On Detective Sean Barnett’s first day at work his police dog’s reaction to a bee sting requires an emergency visit to the town vet. Dr. Al’s swift, efficient response averts immediate danger, but when Sean asks Allison to dinner, he opens the door for a terrifying danger -- an ancient, time-traveling enemy who will stop at nothing to keep them apart.
Dr. Allison Green’s heart-pounding attraction to King’s handsome owner, Sean, sends her to her family’s reference on love, the diary passed down from her great-grandmother that goes back centuries. She delves into references to animal helpers, ancient artifacts and the ruthless woman whose goal is to destroy love for the woman of the Heartmark.
When she is overwhelmed with ancestral memories, Allison realizes the extent of the danger posed by their enemy, and the deranged terror that threatens her chance at love.
There is nothing so evil as this woman scorned.
Mildreth's sword shone blood red, raised above the couple's heads, as she swore she would keep them apart. Aleena pressed closer to Colin, cold fear curling in her chest. She cried out when a steaming drop of blood fell from the sword tip and burned into the flesh of her bare shoulder, leaving a heart-shaped mark. She clung to Colin's encircling arms, even though there was little warmth in his chest at her back. He must be as chilled as she was. Aleena was unable to breath as terror and pain swirled around and within her.
"Know from this mark that not only you, but also your daughters, will be hunted by me across the generations. They will have great tribulation in love, and a sword shall divide them from the mate of their soul."
With an angry cry, Mildreth moved her sword in a swift, slashing arc, the tip leaving a cold breeze as it barely missed Aleena's cheek, aiming for the ivory that lay on the ground in front of her, accurately dividing in two the broach that Colin had presented to her as a wedding gift. Before the beauty of their lovemaking. Before the horror of Mildreth's appearance.
A flash of evil green sparked at the division, but before it could grow it was countered by a ball of golden light coming from a motion of the Prophetess, who appeared at Mildreth's side. Mildreth backed away from the warm glow of goodness and love that countered her evil intent. Before hope could rise in Aleena's breast, the Prophetess turned sympathetic eyes on her.
"I cannot take away the Mildreth's anger and evil intent, but I can give you hope." The voice of the prophetess was as soft and airy as a summer breeze. "If Mildreth is intent on doing wrong to you and your daughters, I will protect you, at least in part. She can only intervene before wedding vows are taken. Her desire to hurt your daughters has backfired. She will be thrown through time by her evil desire to harm you and yours, generation after generation.
"You," she pointed the wand at the cowering enemy, "will be the instrument of your own evil anger, doomed to live through generations, to find each offspring of Aleena, and to prevent her happiness if you can. You cannot do actual harm to them or those who love them, but you can attempt to derail their happiness if you must. I pray one day you will see the error of your hatred and replace it with love -- but until you do, you may attempt to keep those who love apart from each other."
Posted by Maria Sadowski on 26th May 2013
Animal Instincts is the first novel in the Time after Time saga, following a line of cursed women as they struggle to find happiness. This book is set in 1977, and tells the tale of Allison, a veterinarian in the little town of Medicine Springs, Missouri.
Allison's life is perfectly reasonable until a normal morning takes a twist for the unpleasant when an old friend, Meredith, bangs on her door, in tears over a man's betrayal. To make things better, Meredith wants to kill Allison's cat. The day grows even stranger as a newcomer to town comes running into the clinic, carrying a large dog acutely ill from a bee sting. Once events are set in motion there's no stopping destiny, and Allison soon finds herself in the middle of myth, epic love, and mortal danger.
I enjoyed the book, especially the parts with the cat and the dog. When it comes to the love story I kept forgetting the book was set in the 70's and not in present time, and thought, "Oh come on, just do it already and get it out of your system."
Tami Dee and Lynette Endicott work well together, and it's impossible to figure out who wrote what. The characters are believable, the book is a pleasant read, and I loved the portions with magical objects, ancient documents, and the wonderful prophetess. I would absolutely recommend it.
Posted by Stephenia McGee on 4th Feb 2013
These ladies have really hooked me into a new series, and this is exactly the kind of series I like. Each of these books will follow a different member of the family line and are all tied together by the same curse, yet stands alone as its own story.
Book one is well written, engaging and captivating. The fantasy elements are unique while never being unbelievable. The main characters, Allison and Sean, both possess artifacts that hold very special powers and yet draw them under an ancient curse against their love. If they can figure out their enemy and stop her in time, her vengeance can be thwarted. Each is also given an animal protector to guide them and protect them in their greatest time of need. The bond between human and pet is highlighted, giving depth to the story. It is also integrated well, each character having a reasonable explanation for having an ever-present pet (He is a detective with a police dog, and she a vet).
The story has plenty of action, intrigue and mystery, and kept me turning the pages. The romance develops and unfolds beautifully, with shared kisses and a sweeter heat level.
The writing collation is seamless, the story is captivating, and the series is inviting. I recommend this book to any readers who like a clean romance, a bit of mystique and a flash of fantasy. I am definitely looking forward to the next book!