"A Enchanting Beginning to a Unique Paranormal Series"
Jack Harris works for a P-Cell an undercover branch of MI-5
which is the equivalent of a paranormal SWAT team. He had
become a demon hunter after watching helplessly as his
partner had been brutally murdered by a particularly nasty
specimen. Now he sought revenge, for Monica and for the end
to the possibilities he'd been too afraid to explore with
her. The world would be a better place without paranormal
entities in it. Or so he thought until he met Mersey Bane.
As a Cadre initiate, Mersey works for the opposition. The
Cadre is a hermetic order, initiated by the first Earl of
St. Yves, whose mission is to keep the balance between the
dark realm and the mortal one. Their members trap demons
rather than destroying them like the P-Cell death merchants.
They then interrogated them and either returned them to the
dark realm or cataloged them if they were too dangerous to
Jack's approach to the job is black and white, it's either
kill or be killed. He is totally unaware of the collateral
damage caused by his methods until the two meet while
tracking the same demon. The attraction between them is
undeniable, but Mersey had been told by her mother that
there was only one man for her, her chosen mate. A barbaric
death merchant could never be "the one". Or could he?
Following their encounter Jack is assigned to follow Mercy
and discover the whereabouts of the Cadre. Although he is an
expert tracker she always manages to give him the slip until
she decides to use their attraction to teach Jack the error
of his ways. The truth seems the best way to begin but Jack
is totally taken aback to discover that this beguiling woman
is not quite human. Watching her transform takes Jack back
to his childhood and a memory he had tried hard to forget.
She was one of them, a paranormal entity but she was also so
much more. She believed in him, thought he was a hero, and
trusted him enough to lead him, the enemy, to her home in
the hopes of making a believer out of him.
If this first offering is any indication the series is
rightfully named Dark Enchantments. Mersey and Jack are
enchanting together and as individuals, each fighting the
darkness to bring the other light. Willing to sacrifice
their very lives for the other, these two personify what
true love is all about. And what a love it is to survive a
powerful demon, a fairy's enchantment, and the price
demanded to leave the Cadre. It is a love that dwells in the
heart, for they are soulmates, they are destined to be
together. The ending is only unusual in that for these two
it is just the
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted September 11, 2007