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September 6, 2008

Review: Immortals: The Redeeming by Jennifer Ashley

The Redeeming by Jennifer Ashley

In 2007, there was a four book series called “Immortals” written by three popular authors, Jennifer Ashley, Robin Popp, and Joy Nash. The series was about five brothers, children of a mortal father and different goddesses. Their destiny was to preserve the balance between life magic and death magic, but as the years passed humankind forgot about them and they each went their separate ways. I enjoyed reading the series, but was always bothered that the last brother, Tain, didn’t really get a happy ending. He got rescued from the ancient demon torturing him, but he didn’t get a woman for himself like his brothers. I don’t know who and I don’t know why, but I do know that I’m glad to see the series picked up again. “Immortals: The Redeeming” by Jennifer Ashley is the first book of the series continuation and finally, Tain gets his happy ever after.

Tain was held captive and tortured, mentally, physically, and sexually, for 700 years by a demon. It’s been almost a year and a half since he and his brothers won his freedom. He’s spent that time trying to heal, but he lives in fear that the darkness he was inundated with for so long, and still occasionally suffers from, will overtake him. If that happens, it will be a very, very bad thing. Not just for Tain, but for everyone on Earth…because what Tain never told anyone else is that those years of torture also made him more powerful than the rest of his brothers put together! Tain also never let on that far from being ‘rescued’, it was contact with the half-demon Samantha that brought him back to himself and gave him the push to help save himself. But do his constant thoughts and dreams of Samantha mean he loves her? Or do they mean he’s being drawn to her because of her demon side?

Samantha has always lived as a human. She has struggled her whole life to tamp down any demon-like urges. She worked hard and finally won a place in the paranormal division of the LAPD. Her job is to stop crimes, whether against human, demon, vampire, or anything else. It’s all she ever wanted to do. Well, almost all. She’d also really like to ‘do’ Tain. After she was injured helping in the fight to win his freedom, he’d healed her, flirted with her, and then turned around and walked away. She hasn’t seen him since, except in her dreams. Until one night, in a vampire bar…

Jennifer Ashley can write a heck of a novel. Her ability to draw the reader in and breathe life into her characters is just one of the reasons I never pass up one of her books. Her novels never drag, and her characters don’t have to resort to TSTL (too stupid to live) moments or wildly reaching actions because her plots and pacing flow like fine wine. Her characters don’t talk too much or too little. There’s a little first person and a lot of second person to help the reader understand the whys and wherefores. And let’s not forget the heat. Grab a facecloth because you’re going to need it. It’s hot, but it’s also moving because it comes from feelings and not just scratching an itch.

“Immortals: The Redeeming” is a darn good read. I expect there will be quite a few folks looking for the first four books in this series once they read Jennifer Ashley’s newest. As for me, I’ve already accepted that I’m hooked all over again. I’m also pleased that the publishers were nice enough to schedule the next two books in this series for publication in September (The Crossing, Joy Nash) and October (The Haunting, Robin Popp) so I don’t have to wait too long for my next fix. I’ll also be ‘haunting’ Ms. Ashley’s web page at http://www.jennifersromances.com/  to make sure I don’t miss out on her upcoming novels whether they’re under this name or her alternate pen names: Allyson James (sexy paranormals) or Ashley Gardner (historicals).

Until next time…

 

Reviewed by Julie

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