The return of a mysterious man from her past upends a ballerina’s life in this paranormal tale.
Mia Allistair should be enjoying her career as a ballerina with a prestigious classical troupe. But on the night of a major performance, she is overcome by the feeling she can no longer dance and skips her curtain call. Discouraged, she quits the company and turns to her longtime boyfriend, Alex, for support. On the drive home, they are involved in a serious car accident and saved from certain death by Gabriel, a man who offered Mia support during a difficult childhood. As a teenager, she fell in love with him, but he disappeared from her life without explanation. Now Gabriel’s back and offering Mia help with her career and finances, but things have changed. Alex is pressuring her for a commitment, and despite her love for Gabriel, she may accept his proposal. After Gabriel’s arrest for kidnapping, he reveals to Mia that he is part of a group that captures and rehabilitates Nephilim. She believes he’s involved with a cult, but her loyalties are soon tested. Stutz’s (Bodysculpting for Bombshells, 2016) novel offers a captivating mix of romance and paranormal mystery. The tale’s key strengths are its adroit structure, appealing protagonists, and well-drawn supporting characters. The story opens on a strong note, with a poignant description of Mia’s personal and professional crossroads followed by the dramatic accident that brings Gabriel back into her life. Stutz’s skillful use of flashbacks establishes Mia and Gabriel’s shared history, adding a layer of emotional depth to the main story. Mia is a sympathetic heroine whose concerns about career longevity are particularly well-drawn. She is complemented by Alex, whose obsession with 1950s-style relationships masks a dark side, and Gabriel, a man whose love for Mia compels him to keep her safe even if it means he may have to make a dangerous choice.
A multilayered blend of romance and suspense with the right amount of paranormal intrigue for fans of the genre.