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Immortal Becoming (The Enlightened Species Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Wendy S. Hales
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Disillusioned
Following on the heels of Illusion, indie sensation and New York Times best-selling author J.S. Cooper brings us the second novel in the Swept Away series, a trilogy of dark and sexy romances about a woman marooned on an island with a man who may be her captor.

Book Description

Jess Reed is unaware of what it means to Become, she only knows she struggles in groups of people, due to psychic overload. While teaching self- defense to police cadets, she discovers Shane, who holds the answers she so desperately seeks and ignites her passion.
In five hundred years Shane, a Volaticus warrior, has never encountered someone on the cusp of Becoming completely unaware of what they were. He should turn Jess over to the Symbiosis of Species Council, SOSC. His attraction to her along with her ability to enrapture him with a smile bars him from it. He rightly suspects that this female is his bloodmate.
Empowered by Shane's love, Jess's life is launched into a world of unimaginable passion where enlightened species walk among humanity.


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About the Author

I look out my window at the Rocky Mountain. I have been blessed with an amazing family and wonderful friends, especially my husband, children and sister, who believe in me even when I am unsure of myself. Their support gets me through the good times and the bad. I enjoy boating golfing, reading and spending time with my family. Writing is my passion and my lifelong dream. Thank you for reading my books. Please visit my website at: http://www.wendyshales.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 850 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wendy S. Hales; 2 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074U5FT0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story! March 16, 2012
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This is one of those books that has it all! It's a great love story and the worldbuilding is fantastic! It's so different from anything else I've read. Jess and Shane just came alive! There is danger, mystery, the emotions are passionate and intense. I loved the amazing psychic and physical power. Immortal Becoming is a book you could read over and over again. And the cover! I LOVE it!! It really caught my eye. Can't wait for the next one in the series!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Start to a Great Series May 7, 2012
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Despite being (from what I can tell) a fairly new author, Wendy Hales creates a remarkably captivating world in her Enlightened Species series. Immortal Becoming, the first out of two books and a novella that have been released at the time of this review, is the first book of this series, and I have to give it five out of five starts. Hales does an excellent job of creating multi-dimensional characters that the reader instantly attaches too, Jess and Shane being the first of many. Without revealing too much of the plot, let me say that the dynamic between the two is one of the best that I have read in a "Adult Paranormal Romance" series yet (although I must say, I am by no means an expert in the genre, yet). The plot and conflict in the book is believable, and makes it very difficult to put the book down for even a moment. The nuances in the characters personality make the reader wish they were real. And, to my delight, the excellent writing continues into the next books. The only downside to the book was some slight editing oversights, which may be unique to the Kindle edition (or not), but which do not at all detract from the captivating read. I highly recommend buying this book, and the rest of the series, especially if you can get it for the low kindle price of three dollars. I would have gladly paid at least 10 for this book. Enjoy the read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars strong start, weak finish August 2, 2013
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Plot had great bones but could have been fleshed out better. Interesting takes on new species, the concept of bloodmating, et cetera. Story got cheesy/confusing/boring fast. The lovers barely made aquaintance before getting engaged. The family trees were hard to keep straight. The battles at the end were cookie-cutter similar. Overall, disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating...and disappointing July 13, 2013
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The world building in this tale is fascinating, having a paranormal mythos with unique abilities, original species, and a congruent back story. So interesting! The character development, pacing, interpersonal dynamics of the characters, plot, and the writing itself also show signs of excellence. Unfortunately, the author's focus on developing the sexuality of the characters, their sexual relationships, and the sexuality story line leaves other aspects of the characters, their relationships, and the storyline not nearly as well developed as they could be. Unless your goal is to savor sexuality, the graphic sexuality detracts from main story.
Finding this fascinating story left underdeveloped is disappointing. I feel like I bought a whole loaf of bread, but only received half the loaf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars eh July 29, 2013
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at first it was ok, but it just got way too confusing. I couldn't tell if it was supposed to be paranormal or sci-fi. I couldn't even finish. I got it for free so I didn't waste any money. to the author, sometimes simple is better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a new series October 23, 2012
By Pat O.
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5stars actually - Great start to a series ***CONTAINS SPOILER***

I found this gem lounging in my TBR pile while looking for a book to fulfill some specific requirements. Once again the synopsis made me eager to read and I dove in as quickly as I could and was completely pulled into the storyline.

This quick and easy to read novel has a little different and enjoyable take on elven & human folk (vamps don't exist in this world) as it introduces us to a great new series. Sweetly shy Jess Reed has been plagued with various biological maladies for since her mom died ten years ago and she met her mysterious Aunt Moira.

Enter "heartstoppingly" gorgeous Shane Einar ready to assist Jess whenever and however she's willing to accept it. Through Jess's eyes and with Shane's guidance we're educated in all things Elven; a bit of Jess's unknown past and some steamy sensuous scenes between the leads. Both of the lead characters and the secondary characters voices were strong enough to provide a well rounded view of what was happening and why while building a coherent world. The plotting and overall storyline were great in addition to the wonderful action pieces which all worked to provide a rainy afternoon of pleasure.

While I felt the mechanics of the story were all on target, I was a bit uneasy that Jess was so accepting with the Elven lifestyle and its impact on her having never heard any of this before. I bought the attraction and the "sacrifice" completely but couldn't go along with how easily Jess jumped on board. Also, where the villain is personified, the tone of the book seemed to slow down a bit making the pacing a tad choppy. There was also a large gap for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars editing...editing....editing July 9, 2013
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So many good books are being ruined due to such poor editing. This is the case with this book I'm afraid. How can we possibly go on with a series, when the writing/editing is so poorly done? Even if all the books were free, I don't think I could endure it. Good plot, decent character descriptions, but.....meh, so so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting world she has created here. I look forward to learning more about the characters and societies.
Published 5 months ago by JenLou
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book. I think I will buy the second ...
Really good book. I think I will buy the second book. I really like books that have HEA and don't leave you hanging. This one did that. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Octopus91
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
First time read by this author, and I am pleasantly surprised. Just a really interesting and entertaining read.And the whole "bloodmating" thing? H.O.T, hot. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Confessedbiblioklept
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This author has a great imagination! I admire that.
Published 8 months ago by Loyde H. Warren
3.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE CONCEPT
I don't know why but I forced my way through this book. I really love the idea of this series but found myself skimming a lot. Read more
Published 10 months ago by RIN
4.0 out of 5 stars Different Sort of Paranormal
I always like a book that creates a new world and beings that inhabit that world. And oh yes a romance is always good too. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lorna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start
Great start to the series. Tons going on so definitely something that is engrossing. Characters are totally fleshed out. Will be reading the next in the series
Published 10 months ago by Bacharleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Becoming
I haven't read any Elven novels but I found this book well developed and plot worthy. The characters were well connected and described for my understanding. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars meh (mild spoiler)
This book has a ton of great reviews and very few bad ones. I guess I'm in the minority, but I found myself constantly annoyed at this book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
I enjoyed Shane and Jess story and the world/species that Ms Hale created. Jess is a rare person to accept the things she was shown so quickly. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Crazi.aboutu
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I live in the heart of Utah where I can look out my window and see the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I feel very blesses to have an amazing family and wonderful friends who encourage my creativity and writing endeavors. My husband and I own a small local coffee shop and I enjoy boating, golfing, reading and spending time with my family.


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