Marked By Passion, by Kate Perry
Publisher: Forever (Hachette Book Group)
Author, Kate Perry’s book, Marked By Passion is listed as part of The Guardians of Destiny Series, with Chosen by Desire set for release in February 2010. She has other titles in contemporary romance; Project Date and Project Daddy. Kate Perry is a 7th degree black belt Kung Foo San Soo and collects swords. She resides in San Francisco, California with her love, Nate.
Gabrielle Sansouci Chin was just about to have all her dreams come true- to have her art displayed in a gallery with her own show. Problem was, the last two paintings contracted weren’t finished. She just became Guardian of the Scroll and inheriting the artifact mean all the powers of Tu ch’i that came with it. Her dead father’s ghost kept lurking and meddling in her life trying to teach her guardian lessons. Mysterious bad boy, Rhys claims to want to help her but seems to have ulterior motives- Not to mention it was getting harder and harder to ignore their magnetic pull. And to top it off, her brother, Paul, decides to pop back in her life to renew their relationship. She knows it is her destiny to protect the scroll at any cost, just as her ancestors have done for generations, because in the wrong hands, it could destroy the world. But darn it, she just wanted her life back.
If I’m being completely honest, I found two faults with the book. First, it was a bit predictable. I pretty much knew who the ‘bad guy’ was and where the plot was headed, though it kept me interested none the less. Second, I found the way that Rhys fell in love with Gabe immediately was unrealistic- but then again, this is a paranormal romance and it moved the plot along.
The story is told in first-person, usually not my first choice, but I’m not complaining because Kate Perry has a great gift for portraying body language, facial expressions, and dialog- which engage you in the main characters and secondary ones flawlessly to keep you reading and wanting more. I found her quirky sense of humor seeping through into the characters, making the book both steamy and hilarious- A good combination if you ask me. The father, Wu, as the ghost and her mentor, Madame La Rochelle, were brilliant add-on’s for the book and I adored them immensely.
Marked By Passion, by Kate Perry, is an entertaining, witty, and sensuous tale that is guaranteed to have you rolling with laughter and fanning yourself all at once.
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