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Wonderful Erotic Fantasy Romance,
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This review is from: Healer's Touch (Paperback)
Aru, once an immortal Darjhan, finds himself betrayed, cast out from his people and fallen. Now he is a mortal Omahru-azhi, walking dead. If anyone knew the ramifications of what that meant, it would freeze the blood of those who knew. And he's a healer among the mortals. All he has left to keep some semblance of honor within himself is the marriage vow to his wife, Zharina, whom he has not seen in centuries. But he knows that now that he is no longer a Darjhan, Zharina no longer holds her vows sacred as Aru does. But still he battles his urges to find comfort and release with another woman, clinging furtively to that last string of honor.
Viera, once a prostitute, is now Aru's healing assitant. The power they are able to wield together is stronger, more intense. And the way they go about it is very unique--a nice touch to the rules of this fantasy world. She wants Aru. As she knows he wants her, but she knows he is afraid to take that step and sever the last thread of honor he holds of his marriage vows. But what she doesn't know, is that there is more to his battle to remain aloof to her advances. His fear of who he now is--Omahru-azhi.
In a moment of weakness, Aru finds himself standing in Viera's room. And the voyeuristic games begin. For several nights the two find pleasure watching the other masturbate. In Aru's tormented, sexually deprived mind, he felt he was not breaking his vow because he was not actually touching Viera.
Viera forms a plan in order to hopefully make Aru put aside his misgivings and touch her at last, the way lovers would by bringing another person to his room, to taunt and tease him, make him crave her as he watches another touch her and her touch another. Make him wish it was his hands, his mouth on her body, as well as her mouth and her hands on his body. But not a man. She doesn't want him flying off in a jealous rage.
Viera approaches a woman that her and Aru recently healed, Inella. Inella agrees to help Viera, because she wants to experience passion, arousal, completion, that she had never experienced in her years of marriage. But after her healing, and the feelings it provoked within her--the healing power is an extremely sexual one for both the healer and the one being healed--Inella agrees and Aru is dismayed yet terribly and painfully aroused when they enter his room and do to each other what he wants to do to Viera.
In a moment of utter weakness, Aru does something that was so damn neat. It brought a tear to my eye. It was a unique twist that I thought was perfect. But Viera finds her plan backfiring after that incident when Aru tells her she must leave...now. And that they can no longer heal together. But it's not over! Aru cannot remain fighting the intensity of his urges toward Viera, and when that time comes...let the sparks fly!
I must say that I am so damn pleased I stumbled across this author. Aru's torment in denying himself the pleasure he wants more than anything within the arms of Viera was felt each time you were in his perspective. You feel the turmoil of his emotions, his yearning for Viera.
The scenes with Viera and Inella, wow! I am most definitley a fan of f/f and m/f/f. The two together was extremely well written. Viera and Inella shared some tender moments that I thought were just wonderful. Of course, one scene did nothing but torment the stuborn Aru. Well, I suppose they all did, but one more so due to the nature of it.
Yes, in a way Viera used Inella with her ploy to break the bonds that hold Aru back, but Inella only wanted to experience passion that she hoped Viera could ignite within her and ignite within her Viera did. But the bonds of friendship that soon forms between the two women sets into motion a budding romance between Inella and a most unlikely man!
This was truly an erotic romance, not merely explicit scenes. With the voyeurism so prominent throughout, it plays on your senses. The book is not riddled with explitive words, but has scenes that are highly charged regarding the nature of them, rather than the blunt usage of nouns describing anatomy.
Without a doubt, I am a fan of Ms. Saell and will continue to follow her work as it's published. Her compelling prose will grip you and sink under your skin.