Legends say a syphon can drain a mage dry. He’ll brave the danger. Will she?
Someone’s playing pranks. The body of the late Casteel patriarch has been stolen and gifted to the family’s enemy, the powerful Rallises. As far as Bronte Casteel is concerned, they can keep it. She hasn’t spoken to her family in thirteen years, not since they exiled her from society for her lack of mage power. But she’s a syphon mage, able drain another mage’s power. Syphons’ destinies are always the same: death by fiery stake. She hides her secret by living among the Nons--powerless humans and the lowest class in the Republic. When her family orders her to go plead for the body’s return, she comes face to face with the one man who knows her secret.
Colonel Vincent Rallis isn’t letting his syphon get away this time. Not when she’s under suspicion of body-napping and aiding anti-mage terrorists. He’ll prove her innocence whether she wants him to or not, and then convince her they belong together...forever.
Vincent’s help comes with a steep price: Bronte must reveal her power. The inevitable ensuing witch-hunt and trial would be bad enough, but even a tough girl might buckle if her prosecutors are her own parents.
CONTENT WARNING: Hot, steamy nights with the colonel’s magic touch
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance
***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review***
Overall rating: 4.0 Rockin' Stars!!!!
"..Vincent's energy. It flowed through her, a delicious warmth that would haunt her for the rest of her life."
"He controlled everything. Including her."
"Sweetheart, going into the gyre was not following my commands. You are freer here than you ever have been. You don't have to hide who you are. Not here. You have choices. You just have to find the courage to make them."
"He'd change the world for her."
"I never forgot you, even if I didn't believe the memories. I wanted you to be real. I questioned Edmund over and over about a girl with long, dark hair and red lips until he thought I was crazy."
"The connection she felt with him lingered despite the growing distance, but had nothing to do with his energy or her syphon. It was her heart, desperate to cling to him while it could."
"Sometimes you have to take a chance." Her soft voice warmed him. "Fight back. Defend yourself and the ones you love."
This was my first time to read a book by Anise Rae and I am hooked. I loved her spin on mage and magic-kind alike. It was a interesting look at what the world would or could be like if there was magic ruled. The story line itself has many twists and turns with many unforgettable moments! Vincent Rallis or better known as "Colonel" is a powerful wizard who is in the Republic army. His family is one of the founding families of the Mayflower, highly respected, revered and untouchable. Bronte Casteel, an outcast, a NON by magical standards, is the one woman who can quench the colonel's flaming vibes, literally. She has a sorrowful story of her own, which casts her into the beautiful spirit she becomes as a woman with a power not to be ignored! Their story is a heartfelt journey of pain and hope. I truly could not put this book down until I was finished. I wanted to know what was going to happen next and I was rooting for the couple to win. In the end...well you'll just have to read. Not to disappoint in the least. So if you love a good sci-fi romance, this is the one to read! Well done Anise, I look forward to reading your next book!...Grēta
Hero - Vincent Rallis: 4.0 stars
Heroine - Bronte Casteel: 4.0 stars
Steam Level: 3.5 stars
Plot: 4.0 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes!
Would I read other books by this author: Yes!
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