I do enjoy finding new (to me) authors with new ideas. Kate Perry has served up a humorous and entertaining beginning to a new paranormal romance series with “Marked by Passion”. In this series, she introduces readers to her version of some ancient Chinese lore. The powers of the world were written on five scrolls by an ancient monk. When he feared their capture by an evil warlord, he distributed those scrolls to five different families…entrusting them with not only the scrolls themselves, but the powers attendant with them. The scrolls and power are to be handed down each generation to the individual ‘marked’ as a Guardian and they are to be trained and taught and NEVER should the scrolls be brought together.
The series begins with the tale of Gabrielle, or Gabe as she prefers, the new Guardian of Earth. Gabe’s biggest problem? After a training accident when she was young where her mother was killed, she has absolutely no interest in the whole ‘scroll/power’ thing. Added to that, her father and his fanaticism and continuing criticism resulted in Gabe separating herself from the only family she had left…her big brother. So when Gabe, expecting a contract for her upcoming art show, signs for a mysterious package that turns out to be the scroll, her life spins out of control pretty quickly. Enter paranoia and suspicion, not to mention big brother and a couple of sexy men who seem to be vying for her attentions. But are any of these people really interested in Gabe…or just the scroll?
Good first book. I liked the humor and even though there were times I wanted to smack Gabe for her continuing waffling, I’m pleased with the ending. The sexual aspect was actually fairly PG for today’s market which may impact sales. I’ll be waiting for the next book in the series, “Chosen By Desire” in Winter 2010, to see where Perry may be headed next.