not only finding each other but in addition Cilia is able to see past and future events.

Something I really appreciated about the way Ms. Chapman wrote this story is that you don’t see salacious sex for the sake of writing in sex. You really feel that they have a deeper connection and the tension has been built that culminates the first time they are together intimately. Bravo to Ms. Chapman for writing a story that maintains an interesting plot while integrating erotic elements when appropriate.

I look forward to seeing what Ms. Chapman offers up next.

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