A Regency-era paranormal series about a clan of shape-shifters and telepaths who have lived secretly as humans for centuries.
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Can you believe it’s already May??? To celebrate the swift passing of 2014, R, S & TB is going to spotlight a deliciously sexy series called The Imnada Brotherhood. The spotlight post will take place throughout the entire month and there is an awesome contest to go along with it. The Inmnada are a species of shifters nearly wiped out by the Fey. They are now starting to emerge from hiding in regency England. These are their stories.
Imnada Brotherhood 0.5Published November 20th 2012 by Pocket Star
One very passionate and very scandalous kiss separated university student Justin McKeegan and professor’s daughter Kate Lacey. Now five years later, Justin, the new Lord Duncallan, receives an unexpected summons from Kate’s father begging him to come to Wales. When Justin arrives, he finds Professor Lacey has vanished while studying a mysterious ancient obelisk, and everyone blames the nightwalkers, sinister creatures said to haunt the surrounding remote Welsh mountains. Do these legends point to the existence of the Imnada, a race of shape-shifters said to have died off a thousand years ago? Or is the professor’s disappearance the result of a very human villain? Justin and Kate are determined to find out the truth, knowing it may be the only way to find her father.
Even as they work to unravel the mystery, they find that they’re not the only ones interested in the obelisk and the lost race of Imnada. Treasure hunter Gilles d’Espe believes the ancient dolmen is the focal point of the shape-shifters’ power and would do anything to lay his hands on the last of four silver disks he needs to unlock the dolmen. A disk that hangs around the neck of Justin McKeegan. While Cade, a local villager, is determined to refute both the claims of nightwalker sightings and the power of the dolmen as superstitious nonsense.
Justin and Kate soon find themselves fighting for their lives. Yet every hour they spend together makes it harder to lay aside the bitterness of the past and a very new and very real temptation.
She felt the moment James gave in, the second he reached his point of no return, hesitation changing to hunger. It should have frightened her, this single-minded power stringing his muscles and hardening his gaze. Instead delicious heat seared its way through her body, chasing away the shadows that lurked, the endless days that lay like a wasteland ahead of her.
Closing her eyes, she shoved the future away, concentrating on the present. On James’s hands as they caressed the slope of her shoulder, the curve of her breasts. On the shivery trembling in her limbs as he lay a trail of kisses behind her ear, down her throat, inside her elbow, the curve of her palm.
Behind her, the fire blazed up in a shower of sparks, the air growing warm and fragrant with flowers. She opened her eyes to discover walls of rough-hewn stone shimmering into flawless white marble that rose into the arch of a domed and frescoed ceiling, thick carpets where once she stood upon cold damp earth, an enormous bed hung with damask curtains, a silken coverlet drawn aside to reveal linen sheets.
“How can this be?” she gasped.
A sheepish smile broke over his rugged face. “Fires are not all I can conjure. And I told you I spent much of our years apart in study. I just didn’t happen to say what sort of study.”
“Is it real?”
“Like the jewel I offered you, for tonight, it’s as real as you or I. But come the dawn, the magic will burn away like dew before the sun.”
The flecks of gold within his unyielding gaze gleamed brighter and brighter until she saw nothing beyond the brilliance within his eyes. When he finally blinked, she caught back a breath. Gone were their heavy winter coats, mufflers and boots. Vanished were layers of damp woolens and cold stockings. James wore a velvet embroidered banyan sashed at the waist while she felt the slide of perfumed silk against her bare skin.
“Tell me, Katherine,” he asked quietly. “Is this truly what you want?”
She reached up to cup his cheek, half-expecting him to disappear in a shine of Fey-born magic. “It is.”
Even though this is classified as a novella, it was a complete introduction to the Imnada series. I would not have enjoyed the series half as much, I don't believe, if I hadn't started here. While the main characters Kate and Justin are not Imnada, they are essential in bringing the Imnada to light, and breaking lose Lucan, an ancient Imnada from King Arthur's time.
There are a lot of elements at work in this story. Kate and Justin are "Others", beings of Fey decent who have varying degrees of magic. They believe the Imnada to have been wiped out by the Fey. They also have a turbulent history and are fighting a misunderstanding and what each perceives as a hurtful betrayal. In between looking for her missing father and trying to fight their feelings for each other, the Imnada are gathering and trying to protect their secret.
This was an very exciting, fast and tumultuous read that threw me into Alexa Egan's new world and make me very excited to jump into the next book. At this point it's hard to tell the good guys from the good. There are plots afoot and the winners are uncertain. Join me on this sweeping journey that promises romance, mystery and fun.
Alexa Egan lives in Maryland with a husband who’s waiting impatiently for her fame and fortune to support them in a new and lavish lifestyle, three children for whom she serves as chauffeur, cook, nurse, social secretary, banker, and maid (not necessarily in that order), one cat, one dog… and twenty-seven fish.