Marked By Passion
Gabe Sansouci is NOT happy when a courier delivers a scroll to her. She knows what that means. Her estranged father must be dead and she is the new Guardian of the Scroll of the Earth, one of five magic Chinese scrolls. She was born with the identifying birthmark designating her as the Guardian when her father died. But when her mother died when she was 18, she left her father, older brother, and the scroll behind, disappearing up to San Francisco. She concentrated on her art work instead, disappointing her father.
Now she works at a neighborhood bar in a so-so neighborhood of San Francisco while she finished up paintings for her first gallery show. She is excited about the show and for the chance to show her work. But when the courier delivers the scroll instead of the expected contract, she is angry.
She is angry that she is stuck with the responsibility she never wanted. She is angry her father never gave the scroll to her brother Paul, instead, who wanted the responsibility. She is angry because she is suddenly filled with the power of the tu ch'i. If she doesn't control it, she could cause the earthquake that would send the city into the ocean. She is angry and sad that her father is dead. Gabe is also angry at her father, or rather his ghost. It seems he comes with the scroll. And she is angry because the tu ch'i won't let her paint. She has work to finish for the show, but she's blocked.
Within a day or two she realizes there is more going on. Someone is following her. Her father keeps harping that she has to get back into fighting shape. Then there is the mysterious, dark, wealthy looking Brit (actually he's Welsh) who keeps coming into the bar and watching her. Soon Rhys is following her around. What does he want?
The only good thing in her life is that her brother shows up and they are reconciled. She wonders if she can give him the scroll even though he doesn't bear the mark. But between the tingling of her birthmark and the burdensome power of the tu ch'i, she isn't sure that would be safe for Paul.
Trouble has followed the scroll. Gabe's life is soon threatened. Who can she trust? Her ex-boyfriend Jesse? Her brother? Carrie, one of the women who works at the bar with her? Rhys with his magnetism? Can she even trust her father's ghost?
Kate Perry has taken the smart, sassy female/mysterious strong male romance novel and given it a fun paranormal twist in Marked By Passion. She is building a myth of the five scrolls with another book or two to follow. She uses Gabe to show the problems of having super powers rather than the benefits we usually see. Gabe's tu ch'i is dangerous if she doesn't control it. She's out of training, so she doesn't control it well. She's also resentful of it and its impact on her earlier life.
Rhys moves in shadows at first, giving the reader (and Gabe) tantalizing glances at his full character. He is perfect for the secrets he eventually has to reveal. Every woman reading this book will want to tell Gabe to just give in to him. Yet he is daunting and she is overwhelmed with everything that has happened at once. She is smart enough to know that things aren't as they seem.
This is an enjoyable, easy read, paranormal romance. Marked By Passion is a good escapism read.
Notice: Explicit sexual content; Non-graphic violence
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