Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
The Blurb:Rayla Tate’s life is about to turn vertical…again. As if it wasn’t bad enough her mother disappeared under questionable circumstances leaving Rayla to be raised by her aunt in a horrendously small town. Her overprotective guardian is determined to ruin Rayla’s life. She refuses to let Rayla out of her sight or out of the state. Provincial living might be what her aunt demands of her purposely sheltered niece; but, Rayla has other ideas. In a desperate attempt to follow her dreams she flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend toward a bright future in the art world.
However, excitement over her newfound freedom turns into terror when she is chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. When his motorcycle suddenly morphs into a fire-breathing pegasus, Rayla questions her sanity. Worse, the man riding next to her stirs a burning desire in her soul she has never known or could have ever imagined. Using all the will she owns, she manages to resist the compulsion she feels; yet, as he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn't gone far.
Rayla quickly dismisses the encounter to her overactive imagination. She is determined to settle into her new life, yet the images and feelings of that night still haunt her. To make matters worse, her aunt seems to be in on the act, insisting that Rayla will soon be hunted by a pack of fae lords for a power over the elements she never knew she possessed—a power that could change the world. Quicker than she ever thought possible, she finds herself surrounded by stunning men that all seem determined to win her heart. Why does she feel drawn to each one of them? More importantly, what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.
Five is book one in the Elemental Emnity Series by Christie L. Rich. Let me start off by saying, I loved this book! Loved it! Five brings you fun characters, an exciting plot, and handsome fae lords that kept me up all night reading. Rayla is a very relatable character. I think everyone had that yearning to get out there, spread their wings, and see what life was all about. The fact that she had five unbelievably handsome guys chasing her the moment she got to college added to the fun. Especially as the story progressed and you learned more about Rayla and why they wanted her. I'm no sold on her best friend, Cassie yet. I know she has her own drama going on, but she didn't seem like a good friend to me. Back to Rayla, she has these guys throwing themselves at her, and you don't know who to trust or who has hidden agendas. Plus, there is a secret society that's scheming behind the scenes. I felt like each character has purpose within the story. I'm a big fan of Onyx! He had me curious even before I knew his name. I'm Team Zach, but I'm not sure I totally trust him either. Luke is growing on me too. Decisions! Decisions!
Five by Christie L. Rich was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing now. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I am enjoying family time with my husband and two children. We live in a quiet community under the Wellsville mountains in Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with. Don't forget to check out my interview with Christie L. Rich!
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