Review: Taken by the Storm (Beyond Ontariese #1) by Cyndi Friberg

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Tal dar Aune, a powerful shape-shifting mage, comes to Earth on a desperate quest to find a mysterious woman before his nemesis destroys her. Little does Tal know the “helpless” female he’s come to save is the key to peace on his war-torn world…or that he’ll long to touch her, take her, make her his.

Unaware of her royal roots or alien origins, Charlotte spends her first thirty years on Earth. Then Tal bursts into her life with all the subtlety of a thunder storm. He’s rude, arrogant, and easily the most desirable man she’s ever encountered. With a ruthless madman hot on their heels, they can’t afford to be distracted by the attraction rapidly growing between them, but the emotions are too powerful to ignore.

Note: This book was originally published by Loose ID and was then re-edited/re-published by Cerridwen Press, both time under the same title.

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Charlotte has made the decision to start anew.  A new place and job is just what she needs to move on.  Her loss has been heavy and she needs to lessen it a bit.  Distance will surely help.
Tal, Vee and Trey are on a mission.  They call the storm in order to follow Joon.  He needs to be caught before he causes any more damage.  They end up on Earth not far from Charlotte’s cabin.
Charlotte and Tal’s worlds collide when he needs her to help him recover from his trip through the storm.  Charlotte is shocked and afraid when she learns what Tal really is.  Tal, on the other hand, is fascinated by Charlotte.  He wonders why Joon is interested in this woman from Earth.
Charlotte’s life takes a dramatic turn as she is whisked away by Tal and Trey to their home.  Many secrets are revealed as Charlotte learns what and who she really is.
The first scenes of the story didn’t make a lot of sense to me and then the jump to Charlotte was a bit confusing.  I really couldn’t connect the two.  Once Tal entered the picture the story started taking more of a definite shape.  I liked how Charlotte was a target but no one really knew why.  I also liked that she was a part of something she could never even imagine.
The sci-fi element was interesting as well.  The way Tal’s people conducted themselves was very traditional. The Reformist and Traditional sects being at odds with each other provided the major conflict that propelled the story.  I also liked that Charlotte was thrown into the society and voiced her opinion at how ridiculous some of the laws and ideas were.  She was strong and determined.  I liked her as a character.

Tal, on the other hand, was a bit frustrating.  I didn’t like his group think approach at times.  I am a person for individual thinking, so I didn’t like this part of the plot.  Otherwise the story is entertaining and a good read.  I give it a 4 out of 5.  

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