Fleeing her recent past, Lilliah Woods finds refuge in the anonymity of the present day inner-city slums. As she settles into the seedy apartment she must now call home, she meets mysterious Marek Jamison when he materializes in her doorway demanding to know who she is. From that moment, he becomes a guardian and guide as she gradually discovers his hidden world.
As their relationship develops, Lilliah learns of Marek's dark past and of a brothers' quarrel he has been embroiled in for years. The quarrel turns into a larger battle of good and evil, liberty versus tyranny, and the separation of love and lust.
With Lilliah as the ultimate prize, the deadly conflict reaches out to threaten her family, and the outcome of the final battle will determine her fate. Lilliah must embark on an unexpected path that teaches her to trust in the man she has come to love, and give of herself as she never thought she could....
One of the joys of being given an ARC is discovering a good book you might not have picked out on your own. The Scent of a Soul is definitely one of those for me. First off, this book is a clean paranormal, romance. I had no problem reading through this story. From the first page I was curious. Some may say that the book is long and I concur that it is long but I enjoyed getting to know Lilliah and Marek and watching their relationship blossom.
So, it begins with us meeting Lilliah as she moves into a very sketchy neighborhood. You can feel her nervousness about doing what needs to be done. She is running from something and is now on her own in a big city far from her small home town. She’s a sweet caring person andfrom the beginning you can see her small town naivety showing through. She encounters some dangerous situations along the way, but the strange man she met the first day in her apartment seems to always be there for her. She can’t seem to figure him out, why is he doing these things for her? How does he always seem to show up when it counts the most?
“He walked towards her with careful, measured steps. There was no look of malicious intent on his face, but Lilliah wondered if she should be afraid.”
Marek, the mysterious neighbor, stays just a mysterious to us as a reader as he does to Lilliah. He’s handsome and kind. He’s rich and always seems to know what’s going on in his neighborhood. However, there’s something about the man that just isn’t normal. He has a secret and a brother with a vendetta. As their relationship/ friendship starts to grow, Marek decides to do something normal with Lilliah. He takes her out on a date. Little do they know that this night would forever change the rest of the relationship and could even destroy it? The discovery of why and what is going on is enough to send Lilliah into a confused state of mind.
As their journey unfolds, new dangers threaten them and an adventure ensues. There were many times that I was laughing out loud with these two and there were times when I wanted to smack Lilliah. But their story isn’t the only one being told. I believe that Mrs.Thompson developed a world and in it was a group of people that we got to know because of it. I think I grew to like just about all the characters. We met many important people in Marek and Lilliah’s life. Through their relationships many people are put in danger. At times, it becomes so suspenseful that I felt like I couldn’t read fast enough. There is so much to talk about with this book that I could turn this into a small book. I don’t know about you but I would rather spent that time sinking into a good book than reading long reviews. My recommendation is that if you love paranormal, clean romance that’s developed slowly but interestingly you have that in this book. I read it in two days. I will say that in the end I think things could have been shortened a little but I understand why the author did what she did. She loved her characters and closed all ends, giving us the neat little package. I gave this book 4 stars.
Jennifer Thompson is a native Arizonan whose newfound love for writing stemmed from her great love of books. She enjoys immersing herself in an engaging story and can always be found with a good book close by. A graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in History Teaching, Jennifer and her husband reside in southern Arizona with their five children. The Scent of a Soul is her debut novel, and with the creative flood gates now opened, she is working on bringing to life other stories waiting to be told.
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