It was her gift, sometimes her curse. To feel what others felt. To see the things held in their memories…. With the touch of her palms to the skin of a crime victim, San Francisco tattoo artist Etain can see the faces of the guilty and draw them. Eamon, a powerful Elven Lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife.
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By Jory Strong. Changeling elf but unaware of it, at odds with her police captain father and FBI agent brother, magic and gift have put her in the path of two compelling men. Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife. Her gift once made permanence impossible when it came to a lover. Now, as she approaches the transition to fully Elven, her survival depends on keeping two. One of the men is willing to share her.
The other isn't-until the search for a sexual predator turns deadly, and only by paying magic's price will there be any future at all. Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Romance. Create a List. Download to App. Length: pages 6 hours.
Description From the New York Times bestselling author of Healer's Choice comes the story of a woman with the power of touch. Skin doesn't lie to her. It is her gift, sometimes her curse. She feels what others felt, and sees the things held in their memories Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. Throughout the book I have to say it was too much sexual energy, a bit blunt about it actually. Yet at the same time it was a beautiful book that at times I had to put down because it was too much, and at others I couldn't put down because it was not enough.
I swung back and forth about my rating for this book but its a solid 3. The characters were strong and well thought out. They come alive upon the pages and their worries and lust easily recognizable as a burning desire and whirling emotion. This story did have substance, Etain was helping the FBI find a rapist and whether they were using her as bait or if they were truly just using her for her talents is up for debate.
I don't know what to think about her family but I know I'm not happy with them at all. Family should stick together - even if one is proven not to be a biological match. Using family for the sake of using them is wrong, although the brother does show some emotion towards her besides frigid coldness there wasn't enough there for me to tell, for Etain to tell, if it was real of feigned. Even so, she has two wonderful men at her back. Granted they were at odds throughout most of the book which disappointed me they did stand up for her even if they had their own motives and they came through for her in the end.
My favorite was Eamon, he just had that air around him I found so enticing, while Cathal was a passionate burning inferno dangerous and consuming, Eamon was the comfort of a hearth fire contained but not without it's dangers. I do have to say I did not like the way the book ended.
Does she survive? I want to see her powers develop and solidify and their relationship consolidate and fall into a steady rhythm of if it burns up in flames over her. Or because of Cathal. Do they become a threesome? I hate how that was barely answered. It looks as if it might, but there was no real solid evidence. I'm truly conflicted about this. Sometimes it is fun to draw your own conclusions but this book left me hungry for more! Also, I see now there is a book two.
I now must go hunting. A-hunting I go. First book in a new series. Is an erotic fantasy book and as such walks a fine line between erotic and smutty without crossing that line. But saying that I wouldn't recomend this book for anyone under 18 or those adults that are easily offended.
Opening Sentence: Fog turned the cemetery into shades of black and gray. She is a strong, independent woman and a gifted tattoo artist.
She also has the rare ability to read memories and emotions via skin. This ability makes her an invaluable asset to her brother in the FBI by helping get information from traumatized victims, most recently targeted by the Harlequin Rapist. Her involvement has always been kept a secret, but her gifts have become known to others with their own brand of justice in mind.
She is estranged from the family that raised her, except for the occasional work with her brother. Her talents are fulfilling and allow her to help those in need of her particular abilities with great personal and physical sacrifice. She is also very comfortable in her sexuality. So when she finds herself drawn to two different men, she just goes with it.
There is no internal war over which she should choose. This could be from her unknown heritage or from years of neglect from her family. These attributes make for an unforgettable character.
His physical responses to her and her rare talent make her an ideal wife-consort. He starts his campaign to win her over, but not necessarily away from his supposed rival, Cathal Dunne. His aloofness makes him seem more arrogant than anything else. I look forward to learning more about Eamon and seeing more emotional growth from him. Cathal Dunne is a human and a fascinating character. After spending time with her, he must decide what is more important to him, his family or the woman that seems to be stealing bits of his heart; one piece at a time.
The relationship he is forced to have with Eamon is most confusing to Cathal. He struggles with the idea of sharing. Can he reconcile his feelings before he loses the only woman he may ever love? The sexual nature of this book far from tepid. If the guys were food: Cathal would be chocolate, sweet and bitter and addictive, while Eamon would be more like caramel, thick and delicious slowly spread over the skin.
The two of them make for a delicious duo that any woman would be nuts to deny. With two hotties helping her out, what could possibly go wrong? Overall, this was a good book; dark and sensual without losing the plot. I look forward to more from the Inked Magic World.
Notable Scene: The dress fell away easily, becoming a silky pool of dark blue at her feet and leaving her in heels alone. She brushed her thumbs over them and was rewarded by the catch of his breath and a flush of need across his cheeks. She kissed downward, tongue replacing the pad of her thumb, hands free to undo his belt and pants.
The only payments I receive are hugs and kisses from my little boys. And while this book did have some more story it still focused more on the sex and in a very graphic manner with frank language. I wish that they had tried to make it their three way relationship work a bit earlier in the book. I am not sure if this is the start of a series and that is why so much of the underlying themes, character building and story movement were stunted.
The ending left me scratching my head and wondering if some chapters were missing. The story was very slow to build, never quite coming to a climax. There was so much repetition in dialogue, thoughts, conversations and inner-dialogue that nearly a quarter of the book could have been edited out to make for a tighter and more pleasant read.
The idea of a serial killer used in this fashion along with a three-way relationship should have been more exciting, it is a fresh idea.
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It is her gift, sometimes her curse. Changeling elf but unaware of it, at odds with her police captain father and FBI agent brother, magic and gift have put her in the path of two compelling men. Eamon, a powerful elf lord, is determined to make her his consort-wife. Her gift once made permanence impossible when it came to a lover.
Review: Inked Magic by Jory Strong