Book Blurb :
In Brightam’s Ford, a storm is coming. Ranch owner Jasper Borland and the rest of the townspeople have been rushing to prepare for the months of destructive weather the wet season brings, but with their limited technology, survival can be a struggle in itself. When Jasper finds a lost, injured young man on his property, he has no choice but to take him in. At least he’s quiet.
Unable to speak, the young man communicates by projecting his thoughts—a process that hurts anyone he isn’t touching. Since most people fear him, that means everyone but Jasper. Soon Jasper learns his guest is a telepath, a northerner named Tobias Thatcher, who is searching for his kidnapped sister, Samantha. Hesitant to leave and wary to stay, Tobias must find his sister before the men who took her follow through on their plans.
When the men come for Tobias, he can remain at Jasper’s no longer. But Jasper can’t let him go out alone. As the storms begin, he and Tobias set out on a dangerous journey to save Samantha and uncover the truth.
On a world slightly similar yet vastly different from our own we meet Jasper and Tobias. As they journey together in hopes of finding and saving Samantha, Tobias’ sister who was kidnapped a little over a year ago.
Having coming to the end of the dry season, Jasper is working on finishing up the last few things he needs to complete before the wet season begins, bringing on severe storms that can last all day and well into the night, raging down one after another, easily surpassing a month or longer. When an earlier storms hits, with just a small taste of what’s to come, Jasper sees a man huddled next to his barn, and without a moment of hesitation he braves the storm to bring the man in to safety.
Tobias is from the North Country and can only communicate by projecting his voice or thoughts out to others. However, being within the inland, he soon realized it causes pain to those who are not open to psychic energy. When he touches them the contact causes a slight buzzing sensation.
I, um, projected. Not to make you feel anything you weren’t feeling, he added quickly, but to share what I was feeling.
While they work together getting ready for the storm, trouble looms close by. The men who took Tobias’ sister are now after him, even willing to break in at night during one of the early storms and take a risk at grabbing him. Miraculously somehow Tobias escapes the men, and Jasper, while out with two of his close friends, find him, bringing him back to the house just as the next storm hits.
It’s after that encounter that Tobias’ need to continue on and his hopes of finding his sister alive take stronger root, he is certain he was only grabbed because she is still alive. Against his better judgment and because for some reason he can’t bear the thought of Tobias going alone, Jasper agrees to battle the storms and bring Tobias to the coastal town where it’s believed Samantha is being held.
The journey is fraught with peril as the storms grow stronger and more frequent with every passing moment. They are being followed by the same men who tried to kidnap Tobias before. The race against the storms brings them closer together.
Comfortable? He turned so he could look Jasper in the eyes, his shoulder sliding a little from under Jasper’s ear.
“Yeah.” Though he shouldn’t be comfortable the way he was slouched down on the hard wooden floor, his back pressed against the unevenly plastered wall.
Good. And then Tobias twisted; his shoulder slipping out from under Jasper’s ear as his hand came up to cup the back of Jasper’s head. Jasper blinked, opened his mouth, and closed it as cool, rain-wet lips pressed against his.
Just as they are within react of Shaleton, the coastal town, their truck breaks down, forcing them to find shelter in the woods for the night’s storm, only to wake and find the men who’ve been chasing them have finally caught up. They somehow stun Jasper into unconsciousness and make away with Tobias.
Amazingly enough, Jasper’s two friends have arrived ahead of Jasper and are waiting for him in Shaleton. Together they must find a way to save Tobias … but at what cost?
While I did enjoy this greatly, I felt it dragged on longer than necessary. The connection between Jasper and Tobias is slow going, but sweet. Jasper is wary, cautious but undoubtedly drawn to Tobias, while Tobias is curious, determined and maybe a bit overanxious at times. I really liked the aspect of the wet season, a time of raging storms brought on one after another, of houses built with hidden safe rooms to block out as much of the storms as possible. It was a new and interesting take on a different world. It was a fun read and I’d give it 3 couples.
Pubisher : Dreamspinner Publishing
Source : Publicist provided for review
Released : February 25th 2013
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