Friday, May 14, 2010
Shadowlight is the first novel in the Kyndred series by Lynn Viehl and an Onyx Paranormal Romance.
With just one touch, Jessa Bellamy can see anyone's darkest secrets, thanks to whoever tampered with her genes. What she doesn't know is that a biotech company called GenHance has discovered her talent, and intends to kill her and harvest her priceless DNA.
When GenHance is poised to strike, Gaven Matthias is forced to take action. After months of tracking Jessa, he abducts her himself so he can protect her in his underground fortress.
Matthias tries to explain what she is and how she can protect others like her, but Jessa has a hard time believing the one man whose secrets she can't read. She senses he's hiding a terrible truth, and yet his touch ignites a passion she's never known.
As a monstrous assassin closes in and forces them on the run, Jessa will have to find another way to discover whether Matthias is her greatest ally...or deadliest enemy.
Shadowlight was an okay read. :)
Jessa Bellamy can see anyone's secrets with just one touch of her hand - so it is understandable that she rarely touches anyone. This makes her seem cold and standoffish - and prevents her from any type of social life. Jessa chooses to use her ability as a way to make a living - forming Phoenix, Inc. - a company that runs background checks for new hires. Through Phoenix, Inc. - Jessa has come in contact with people who have a criminal background - and she has anonymously contacted the authorities about their criminal behavior.
This has brought Jessa to the attention of GenHance - and they want her. GenHance knows about Jessa's ability and they want it for themselves.
Gaven Matthias is also aware of Jessa - and the interest that GenHance has in her. He is determined to save her from them - whether she wants his help or not.
I did not enjoy this book as much as I did the Darkyn series - even though a few people from the Darkyn series made an appearance. I'm thinking I just need to give it a little time. I had difficulty shifting gears from Darkyn to Kyndred...but I am not giving up.
I give Shadowlight 3 out of 5 stars and I am looking forward to the next installment in this series - Dreamveil, due out in June, 2010.