In this paranormal romance/thriller, a daimon ex-soldier and a Swedish artist unite on a mission and in the bedroom.
Maelcom Skov-Baern, nearly 100 years old (his ID says 33), is a daimon, a species related to humans whose members can alter their forms. First introduced as a supporting player in Naberius: Daimon Soldier (2017), Maelcom is the star of this tale, having retired as a warrior in Denmark’s Special Forces to focus on daimon-related intelligence issues in Europe. Going to a Stockholm bar to investigate a report that could expose the existence of daimons, Maelcom meets Agnes “Nessa” Gustafson, 26, a pacifist artist. Her lodger, an intelligence analyst, filed the report. Maelcom rescues Nessa when she’s almost raped, and when he tells her the edited truth about his mission, she decides to help (although the lodger is a fairly harmless conspiracy nut, he and his associates need looking into). Nessa and Maelcom couldn’t be more different, physically and otherwise, but they feel a strong mutual attraction and have in common a history of trauma. As the two track down information, visit a music festival, dodge dangers, fight bad guys, and have narrow escapes, erotic heat sizzles between them. This challenges Maelcom to hide his true form from Nessa—and to conceal from himself the daimon mating urge, a more serious matter than hooking up. In her follow-up to Naberius, Bigel (Sorcha in Snowflakes, 2017, etc.) provides a well-integrated backstory and exposition, making this a winning stand-alone novel. Also successful is her blend of romance, spycraft thrills, and the paranormal, bolstered by thoughtful psychological exploration of her characters, particularly the PTSD theme. Both Nessa and Maelcom have reasons to admire each other’s courage, and Nessa’s emotional intelligence is a huge asset; in her own way, she’s as protective as the big, strong ex-soldier. Bigel nicely builds up the itchy, teasing heat between her protagonists, leading to erotic scenes that are well-written and steamy. More than that, Nessa and Maelcom just plain like each other, in a way that the author always makes believable.
Enjoyable on every level, with exciting action, erotic romance, and psychological insights.