Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Liquid Lies-Hanna Martine

Liquid Lies

Hanna Martine

Berkley, July 3 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425257241

At San Francisco’s Embarcadero, the Company’s Gwen Carroway the Ofarian meets with a new client Yoshi the Primary who says his boss could not make it. She gives him magical Mendacia to help his octogenarian boss Mikatani conceal his amputated foot. However, Yoshi broke the contract betraying his employer and planned to abduct Gwen, but her hidden in water bodyguard griffin saves her. Though she knows better as he is a threat to her Secondary species, she foolishly lets Yoshi flee.

Afterward Yoshi grabs Gwen showing her video evidence he has of her and Griffin using water magic. He demands she keep him safe and half of what her firm takes from Mikatani. A drunken giant Primary intercedes. Reed Scott turns out sober. He breaks Yoshi’s leg and threatens his life before they leave. When he leaves her each knows they are attracted to one another. An avenging woman hires the Retriever to kidnap a target. Only one problem the abductor is Reed and the abductee is Gwen. As they fall in love, they team up to uncover a diabolical conspiracy that shakes both of them to their respective core.

The first Elementals romantic urban fantasy is an exhilarating extremely dark tale based on the unique premise of a pure capitalist species with magical skills for sale to the ultra-wealthy live as Secondary amongst the Primary humans. Filled with love and betrayal, sub-genre readers will relish this fresh thriller as the formula for magic that only the Company board knows proves a stunner.

Harriet Klausner

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