On a hunt to save her sister, the last thing Beri O’Dell needs is love. Aren’t demons bad enough?
A Beri O’Dell Book
Beri O’Dell is investigating paranormal creatures because she wants to know what she is. Taller and stronger than most men, she astral projects and can peel through dimensional layers to see the creatures and spirits beyond.
She once helped her foster sister, Detective Elsa Remington, track down killers in Jacksonville, Florida, but stopped when a nasty fire elemental turned her strength against her. Now, she finds herself pulled back when something steals Elsa’s soul and puts her into a coma.
With little time to spare, Beri searches for the reason behind her sister’s coma. She has help in her spirit guides Fred and Phro, but others come along for the ride, including a pyro-nervous witch, and an androgynous necromancer.
The last thing Beri needs is to fall in love with a mysterious stranger. But the handsome Minoan warrior Nikolos knows what creature she’s after because he’s battled it before.
Really, really bad.
He calls it the Dweller on the Threshold.
This is a fantastic urban fantasy with a lot of romance – one of my favourite combinations.
Beri was a kick arse heroine – she had always been a bit different and had had a pretty crap life being moved around in foster homes as the families couldn’t deal with her differences. She had a lot of insecurities but was confident in her abilities and had spent her life trying to find out who she was as she knew she had certain powers but not why. Elsa is such an important part of her life as she is the only family she has known, and she understands Beri in a way many others do not.
Nikolos was a great big piece of the angsty goodness – he was so tortured by what he had seen and been party to in the past but he still had his goal in sight and knew what he had to do to achieve it. He has lived for so long and lost so much that it’s a wonder he has any humanity left at all but as soon as he lays eyes on Beri he sort of softens a bit – he understands that she is powerful and doesn’t try to stop her from doing what needs to be done, instead he’s right there by her side providing the support and assistance that she needs.
The relationship between Beri and Nikolos was complicated by trying to save Elsa before her soul was lost forever but also by other factors. The attraction between them is strong and immediate but they also realise that they have a lot of things to sort out and obstacles to overcome before anything could ever happen between them.
I loved Blythe – I’ll be honest and say when we first met her I thought she would be irritating but she grows on you really quick and has a quirky way about her that drags you in and makes you care about her.
This is an action packed and beautifully detailed story. It’s one of those books that if you go back and read again you would notice something else that you’d missed before – I love that in a book, it combines the comfort of a reread and the excitement of reading something new.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys urban fantasy; its fast paced, unpredictable and won’t let you down.