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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: Tagan's Child by Amelia Ford / @pumpupyourbook @ammyford1

Title: Tagan's Child
Author: Amelia Ford
Publisher: Carroll Publishing
Release Date: September 24, 2014
Genre: Sci-Fi, Suspense, Romance
ARC Received From: Pump Up Your Book

“His terminology struck me as odd and then I realised he was talking about Toby. I snatched my hand from his and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up like the hackles on a dog. The unease I felt when I first saw him returned…”

The day after the first anniversary of her sister’s death, twenty six year old Sophie McAllister is paid an unexpected visit from a handsome stranger who delivers some disturbing news about her eight year old nephew and ward. Just when Sophie thought her life was getting back on track, she is forced to put her trust in a man with an extraordinary secret. She begins a perilous journey that not only threatens everything she holds dear, but also challenges her innermost fears. Does Sophie have the courage to defy her enemies, face her fears and open her heart to a man who promises a future that is out of this world?

A captivating love story about one woman’s struggle to protect, let go and love.

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I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would. The synopsis is what grabbed my attention, but I wasn't sure what to expect as it doesn't do the story justice. It was definitely more sci-fi than romance, but the romance was woven into the science-fiction and adventure effortlessly.

Ahran and Sophie's relationship was complicated from the beginning, yet it was Ahran who came to terms with attraction faster than Sophie did. Oh, she thought he was sexy as hell but was, at first, slightly put off by his hot-and-cold behavior toward her. One minute he was slow smiles and smoldering looks, the next he was colder than a damn glacier. Maybe it was because he was attracted to her that he acted that way. I don't know, but it sure made Sophie's trying to figure him out entertaining.

The only problem was they were both in relationships. Ahran was engaged and Sophie was "seeing" someone. But attraction still simmered between them regardless. To act on it or to not act on it?

And while their romance budded and grew, they searched for Sophie's nephew Toby. He'd been kidnapped by a power-hungry woman from Ahran's world, a parallel universe with similarities to Earth. Looking for Toby wouldn't be easy. Ahran wanted to go it alone but Sophie wasn't having any of that. Their adventure to find Toby took them across the world as their desire for each other gained momentum until they woke in each others arms.

This was a nicely paced story about a woman desperate to find her nephew and return to her normal with him, and the man who helps her, the man she falls in love with. Locating and finding her nephew might have been the challenge at first, but the challenge now is learning to trust Ahran with her life and her heart. This book is definitely for anyone wanting a story that's deep, where the imagination runs wild in Ahran's universe, where lust and love burn brighter than the sun, and a happy ever after can happen even when the chips are stacked against you.

Amelia Ford lives in Kent, UK with her husband, three children and a variety of four legged and feathered friends. Tagan's Child is her debut novel.  She is working on her second novel due to be released later this year.

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