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Expected Release Date: June 20, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website: http://www.readmistyevans.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series:  No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Hot

Official Blurb:

Haunted by tragedy, FBI profiler Rife St. Cloud is driven to find the person who brutally attacked six women. Unfortunately the only survivor, Keva Moon Water, has no memory of what happened, and the evidence makes her the prime suspect.

Keva cannot die. She has waited a thousand years to be reunited with the man she loves, whose soul sleeps within Rife. Though he refuses to believe her claims of immortality, there’s no denying the passion that burns between them. Keva desperately hopes their sexual connection will be enough to awaken Rife’s memories of the love affair that started a war and bound their souls together for all eternity.

But when Keva’s own memories come trickling back, she realizes that a future with Rife depends upon confronting the mistakes of the distant past…

52,000 words

FBI Profiler Rafe St. Cloud is on leave from the agency and is one step away from suspension when a brutal murder in his hometown drags him back into unofficial action.  Driven to find the killer who butchered six women, he’s astonished to find that the only survivor not only miraculously recovers from her wounds, but claims to have no memory of what happened, and yet insists that she’s over 1,000 years old and that he is the reincarnation of her soul mate, Kai.  Convinced that she’s insane, he cannot explain away the connection he feels with her, nor the flashes of memories that he knows cannot be his own — that of a warrior in an ancient Native tribe.

One thousand years ago, a binding spell gone wrong ensured that Keva cannot die. Shattered by the violent deaths of women she considered to be her sisters, she immediately recognizes the soul of her long-dead lover in Rafe, yet Rafe writes her off as insane. Knowing she only has a short time to awaken Kai’s soul in Rafe before she must disappear from his life forever, she counts on the intense sexual attraction that flares between them to kindle his memories, but a depraved stalker from her past is determined to punish her for her earlier rejection of him and to destroy everything she loves.

What worked for me:

  • I was initially worried that Keva would only want Rafe because she recognized that he possessed Kai’s soul, but that fear was quickly put to rest as both her feelings for Rafe developed, and her own actions proved that she wanted Rafe because of the man he was, rather than who his soul had once belonged to.
  • I adored Rafe. A modern man struggling to incorporate memories of a past life, he was a fiercely loyal, honorable man who was willing to fight for justice in all walks of life. It didn’t hurt, of course, that he was as hot as sin either 😉
  • This story is told in both real-time narrative and flashbacks. Normally I might find this distracting, but the insight into the characters, as well as the delicious heat level of some of the flashbacks made me much more forgiving.
  • I actually really liked the insights given to Ennan’s character. Despite the fact that he was obviously a bit of a sadistic monster, I ended up feeling rather badly for him, and felt that he was a bit of a victim of the times. His ego couldn’t handle the slight that Keva had dealt him, and he’d had a thousand years to nurse his bitterness over the events between them, and while on one hand I despised him, I loved that Ms. Evans made him more human than a simply caricature of a villain.
  • I really enjoyed the Native American mythology that was incorporated into the story. Rather than using a few rituals and a deerskin outfit or two as set dressing, Ms. Evans managed to spin a world that was rich and realistic despite the fact that there was so much actual plot action in those scenes.
  • The ending was absolutely beautiful. I refuse to say more and spoil it, but suffice it to say I was incredibly satisfied with how things worked out.

What didn’t work for me:

  • The pseudo intellectual in me was a bit put off by some of the time paradoxes that theoretically should’ve been created by the time travel in this story. However, this was a small issue, and I willfully suspended my disbelief, simply because the time travel was a result of magic rather than technology and therefore in my opinion, some of the streams of continuity shouldn’t apply.  Readers who are very picky about time-paradoxes may find them a bit distracting though, which is why I mention it.

I admit, I had a little bit of trouble getting into this one.  There wasn’t anything specific that made me reluctant to continue reading, but I must say that I’m glad that I continued, because it turned out to be an incredible story.  I was a bit wary at first of Rafe being the reincarnated version of Kai, simply because I didn’t want Keva to love him simply because of Kai — Rafe was such a strong character in and of himself that I wanted her to love him for him, and I wasn’t disappointed. While Keva’s connection with Rafe was initially caused by her recognition of Kai’s warrior soul, she fell for him rather than expecting him to be Kai reborn, and for that I was incredibly grateful.

I hadn’t initially realized that this was somewhat of a time-travel romance, and I wish I’d have known that ahead of time. I am such a sucker for time-travel in romances, despite the mind-boggling time paradoxes that could be created, but I choose to believe that since magic was the source of the time travel, some of the “rules” shouldn’t apply.

Sensitive readers should be aware that a previous pregnancy loss is heavily mentioned.

Overall, though, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The simple fact that Keva and Rafe were soulmates was incredibly appealing, but much more so was the fact that they fell for each other independently of that connection.  The love scenes were delicious, and the ending was incredibly satisfying.

Recommended for fans of starcrossed lovers, fighting against fate, and a love that spans the ages.

A very solid 4/5 Stars.