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Taken by Storm

Series: Beyond Ontariese , Book 1.0
By: Cyndi Friberg | Other books by Cyndi Friberg
Published By: Anything-but-Ordinary Books
Published: Nov 29, 2011
ISBN # 9780984879809
Word Count: 78,933
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Categories: Romance>Paranormal/Horror Romance>Sci-Fi

Description
Tal dar Aune, a powerful shape-shifting mage, comes to Earth on a desperate quest to find a mysterious woman before his nemesis destroys her. Little does Tal know the “helpless” female he’s come to save is the key to peace on his war-torn world…or that he’ll long to touch her, take her, make her his.

Unaware of her royal roots or alien origins, Charlotte spends her first thirty years on Earth. Then Tal bursts into her life with all the subtlety of a thunder storm. He’s rude, arrogant, and easily the most desirable man she’s ever encountered. With a ruthless madman hot on their heels, they can’t afford to be distracted by the attraction rapidly growing between them, but the emotions are too powerful to ignore.

Royal Obsession, Book One in the new spinoff series (Shadow Assassins) is now available. The story features Echo dar Aune, Charlotte and Tal's daughter. I hope you'll check out.
 
Reader Rating:  starstarstarstarstar (23 Ratings)
Sensuality Rating:   liplipliplip
Excerpt:
Copyright © CYNDI FRIBERG, 2011
All Rights Reserved.

The rock formation separated her cabin from the fire, but flames leapt from tree to tree. The rhythmic flash of strobes assured her the firefighters were near. They would likely contain the blaze long before her cabin was in danger, but she wasn’t taking any chances.

She turned, intending to scrounge for a hose, when an odd flash caught her eye. Something glinted at the base of the rock formation. Was the underbrush on fire? It hadn’t snowed for several days, but it shouldn’t be that dry.

Fear tumbled through her abdomen. One quick gust in the right direction, and her property could join this nightmare. Darting back into the cabin, she dumped the firewood out of its metal bucket and filled the bucket with water.

Smoke stung her eyes and made it difficult to see, but she moved as quickly as her sloppy burden would allow. She reached the rock formation and waved her hand back and forth, trying to disperse the smoke.

A soft moan emanated from the shadows. Oh, dear God, someone was out there. She set down the bucket, wishing she had grabbed a flashlight. Had someone been struck by lightning?

Or had they started the fire?

Suspicion drove her back a step. She couldn’t just abandon someone if they needed help. Taking a deep breath, she started to call out to the firefighters.

Before the cry could pass her lips, some unseen force pulled her forward and buckled her knees. A strong hand clamped around her wrist and Charlotte screamed. She scuttled backward, but the hand held tightly to her wrist.

A man pulled himself from the bushes, using her resistance as leverage. She cried out again as more and more of him was revealed. His chest was wide, hairless, and bare to the frigid night air. Moonlight gleamed off his smooth, pale skin. A long, loose garment hung open from his shoulders to tangle about his legs. The sculpted contours of his chest and arms were offered no protection by the garment.

The man’s other hand found Charlotte’s upper arm, pulling her forward. Long black hair streamed all around him, disappearing into the leafy debris. She couldn’t see his features, but it was obvious he had no intention of letting her go. She tugged against him frantically, her heart hammering in her chest.

He spoke rapidly, but she couldn’t understand his words, could hardly hear him over the roaring in her ears. His voice snapped with authority and urgency. Trembling uncontrollably, she continued to resist.

The intensity in his tone suddenly faltered. He collapsed against the ground, dragging her with him. An exotic, spicy scent filled her nose as she sprawled across his chest. She lay there helplessly for a moment, inhaling the unusual scent. It made her dizzy and weak.
His hand grasped her hair painfully and pulled her face toward his. Charlotte tried to scream, but his mouth managed to find hers through the tangle of their hair.

It wasn’t a kiss. She felt the cool pressure of his lips connecting with hers, but the contact wasn’t tender or intimate. It was as if he were merely forming a seal between their bodies. For a long moment, he just held her there, molding his mouth to hers. She couldn’t move. Was he paralyzing her somehow, or had her fear rendered her motionless?

Her skin tingled. Her muscles vibrated with a subtle pulsation. His mouth moved and the tingling became painful. She arched away from him, struggling to separate their mouths. His hand tightened in her hair and his arm firmly encircled her back.

Charlotte panicked, writhing desperately to break his hold. He rolled over, dragging her beneath him and pinning her against the frozen ground. She felt heat gathering in the center of her abdomen, burning and building, until her whole body shook with tension. Then he drew it out of her, like sucking soda through a straw.

He finally tore his mouth from hers and Charlotte screamed. She shoved against his chest, but he was no longer solid. Her hands passed through him and she screamed again. He shimmered, wavering between substance and spirit for just a second, and then disintegrated entirely.
Reader Reviews (12)
Submitted By: cjlps23 on Jan 29, 2014
The first in the series and there is a great world being set up that I'm sure we will be able to explore more of in future books as well, loved the storyline and the characters drew you in from the first, very well written. Hot scenes but part of the plot and there was caring and aliens. Great start of a new sc fi romance series though could be read as a stand alone as no cliffhangers
Submitted By: najeela on Jan 28, 2014
I'm a fan of Cyndi series (Beyond Ontariese. Her sex scenes always make you fan yourself and the chemistry betweem the main characters is believable. I can actually picture this other world that Cyndi creates in her books. Looking forword to more.
Submitted By: Mink08 on Jan 27, 2014
Loved this book. The storyline really pulled at your emotions.
Submitted By: BonDarKen on Sep 24, 2013
It was sad but at the same time you just could not put it down.
Submitted By: Akashajess7 on Jan 29, 2013
Loved the futuristic scifi magic elements towards this story. The author managed to really make a whole story. It wasn't loaded with the how tos and extra stuff that didn't belong. Loved both of the protagonists. The background in both was great. Their chemistry was off the hock. As my friends say. It really jumped off. The antagonists were really despicable and the secondary characters were great. I am really looking forward to more from this author. And from this series.
Submitted By: tracyj on Jan 20, 2013
This book is great! It has a great plot and characters, good and bad ones. The heroine could have been anyone. Her responses were believable. The hero wasn't an Alpha jerk and the story was fast paced. I didn't get anything done today because I was too caught up in this book. The author did a great job. I hated the story ended. I want more!!! Luckily for me this is just the first of five in the series and they are all priced very well for the word count.
Submitted By: nilotic on Jan 15, 2013
Okay has there been times where you wanted to smack a charter on the back of the head... Here is the book, felt like I was watching a lifetime movie.
Submitted By: sophiarose1816 on Jan 12, 2013
This book combines elements of Sci-Fi with Paranormal romance and I found the result to be a nice blend. I loved the complex plot that had me guessing at times how the characters would get themselves out of difficult situations. The main characters were great and I loved them together. I found the female character strong even when she was fearful because she accepted so many changes in her life w/o getting whiny. Looking forward to more of this series. Recommend to the SciFi Romance lovers.
Submitted By: leahquerry on Jan 11, 2013
Great. I loved how it showed the progress of the overall story line but at the same time was good enough to be a stand alone. It also showed that people really need to get over them selves
Submitted By: shawnyj on Jan 4, 2013
DNF. I'm not sure why, but the "I must have sex to revive my powers" premise didn't work for me.
Submitted By: garcat2 on Jan 2, 2013
This one is a keeper! Part of a series, but is stand-alone. This has aliens, action and is very sexy! You are quickly drawn into the story and the heroine is strong, definitely not the "save me" type. I do not enjoy reading books that leave you hanging at the end, this one definitely has a HEA at the end.
Submitted By: mamalevan on Jan 1, 2013
Hot, sexy, read. Enjoyed the alien edge and will look for more in this series!
 

Taken by Storm

By: Cyndi Friberg
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