I received this book from the author and Paranormal Romance &
I received this book from the author and Paranormal Romance & Authors That Rock for an honest review. Oliver Lord is a member of three families of empaths, who are people who can sense and feel others’ emotions, almost like mind reading. The families are the Lords, Dukes, and Barons. After his brother Jasper’s death, Oliver is strongly pulled towards the woman who Jasper spent the last year of his life with. Her name is Zoe Daniels, and she and Oliver know nothing about each other since they have never met before. Zoe, who was madly in love with Jasper before he died, never imagined herself loving anyone else, but after she met Oliver, the desire to know the strange and quiet man grew. She couldn’t explain why he always crossed her mind, and Oliver couldn’t explain why he desired her so much. While they started to get to know each other to figure out the strong pull between them, a member of the Duke family was kidnapped and murdered. The empaths have tried to live out of the eyes of the public because of their abilities, but this crime forces them to come out of hiding in order to get justice. Since the empaths only felt the violent emotions of the crime and have no evidence of what happened, they realize that solving this crime might be harder than they thought. And throughout this hard time in his life, Oliver needs Zoe’s comfort, but when she finds out the truth behind him and his family, will she be okay with it all? Empathy is the first book of the series that revolve around Oliver Lord, Meredith Baron, and Kira Duke; three close friends who are strong and unique empaths amongst the three families of empaths. There’s a quote inside the book that is the family’s motto, and that quote is, “We find who we’re meant to find,” and I believe that is the theme for the three books, which is each of the friends finding their fated person. This book centers on Oliver and Zoe and their growing love for each other. It’s a great opening book that introduces Meredith and Kira as the other main characters, as well as who will be their fated person. I like how the readers not only get to experience the joys of Oliver and Zoe finding each other, getting to know each other, falling in love with each other, while also dealing with the dramas and problems that arise in the book, but we also get that same joy when it comes to Meredith and Kira, albeit on a simpler level since their stories have yet to come. The book also opens up the main antagonistic force, which is the kidnapping and murder of one of their own. The readers never get to know who is behind the kidnappings of the empaths, and just when we think we might get a clue when another incident happens, Wren gives us the, “No no no! Not yet, so keep drooling.” So, we are left with a lot of mysteries, unsolved questions, and a cliffhanger that will continue throughout the rest of the series. All in all it was a great book. The characters, even the ones without gifts, were believable and every one of them had a personality that stood out. No character was the same, and that’s something to appreciate. A lot happened that kept the readers constantly wanting more to develop, especially between Kira and her fated person (that could be me being selfish), and we were never left with a dull moment. There wasn’t a lot of action, but when the action did happen it was explosive and had my heart racing. The only complaint I have with this book, and again this might just be me being selfish, is that for an erotic romance, it lacked when it came to the erotic scenes. There was a lot of build up leading to the love scenes, but when they were actually happening, I couldn’t even tell until it was over. It was like peeling back a Twix wrapper, knowing that behind it is supposed to be the intoxicating candy made with a cookie deliciously coated with a layer of caramel and chocolate, only to reveal the cookie. It was a little disappointing. Since I read a lot of erotic romance novels, I was expecting more passion, more touching, more skin ship, more foreplay, and I was expecting more love scenes too, but again that’s just me being selfish. Other than that, it was a great read. I give this book 4 fangs, and recommend it to those who like reading erotic romance, paranormal mystery, and novels about fated love.
April 2, 2015