Rene Walker is a classical scholar who lends her expertise to movie productions so that she can finance trips and research projects in Egypt that she could otherwise not afford. When collector Michael Tajnoor loans his priceless collection of artifacts to Datura Studio as a publicity stunt to kickstart a nationwide tour of the objects, Rene just can’t resist using her keycard to sneak into a soundstage for a closer look. She’s particularly fascinated by the Altar of Anubis, a chunk of polished basalt that dominates a room full of golden statues and gilded goddesses. But she is not alone…
Murdered when she interrupts a robbery, Rene wakes up in the arms of Imeut, a handsome healer who is convinced she is his long-lost love, Reynar. Everything about Imeut is pleasing, from the scent of spices that clings to his skin to the timbre of his voice, but Rene cannot remember him or the life he insists they had to together. Nor does she remember Selesma, a vengeful beauty who has a grudge against Reynar that has been nursed for millennia. As Imeut passionately guides her through her reawakening, Rene glimpses the rewards of loving an immortal. (Let’s just say his ministrations give new meaning to the phrase “sexual healing.”)
Vremont’s 30-page story is packed with vivid imagery, sensual detail and inventive situations. Rene is an everywoman whose response to finding herself in an afterlife she has never even imagined is realistic and makes her sympathetic. And while Imeut is one hot hunk of immortal love, she’s wary about some of the customs of this new land where she finds herself. Imeut proves to be quite persuasive, however, and Rene finds herself welcomed home in a most unusual and gratifying way.
Readers who are dainty about four-letter words being used to describe body parts may bristle at the language, but Vremont’s instincts for what will arouse readers are spot on. The sexual magic she conjures is satisfying.
- e-book, digital format
- Publisher: Changeling Press
- Book Length: Novella
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1-60521-104-6
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