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Pandora's Gift - by Jennifer Lynne
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Category: Contemporary
Length: Novella
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Flint McCallum is a man on the edge of darkness. He has returned from the Middle East to start a new life with his teenage son, but the memories of conflict are too strong and the rage in his heart threatens to destroy everything he touches.

Even his relationship with his son.

Thirty-one year old Pandora Paige is an artistic free spirit with a mystical gift. She offers a helping hand to troubled souls to guide them out of the dark.

Towards hope.

From the moment they meet in a bar on the bayside fringe of Melbourne, these polar opposites are destined to join together in a blaze of passion – a blaze that Pandora hopes will be strong enough to blast away the darkness keeping Flint captive.

But her number one rule – to stay detached – becomes harder to maintain as she becomes more deeply ensnared in the intriguing force of Flint’s magnetic yet troubled personality. She is afraid of his darkness, even as she is inexplicably drawn to it, and wants more strongly than ever to be successful in her quest to help him reach the light.

For Flint it was meant to be one night of passion. A walk on the wild side where he could forget the dark thoughts pulling him down, enjoy some damn good sex with an intriguing woman and walk away emotionally intact the next morning.

The perfect one night stand.

The last thing he expects is to encounter the mystic forces that make Pandora what she is. Forces that he doesn’t believe in on a rational level, but that seem to be drawing his emotions to the surface as fast as he tries to tamp them back down.

In his experience, giving in to emotion can be dangerous.

Giving in to emotion can get you killed. Yet in the course of this one incredible night he finds the very beliefs on which his life has been built seriously challenged by Pandora. He discovers there is such a thing as magic, and he opens up to her in a way he never thought possible. In doing so, he exposes himself at his most vulnerable.

Pandora, in turn, finds an emotional connection with Flint that she never expected, and it frightens her to feel dependent upon another.

They know only each other’s first name. And yet each of them understands the other more intimately than anyone has ever been allowed to in the past.

The exposure is too overwhelming for Flint and he does what he would always do when faced with the raw honesty of emotion.

In the grey light of dawn he runs.

As fast and as far from Pandora as he can get.

But Pandora has learnt through their brief hours together that their lives will be entwined beyond this one night of desire. She discovers that a free spirit is only really free if there are no shackles holding it prisoner. She begins her own journey toward overcoming the fear in her heart and opening herself up to the potential of love.

But it seems she has left her discovery far too late – both for herself, and for Flint, the man who has unlocked her heart.

Flint has been caught up in his own internal battle between the seductive allure of the dark and the generous gift of light that Pandora is offering. Their futures, now firmly interwoven, balance on a knife’s edge.

Is Flint too far gone to accept her gift and begin the journey forward towards healing?

Towards hope?

Or will the attraction of the dark prove too strong and drag them both into the dangerous shadow lands where light and color are just a dim and distant memory?

To My Readers: I love the excitement and allure of the dark side, but to me it is always important to stay within reach of the light. The dark and troubled Flint was in my mind for quite a while before I wrote this story, and I knew he needed a strong and unflappable heroine who would not be afraid to reach into the darkness and offer a guiding hand. I think there is no one else who could have touched his emotions the way Pandora did – I hope you agree that these two are made for each other!

ISBN: 9781603105040 1603105042 Publication Date: 07/2010


ISBN #: 978-1-60310-504-0
July 2010
Red Sage Publishing
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Pandora Paige is a lively, unrestrained woman with an extrasensory gift that helps her to guide distressed people out of the darkness of their despair. She assists them toward overcoming their emotional upheaval and urges them to embrace the healing powers she can bestow on them. Her talent is something she cherishes, but in order to continue to alleviate the shadows, she needs to remain aloof from the souls she helps.

Flint McCallum is a man shrouded in darkness, a man who does not give in to his emotions. He is rational and logical and his military past has taught him that sentiment can be deadly. He keeps his anger and despondency bottled up inside and his internal struggle is taking its toll on not only his sanity but also his relationship with his son.

Flint is inexplicably drawn to a strange bar one night where he finds beautiful Pandora. Passion ignites and he cannot deny the connection and attraction they share. They come together for one night of unrestrained pleasure where Pandora uses her special gifts to help Flint expel the deep darkness in his soul. This couple could not be any more opposite, but the night they share marks them both in ways they never thought possible. What happens when they need it to be more than just one night?

Jennifer Lynne weaves a contemporary romance with the feel of a paranormal. It is magical and mystical, filled with passion and compassion. Pandora is a fantastic heroine. Her artistic and creative nature make her the perfect counterpoint to the austere and serious Flint. This story is full of steamy scenes and entrancing interactions. I love the other-worldly descriptions of Pandora's sculptures; the sensuality combined with the artistic flare made it fascinating for me to read. I am usually not a fan of the tormented, somber leading man; I prefer my men with a lighter side, but this hero is just that -- a hero. He has demons that haunt him, and the fact that he worries over his son makes him more attractive to me. The relationship between the main couple, although abrupt, comes across as genuine. I was honestly a little confused at the beginning of the tale as it seemed to focus on Pandora's powers, and I did not know what direction the story was going to take, but I will admit to completely enjoying the outcome.

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

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