Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review: Layla's Gale by Nicole Pouchet

Title: Layla's Gale
Author: Nicole Pouchet
Series: Elemental Myths #1
Publication: April 1st 2014 by Difference Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Cover Rating: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Life is finally on track for fledgling stage actress Layla Cohen until she realizes her gorgeous new director, Sebastian, is the star of the erotic dreams which she’s been having for months. She could handle the uncomfortable work situation if not for the further evidence she’s losing her mind: The wind suddenly whooshes at her command; memories of a past life emerge; and she’s sure someone is trying to kill her.

Meanwhile, director Sebastian Tawanti is steering his small D.C. theater company into the big-time with his Incan mythology-based play. The culmination of his life’s work, he won’t let anything stand in the way of his play's success--not his mother's objections, not the inappropriate heat he feels for Layla, and not even the mysterious, empathic symptoms he's experienced since meeting her.

LAYLA’S GALE is Book 1 of the four-book, paranormal romance / urban fantasy ELEMENTAL MYTHS romance series. Similar in subject matter, it is a lighter, more carefree read than Deborah Harness’ All Souls Trilogy. This paranormal romance series is sure to entice readers of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk and Steele series. ELEMENTAL MYTHS follows four couples as they bond together in steamy romance, supernatural powers, and predestined battle to save modern mankind from the mysterious demise of the vanished Incan Empire.

As Layla and Sebastian struggle with new love and burgeoning power, a sinister force unravels to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Will they learn the truth behind the Incan script in time to save their lives, the love they’re destined to share, and the future of humanity?

When I got a review request for this book and read the description I thought this book sounded great, something right up my alley. I was glad that for once I didn't get a YA review request (though I still love reading those books). I just was feeling in the mood for something that had adult paranormal romance. Like Layla's Gale. And it turned out even better than I had hoped!

I don't know what what was about this book but I jumped right into it and I loved it. I liked the two main characters, Layla and Sebastian a lot and their points of view. I'm glad they each got chapters, especially Sebastian because lately I've been wishing more male characters would get their voice heard

Usually I'm not a fan of the whole destined to be together thing but it really worked for this book. I was really rooting for Layla and Sebastian to end up together. 
The writing was really good. It flowed nicely and I loved the romance scenes. Hot stuff!

The story, overall, I also loved. I must say it's very original. I never read anything like it. I love the Inca culture (I'm such a history nerd) and I loved the idea of Sebastian writing a play about the stories his mother told him. 

The only little minor point for me was that at the part where both Layla and Sebastian find out who and what they really are, it went a little fast for me but the action made up for the most part so I don't really mind now.

Also, I could totally see this book as a movie. Seriously!

Hot romance, great writing, and action-packed, Layla's Gale by Nicole Pouchet was a fantastic paranormal romance. The story was amazing as were the characters.

Favorite Quote:

His mate, the woman who stood up to a giant monster, was in tears. He loved that about her. She was unapologetically tough and fragile at the same time, an emotional badass.

About the Author:

Still amazed to be an adult, Nicole co-owns a marketing agency and writes paranormal romance novels. She has managed to center her life around raising her two small sons and being true to her family (including husband and friends), and is happiest near the water.

Nicole wrote a weekly column about life’s mysterious and mundane moments called “A Discerning Eye” for her local branch of AOL’s news website, Patch. Her poetry and articles have been published in journals including Executive Pie, Sacramento Poetry Corner, Mother Earth Journal, Lummox Journal, Poetry Now, Poetry Motel, and The Duke University Archives.

Nicole holds an English degree from Duke University where she studied poetry under Lucille Clifton and Debbie Pope.

As a former theater hand, Nicole assistant directed Broadway’s Little Women and Broadway’s A Thousand Clowns; served as prop master’s assistant for Broadway’s Birdy; and directed and stage managed a host of regional plays in Durham, North Carolina and Charles Town, West Virginia.

Nicole is a partner at marketing agency BlueTreeDigital, an outsourced marketing department for small-to-medium sized businesses. She lives in Leesburg, Virginia with her husband and two small sons.

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