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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Time Currents by Brenna Lyons

Time Currents by Brenna Lyons
Publisher: Logical-Lust Publications
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (74 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Lord Sevryn is home for a visit with his intemperate mother and spoiled siblings. Between rants about lowborns, courtesy of his mother, Sev makes a wondrous discovery; one of the maids his mother hired in his absence is his Goddess-destined soulmate.

Or is she? Bettina is his soulmate, to be sure, but otherwise she's not what she seems. Her reasons for avoiding Sev are complicated. Mates don't hide things from one another, and there is a lot Bettina is hiding. For one thing, she's not lowborn. Raised in the lap of luxury, she decided to run rather than embrace a power that threatens her mind and heart.

What do you do when you have a gift you aren’t sure you really want, but you’re called upon to use it?

This is the first in the Planet Kielan series by Brenna Lyons and its one not to be missed.

When Ms. Lyons writes a fantasy story, she knows what she’s doing. I felt transported immediately to a whole new world with characters I wanted to know more about. Her heroines are tortured and strong while her heroes are yummy delights.

I liked Bettina from the beginning. She’s got a lot of things going on in her past that she doesn’t really want to deal with. I found that interesting and something I could relate to. We all have something we don’t really want others to know about and the way Bettina deals with it is realistic. I wanted to see her grow and come into her own as the story progressed and Ms. Lyons wrote it with a tenderness I won’t soon forget.

As a hero, Sev is wonderful. He has an idea of Bettina’s precog state, but he’s also not willing to push her to deal with it. I liked that he relentlessly pursued her. When he wanted something, nothing and no one—even his irritating mother—held him back.

If I had any issues with this story, I wanted to see more passion develop between Bettina and Sev. It seemed like the coupling happened fast, and though I realize this is a short story, I wanted to see more sensuality between them. What helped for me was the mindlinks between them. At times, the links they shared were sexier than actual intercourse because they trusted each other.

What I found touching was Ms. Lyons’ descriptions of Bettina’s mother and her issues. What could’ve been written very heavy-handed was dealt with in a suave manner that explained without making her mother look foolish. Kudos.

If you want a story that has more going on than meets the eye, then you need to read Time Currents. I give this one 4 cherries.

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