Title: The Long Dark Night
Series: The Seven Sisters Series
Author: Cahira O'Donnell
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2013
Publisher: Dark River Publishing
A woman shrouded in mystery.
One of the prophesized Seven Sisters of the Pleiades, her touch could heal or kill, but once touched, a man was forever obsessed. Talia Martin had lived a life of isolated loneliness by necessity. She was the government’s secret weapon, brought out, dusted off and, once again, put into service to save captured Navy Seals.
A man betrayed by love
Secret Service Special Agent Nickolas Pane didn’t know when he had been more devastated. Even the infidelity of his ex hadn’t shaken him like discovering his kid brother was MIA, captured by the Taliban in Iraq. Then – a mysterious proposal – an opportunity to rescue his brother and the other Seals on the special ops team. He would die to have her and kill to keep her.
She could find his brother, but had to touch Nickolas to do so. Undercover as man and wife, they traveled across the world, insatiable passion flaring between them. While Talia knew this was a mission from which she would not return, her death would free the man she had come to love. Nickolas, determined to bring her back or die trying, desired her more than life itself. He would never release her, or live without her.
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books. I was given this copy by Enticing Journey, in exchange for my review.
Some people will hate this book, they will. I'll tell you why in a minute, but I really, REALLY enjoyed it! Sufficiently different in the paranormal genre, it went in such a way that I was so not expecting!
Talia is psychic, for want of a better word. Her power to see comes with direct touch. But to be touched by Talia is also a sentence to be addicted to her, to crave her above all else. Previous people she helped have died. Nickolas can stand her touch, just, and he needs Talia to find his brother Daniel.
I expected this book to have its ending, its HEA, after the rescue of Daniel. But it doesn't! The rescue of Daniel occurs about halfway through, the rest is the rescue of Talia herself, from the dark recesses of her own mind.
Lakota legends, myths, magics and stories play a huge part in the latter part of this book, and I absolutely LOVED that!! It tells more of who, or more precisely WHAT Talia is, and of her 6 sisters, one each for Daniel, and for Hawk, the breed (book's words!) who manages their ranch.
Now, the controversial bit.
There are two scenes between Nickolas and Talia that are very, VERY borderline, on the edge of non-consenual. Nick uses the word rape, but TALIA, she is quick to point out the Nick gave her the chance to say no, more than once and she didn't take it. She explains why she needed it, why she needed Nick, she just didn't know what to do. After the first time, the second isn't as shocking. Again, Talia is given the chance, more than once, to say no, and she doesn't. Talia needs Nick, in a way she never needed anyone, or anything before. Its the only human connection, physical or emotional she ever had, or will have.
It says book two, Hawk's story is out soon. But this book was published in 2013, and its not yet on Goodreads or Amazon. I know, cos I looked! I do wasnt to read it though, we get a bit at the end of this one, and its piqued my interest! I so wanna see how these 7 books play out.
**same worded review appears on Goodreads, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk**
Having been brought up overseas and living with local families in many cultures, Cahira O’Donnell has a rich history to draw upon. Throughout her life and her travels she has been a dedicated student of shamanism and an explorer of the esoteric realms. Being psychic herself, Cahira’s real-life experiences with the supernatural infuses her paranormal romance writing with profound accuracy.
Armed with her history, combined with a degree in Psychology and a deep understanding of human nature, Cahira creates stories that are engaging, dynamic, realistic and boldly erotic.
Cahira now lives in the beautiful mountains of Colorado where she enjoys a quiet home, beautiful scenery and immersing herself in the art of storytelling.
To learn more about Cahira and her novels visit: www.cahiraodonnell.com
Nickolas Pane played by Kevin Costner
Talia Martin played by Diane Kruger