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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Downfall by Elene Lewis

Downfall by Elene Lewis
Publisher: New Concepts Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (63 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Cholla

All alien-rocker Sebastian King wants is to suck the energy out of pretty human females. They orgasm, he gets his “food source” from the energy they produce, and everyone is happy. No harm, no foul. Until innocent Hope Riordan walks through the door and the irresistible connection they share forces him to reevaluate all he knows about his own species. Sebastian eventually faces execution because of his forbidden emotional connection with Hope. It is only through his scheming and bargaining that they fake their own deaths and escape together.

When you’re destined to live a life without love, how do you cope? That’s precisely what Sebastian and the rest of the Clan males are trying to figure out. Living in a world where all they can do is feed off the sexual energy of human females, without hope for release of their own, life can become difficult and a tad bit lonely.

In the beginning, Sebastian is simply going through the motions. His life as a rock god doesn’t even seem to bring any happiness or satisfaction into his life. I felt a lot of sympathy for him in the beginning because of this. Here he is, watching a sea of beautiful women flow around him and not one inspires even the slightest bit of excitement. It’d have to be a hard way to live. The fate of his happiness lies with Hope, and he knows it the moment he first sets eyes on her. His determination to bring her into his life at any cost is endearing, even if it does cause him to push too hard at times. I loved the fact that, despite being both an energy vampire and a rock god, he didn’t have the typical ego attached to either. It made for a refreshing change.

Hope, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of Sebastian. She’s lived a rather sheltered life, being kept completely under her father’s thumb since her mother’s death. In a sense, she wasn’t doing much more to live her life than Sebastian was. She was very relatable to me in the way that our fathers both shared a rather undesirable quality. I instantly identified with her situation and it made it easier for me to understand her choices. Her difficult home life, and the way she managed to deal with it despite everything else, made her a good match for Sebastian. She needed someone to care for her and he needed someone to help him let go, just a little. Together they are a well-balanced and red hot couple.

Trouble – and passion – is brewing from the very moment Sebastian sets eyes on the beautiful Hope. Little does either realize that the other will be their own salvation. An intriguing story that leaves you begging for more, Downfall is an excellent introduction to this new race of beings on earth and their plans for the future. I highly recommend it!

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