Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry – the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College in London. It seems like the perfect escape and place to start over, except this time he doesn’t plan on dating a coworker….until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale and finds himself paired with the sexy academic as they work to find a co-worker’s missing brother.
Mari Gale has a unique gift that allows him to be a whiz with computers. It doesn’t take him long to notice the hot new guy in the psychology building, but the mixed signals he is getting from the guy has thrown him for a loop and force him to use all his wiles to get this guy’s attention. As the two pair together, they work to unravel the secrets of murder and betrayal while Mari convinces Jake that dating a coworker isn’t always bad.
If you like mystery/suspense stories, this book is going to reach out and grab you within the first few pages! Told in a generic point of view, someone faces the worst nightmare of waking up next to a dead body and having absolutely no memory of the last few hours. This one kept me guessing right up until the end!
The main characters in this story have paranormal abilities – which, if you’ve read my reviews, you know I am not a huge fan of – but, I will say that both of these abilities were well described and seemed “plausible” enough that I could believe that they really existed. Add in that the story has contemporary setting/time, and you have a book that even non-paranormal readers will enjoy.
The first meet between these two guys is probably one of the most awkward first meets ever! I immediately fell for Jake with his shy, stuttering, foot-in-mouth syndrome came to life! Add in a sexy, flamboyant, blond who doesn’t have a shy bone in him and you will be rooting like I was for these two to get together.
The sexy scenes were HOT!!! Add in that Jake’s clairvoyance skills allows him to “see” and “feel” things just from touching an object someone else touched…let’s just say that at times it bordered on voyeurism!
The secondary characters in this book remain secondary characters. Mari’s mom is to die for, some of their co-workers will irritate you, others you will wish you knew more about.
My one complaint is that the story ends with just a HFN…but being the first book in a new series, I am sure that we will be seeing more of Jake and Mari in the future!
For me, this book had it all. A mystery/suspense story that had me hooked and guessing from the start, main characters that I fell for immediately and loved watching them together, and some really hot sexy times! I highly recommend!!!