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Twice Tethered: Sexy Sci-Fi Urban Fantasy with a Twist. (Tethered Wings Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Now that said, the author kept the characters very real the story compelling. I actually had a good amount of empathy for both main characters. Really enjoyed the read and have advanced purchased the next inn the series.
It is Priya Desai’s first day at a brand new job. Priya is human and right after grad school was lucky enough to land a job at Genetic Realms Corporation. Priya lives in the country of Vega, a country where humans and sensari can live and work together in harmony. Sensari are beautiful winged people. When a sensari meets their fated mate, they “tether.” This means that they are bound for life, they can hardly stand to be apart from each other for very long. They can communicate telepathically. Their hearts are no longer their own. A sensari only tethers once in their lives.
Priya is mesmerized by the beauty of the sensari and loves that she will be working with them. What she didn’t count on was when she met one of her two bosses, Morgan Steele, that she would feel a bone deep crushing attraction to him, a pull so strong she could barely contain herself. She’s convinced he felt it too. This is most definitely not what she needs to happen on her first day. So she vows to keep her distance. This works, for awhile, until it doesn’t.
Morgan Steele will always love his now deceased wife. He can never give his heart to another. But when Priya walked into his office, his body reacted like it hadn’t in over five years. Since he lost his wife. He has no idea what is going on but he can’t seem to turn it off. The next few weeks he barely sees her, until the night that changed both of their lives forever.
Circumstances bring Morgan and Priya together again and they can no longer deny their attraction. But the morning after a night of intense passion, Priya wakes to find her world tilted on it’s axis. She is transforming. This should be impossible. There are a few cases of humans tethering to sensari and being transformed but Morgan was already tethered. It’s impossible for it to happen again, isn’t it?
There are other countries that hate the idea of sensari and humans living and working together. Hybrids such as Priya are thought of as abominations. How was her transformation brought about? Could it have been genetically engineered? Priya finds herself in the middle of a media storm. There are also those that would like to harm her. On top of all of that, Morgan refuses to acknowledge that he could be the one that initiated her transformation. He keeps himself aloof and distant although he accepts responsibility for helping her through the transformation. Even with him so close, this leaves Priya feeling empty inside. It’s an emptiness that only Morgan can fill.
I am just in love with this book. I loved the characters. I am particularly interested in the president of Vega. It seems like there might be a story there. And the story of Morgan’s friend and partner, Christopher was so touching. And then there is Tara Newton, who also works at Genetic Realms. She is the resident computer hacker/tech expert. Most of all, she is just a good friend to Priya. This book was steamy as heck, sweet, suspenseful, and just plain fantastic. I couldn’t put it down. I feel like I’m not saying enough to do it justice. So just take my word for it and pick it up. I hope you fall in love with it just as I have.
While some sensari look at all people and see equals and friends, a large contingent of sensari insist on the old ways. Humans are no different, demonstrating both extremes of the tolerance scale. Vega is the newly formed nation that welcomes both sensari from Mandori and humans from Anarica. While it seems, at first, to be a rather simplistic political structure, the actual complexity of the situation is revealed bit by bit in this first book in the series.
It is the conflict between the narrow-minded of the world and the good people of Vega that makes me appreciate this book and, indeed, will keep drawing me back to the series. Ms. Priestley has created characters to complement both sides of the conflict, good and bad, that should also endure through the series.
Main characters Priya Desai and Morgan Steele are the romantic story. The beginning of Twice Tethered depicts the attraction between the two that is immediate and profound. And confusing to both characters, but more so to Morgan. Having been tethered once before, after the death of his wife, Morgan was sure the attraction to Priya was only physical. Don’t you love it when life surprises you! When Priya’s transformation is triggered after a night with Morgan, his reaction was just what it should be in his situation. Even if it was not at all what you would want it to be.
Morgan’s enemies, who are also the enemies of his company Genetic Realms engineering, and of Vega, will use Priya to create an international scandal. But it was not just a scandal. There was a mystery to be solved. What exactly happened to Priya? Could her change have been engineered? And if so, what will the implications be?
While the international situation unfolds, Priya and Morgan must work out their own complicated predicament. A little humor, a lot of drama and a generous dose of sexual tension make their romance compelling and something to cheer for.
Secondary characters Senior VP Christopher Gotti, Security expert Tara Newton and Vega President Damon Forester all have crucial roles. Tara often supplies a bit of levity to the situation, but can get down and serious when needed. Christopher and Damon – well, they are powerful heroic men that can fly. Do I need to say anything else?
This world reminded me a bit of another author’s fantasy series that features dragon/human hybrids called Morgans. Is it a coincidence that the main character’s name is Morgan? I think not. In fact, Ms. Priestley does credit her friend, author Juliette Cross’ Night Wing books, for inspiring the Tethered Wings series. I am certainly glad Ms. Priestley read those books!
I love the thought of being able to fly, so winged characters are naturally appealing. Twice Tethered draws on that fantasy and enhances it in an intriguing, intricate world full of amazing, complex characters. I found a new series that I am going to have to read!
The author provided a copy of her book so that I could bring you this honest review.