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Betrayed Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 2008
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"Haunting, hypnotic and powerful, Jamie Leigh Hansen's Betrayed is a welcome breath of fresh air for fans of paranormal romance."--Deidre Knight
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Yes, it is THAT good.
If you're looking for a truly great romance read with a complexity of character growth and plot, do yourself a favour and give this a shot. Strong heroine. Amazing hero. Spot on emotional explorations. Fantastic sculpting and growth of characters. Packed love story. Raw writing. Loved it. One of the few romance novels I've come across where the characters are showing emotional maturity in their decision making processes, and the feelings are not libido induced 'lustfest'. Really enjoyed reading it.
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This time two enigmatic strangers intrude on her cycle of life and death by gifting her; some might say cursing her; with the knowledge of her past lives. Still as she eludes her constant predator surviving his assault for the first time in their millennium contest, she still has to figure out how to break the curse that has left her dead nine times and Dreux locked away in a prison.
This engaging romantic fantasy uses flashbacks to tell what happened in the past so that the audience obtains a strong tale in which through nine lifetimes hate has proven stronger than love. Readers will believe angels populate the earth; all seeking redemption with some of them being evil. BETRAYED is a superb battle in a war between good and evil fought on a battlefield of undying love.
The story is told with various flashbacks, mostly to the time that Kalyss (then called Kynedrithe) and Dreux first met, but also to other times when Kalyss was killed by Kai. The main part of the story is set in 2004 where Kalyss is recovering from an abusive marriage and has learned self-defence and become a stronger person than in her previous nine lives. However, in order to gather that strength she has sworn off romantic love, instead feeling a strong brotherly bond with her friend Alex. When her memories of Dreux start to reappear, as they do at some point each lifetime, she has a chance to deal differently with the situation because of her changed nature. However this time Geoffrey has set things in motion so that Dreux is rescued from his statue state and is a living, breathing man again. Dreux and Kalyss have to try to rescue Alex and Geoffrey who are kidnapped by Kai but also to learn about each other and to understand how they are both different from the couple that married almost a thousand years before.
The story is rather patchy with some really good parts but other parts that dragged, particularly the beginning. The writing style was good, the characterisation believable (although Dreux was possibly a bit too good to be true) and the setting well described. The flashbacks worked quite well and enabled the author to gradually reveal parts of the plot to the reader as the story progressed. There were some additional characters, including some angels, which were perhaps a bit overcomplicated but overall the story was well told. It's certainly an original idea for a book although I sometimes felt the attempted marriage of reincarnation, the Christian God, angels, curses and undying people didn't quite all fit together.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book, [...] © Helen Hancox 2008