The first book in the Lost World series, published June 20, 2010.
Haunted by tragedy, FBI profiler Rife St. Cloud is driven to find the person who brutally attacked six women. Unfortunately the only survivor, Keva Moon Water, has no memory of what happened, and the evidence makes her the prime suspect. Keva cannot die. She has waited a thousand years to be reunited with the man she loves, whose soul sleeps within Rife. Though he refuses to believe her claims of immortality, there’s no denying the passion that burns between them. Keva desperately hopes their sexual connection will be enough to awaken Rife’s memories of the love affair that started a war and bound their souls together for all eternity. But when Keva’s own memories come trickling back, she realizes that a future with Rife depends upon confronting the mistakes of the distant past…
I was very flattered when I was asked by Colette (A Buckeye Girl Reads/Cozyonthecouch blog) to review a new book by Misty Evans, called Soul Protector, and participate in her blogtour. I have never done that before. But I have been thinking about that, after all, I have been blogging for 2 years now. Time to do a little bit more, but not too much, as I hate “reading on command”. So yes, that big banner at the top of my blog means, I am going to participate in my very first blog tour! And if I like this, I will probably be open to some more blog tours. I do like doing something back for the authors whose books I enjoy reading.
When I found out that Soul Protector was the second book in a series, I really wanted to read the first book first. And so I rapidly got both books, and I decided to start that same evening with reading. The blurb really interested me. I’ve finished the first book in one night, and have been thinking about it all every now and then. How am I going to write a coherent review about this book, without spoiling too much?
Keva Moon Water is the Chieftess of the Moon Water Clan, or rather, she was that a thousand years ago. She was supposed to marry the son of the Chieftain of a neighbouring tribe, Enann. But all Keva saw in her visions, was another man who was her Soulmate, and death and destruction for her clan. When she met Kai, Enann’s half brother, she knew he was her Soulmate, and she choose him. Kai was supposed to force her to marry his brother, and unite their tribe’s, or kill her, so her sister could marry his brother. But instead, he fell for Keva, and they became lovers.
Enann witnessed that, and he plotted his revenge on the couple carefully. He poisoned them, and forced Keva to kill Kai to safe the rest of her clan. As Kai was dying, Keva had no choice but when she used magic for personal gain, something went horribly wrong. Through the soulbond, she would find Kai again, but instead of dying with him, she became Immortal, for ever waiting for her lover to re-incarnate. And now, a thousand years later, they meet. Over the slaughtered bodies of the last members of her family, her Clan.
Enann was also cursed, and forced to relive that same day over and over again. But he used his time to grow in his magic, to try to change history, and to plot his wrath. And now he has learned to travel through time, and he wants to bring Keva back with him, so she will become his wife after all.
Kai has been re-incarnated as Rife St. Cloud, but he has no memories of his previous life. He is attracted to Keva, even though he cannot afford more scandal to his name. He is a FBI agent, a profiler of serial killers, and he has come home to Wolf River, Oregon, for a vacation. His grandfather is the Sheriff there, and he asks him to consult on the crime scene. Keva appears to be just one of the victims, but when Rife comes near her, she revives.
Rife gets permission to question the witness later in the hospital, but instead of questioning her, (she could of course also be the murderer!) he helps her leave the hospital against doctors advice, and takes her to his grandfather’s house with him. He can’t explain the strange connection he feels for her, the need to protect her, to keep her safe. But when she explains everything, as promised, he just can’t believe her. For him, as an FBI agent, he only believes in what he can see, and prove in Court. Re-incarnation? A ghostly shaman who is the killer? That is just bullshit!
And Keva starts doubting. Is he really her lover re-incarnated? If so, why doesn’t he remember her and their past together?
And then Enann appears, and all they can do is what Enann wants, or loose each other for ever.
A very intriguing story. Mixed with tales from the past, with magic, and shamans / Native Americans. The power of love that lasts through the ages. One determined woman, who will keep her loved ones safe if she can. There was very little time for Reva and Rife to get to know each other in this life, but Reva did feel that Rife was an honorouble man, even when he did not believe her. He would not give her over to the other FBI-agents, or take her to police headquarters to question her.
I liked how Rife got his memories back little by little, through visions. Not only the good memories surface, also some very painful and difficult ones. And even though he at first refused to believe in them, in the end he had no choice, and acted as he had to. They had an enormous attraction between them, but they did not give in to it immediately, which I liked. O there are some love scenes in this book, and they are pretty hot (to my tastes, that is). And our bad guy, Enann, wow, he is truly evil. An ancient serial killer, who enjoys causing pain and grief.
Misty Evans has a nice writing style, very fluent and easy to read. The story is told in third person, but still somehow from multiple points of view.
I liked the ending of the book, how everything came together. But I did wish for a little bit of humor or lightness in the book, as the overall tone is a bit dark and sad, and urgent. It all happens in a few days, now and in the past.
This book is only available as ebook and audiobook, but some of her books are for sale at Bookdepository. I can especially recommend the Witches Anonymous books, as they are really fun and sexy.