"Is love truly color-blind?"
For Cassy Thompson, having Chandler Raven make love to her
is a dream -- really, that's what it is. Increasingly, she
has been having very explicit dreams about this man, dreams
she has very little chance of ever fulfilling. Unless, that
is, she uses the Talisman. Passed to her by her dying
grandmother, it is a small charm with a great power. It has
the power to bring the possessor a lifetime of love -- or
unhappiness, if not used correctly and wisely.
Chandler has a ebony figurine given to him by his
grandfather. Cassy looks amazingly like it, which is
perhaps why she figures so prominently in the very erotic
dreams he has. Yet Chandler is convinced that he and Cassy
must not become lovers, not necessarily because Cassy is
black and he is white, though this does play an
unacknowledged part in it, but more because she is his
employee. Of course it does happen (this is a romance,
after all) and when they do finally get together, there is
something about it that seems like they've been together
before. Now they must find out why this is so, and if the
attraction they feel for one another is really their own.
This was a very good romance, with a plentiful amount of
sexual content. The story deals a lot with the bi-racial
relationships. Though I'm not really in a position to judge
this type of situation, the actions of the characters came
across as very genuine to me. I think it was handled well.
Chandler has a very interesting friend, whose
story, "Bloodlust II", is also available from Ellora's
Cave. I do wish the actual origins and functions of the
Talismans would have been made a bit clearer.
Sensuality--NC17. Fairly descriptive sex; anal sex; blunt
Personal note: I feel that Ellen, Steve's (Chandler's
nephew's) mother should have been admired for standing by
her convictions, also, instead of coming off a the mean old
bad momma. This part of the story really bothered me, even
though her actions could be attributed to prejudice.
Reviewed by Flora Bell
Posted March 5, 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 18, 2006
The last thing Cassy Thompson and Chandler Raven expected was to find themselves battling a mutual and inexplicable case of Jungle Fever. Or it would be inexplicable, if not for the fact that they are the great grandchildren of Louisiana born and bred lovers who were forced apart by their families near the end of the nineteenth century. Before the ill-fated lovers parted, they exchanged two talismans, which were then passed down to their grandchildren, who used them improperly and spent their lives in an aimless search for love.
Now in possession of the talismans, Cassy and Chandler begin having erotic fantasies and dreams of each other. As Cassy slowly succumbs to the lure of her talisman (a small golden figurine of a mating couple), the line between her feelings for Chandler and those of her long dead great grandmother for Chandler's great grandfather blur. Can a couple driven together by the power of magic remain together or have they, like their grandparents before them, become slaves to the talismans with the same heartbreaking results?
Publisher's Note: this title is loosely connected to the Bloodlust series.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Genre: Paranormal / Interracial
Book Length: Novel