#Review: Love After Dark Anthology: Golden Blood – Melissa Pearl
Gemma Hart lives quite a secretive life. As part of a family that travels back through time, she never knows when she’s going to be summoned, or what it is she’ll be asked to do. She has this gift of time traveling embedded deep within her blood. So much so, that there are times she wishes she were anything but the special person she is. Granted, the rest of her family are the same as she, but it doesn’t lessen the fact that they’re certainly unique.
Determined to make the most of her crazy existence, Gemma has done her best to keep people at arm’s length. She’d rather live her life as a hermit instead of letting others get close to her. She knows it’s because of the fact that she’s different that keeps her from making friends. In her mind, the circumstances are better that way. No one will ever be privy to the secrets she harbors deep within herself.
When she inadvertently saves Harrison Granger from getting into trouble, Gemma soon realizes just how much her life will change. Harrison now knows there’s something odd about her. Something that drives him further in order to find the answers to the questions running rampant through his mind. Deep inside, she knows she should let him go. That she shouldn’t incite his curiosity about who and what she is. Yet she can’t help herself when it comes to being near him. Nor can she deny the stirrings of her own heart, even if it means putting herself and her family in harm’s way in the long run.
A lovely start to this series, Golden Blood immerses us in Gemma’s plight as she tries to deal with the fact that she’s different from everyone else. Melissa’s easy-to-read and gripping story-telling hooks you in from the moment you begin reading. She’s taken real life and blended it with the paranormal in such a way that you truly do wonder if such things she writes about are certainly possible. I’ve enjoyed this book, and look forward to more of the series. Thanks for a wonderful start to the Time Spirit trilogy!
Harrison is running from some school bullies and crashes straight into Gemma. They decide to hide out in a clothing store change room. Gemma’s eyes rose to meet his.
He kept his smile in place. “I’ve always wondered what it’d be like to talk to you.”
“Is that a line?”
“No,” he chuckled and ran a hand through his hair.
Her eyes went stormy and she bit her lip. Flustered, she pushed him away and jumped down. She collected her bag and reached for the lock. “I gotta go.”
“No wait.” He grabbed her hand and froze. His skin was on fire. Looking down at his fingers, he felt the warm licks of flame curl up each digit and spread over his hand.
Gemma’s eyes were huge as she jerked away and rubbed her thumb over her fingertips.
“What was that?”
She shook her head with a frown and backed away from him, crashing into the door. With fumbling fingers she undid the lock and burst out, weaving around the clothing racks and shooting out the door.
Harrison leaned against the frame to watch her. He curled his fingers into a fist then flexed them straight. The warm lick of flame was rapidly cooling. His disappointment surprised him.
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Gemma Hart never knows when her father is going to whisk her back in time. Her toes start tingling and she has a few minutes to find a secret haven where she can disintegrate and appear in another time and place. While “across the line,” her training and skills are put to the test as she completes a mission that will change history for the lucky few her father has selected. Gemma’s parents are adamant that secrecy is paramount to her family’s safety. If people knew what they were capable of, they could be “used and abused”, as her mother always says. Afraid she might accidentally utter the truth and break the ancient oath of her people, Gemma spends her school days as a loner. Only one thing can throw her sheltered life askew… Harrison Granger. Harrison never expected to talk to the strange Hart girl, but after a brief encounter he can’t stop thinking about her. He begins a campaign to chisel away her icy veneer and is met with unexpected consequences. As he slowly wins this girl over, he enters a surreal world that has him fighting to keep his newfound love and his life.