by Jacquelyn Frank
5 of 5 Stars
In a world where emotion can be a deadly weapon, one slight, battered runaway holds the key to a dark and twisted enigma..."Drink Of Me", she whispers, her silver eyes trusting, pleading. What female dares speak such words to one of the Sange? His people are scorned by every race for their fierce sensuality, their fearful rituals. And as Prime, Reule is the most telepathically gifted of them all. But nothing has prepared him for the intensity of emotion radiating from the outlander rescued by his Pack. Terrified, tormented, but beautiful beyond measure, Mystique shatters his legendary control. As she reaches for him in the steamy heat of the healing baths, he knows this blind need can have but one end...
I LOVED IT!!!
There aren't very many books that can draw that kind of enthusiasm out of me.
The book starts right off and the pace is wonderful. The plot moves along almost effortlessly, while characters draw you in.
Jacquelyn Frank has created an entirely new mysteriously supernatural world in Drink of Me with a great twist on vampires, demons, and...others.
Reule is Prime of his people. Having been forced off their land when he was young, he led his people through the wilderness to a new place where they have built their home/town, and have earned themselves a dark reputation. Reule's people are empaths/vampires (they do take blood) and he is one of the most sensitive and most powerful. It is his abilities that lead him to Mystique.
Mystique has no memory of who she is, what she is, where she came from, and has no idea why she is not terrified of the large, alpha male named Reule. She is in terrible shape when he finds her, she is malnourished, beaten, and bloody. But Reule is determined to help her heal and in the process, he allows her to heal him - emotionally.
The couple was wonderful! Their feelings for each other seemed natural and their relationship developed smoothly. I loved how he never doubted her or her intentions, even when his people were a distrusting of her and he stuck by her side when her enemies came knocking at his door.
I've read Frank's Nightwalker series and I think this book outshines all of her previous work.