This enthralling contemporary erotic romance series is delightfully continued with this striking installment that examines the concept of handicap as it is applied to one who lacks the use of one of the five major senses. The story is a beautiful and thought-provoking examination of a sort of reverse discrimination, as Hunter is virtually ostracized for being a hearing person in a society of those who cannot hear and Sabina may lose status if she chooses a radical operation that can give her the chance to regain her hearing. I was captivated by the glimpse of life on another continent and fascinated by the detail provided, which was particularly pertinent as I have a friend who had cochlear implant surgery. The interesting snippets that reflect the differences in syntax among different forms of sign language and the description of devices used to compensate for lack of hearing gave wonderful depth to the story even as the sizzling attraction between the two main characters continues to intensify. I greatly enjoy this series and salute the author for her ability to continue to introduce compelling characters, each with his or her own particular obstacles that must be overcome. I look forward to learning more about some of the other memorable secondary characters and, even though this story can be read as a stand-alone, suggest that all of the ‘Nightstar’ tales be read to get a more complete picture of the unique people associated with the band. A delicious addition to a very enjoyable series.
“Fascinating Rhythm” by Lynne Connolly is the striking fourth installment in the ‘Nightstar’ series that details events in the lives of members of the Murder City Ravens band. Percussionist Hunter fled the silence that was such a major part of his life and he has helped shape his band into the major success that it has become but he inadvertently crushed the dreams of his lover, Sabina. His return to his homeland rekindles the embers of their passionate affair but Sabina is facing her own milestones in life and may not be ready for all of the radical changes that will be required of her, particularly given the insistence of Hunter’s mother who wants deaf separatism. Hunter and Sabina must face life-changing decisions and decide what their priorities are, the problem is that they may not choose the same path.
Hunter wants Sabina as much as ever. One night together six years ago made him want more but he walked away and she couldn’t come with him. Hot, sweaty sex to gentle, intense lovemaking, it’s all fantastic with her. Watching her as she moves against him only makes him hotter.
Sabina tried to forget Hunter and that magical, sex-soaked night when he’d spoiled her for other men. When she’s offered an experimental operation to restore her hearing, Sabina might lose everything else—her job, friends and lifestyle—but she can’t live without the chance to hear what took Hunter away from her. Murder City Ravens, the band he loves so much. Wanting to get him out of her system, she sleeps with him again, but it only makes her want him more.
A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave