Deep in the forest . . .
The deserted estate in remote northwestern Maine might have seemed foreboding, but it would be a refuge for Paloma St. John. There, she would be alone with her only friends -- the gentle animals she'd rescued from her own uncle's cruel scientific experiments.
But Paloma wasn't alone. There was a presence in the woods beyond the compound gates, a presence that reached into her mind, invaded her every thought, left her trembling with fear . . . and something more. Passion.
Was he protector -- or predator? Savage or savior? Whispers in her thoughts and dreams courted her in another realm, while the voice of her heart beckoned him forward. And so Paloma waited, with longing -- and with dread . . .
In the theme of Beauty and the Beast. Has some steamy parts for those of us who like that.
This is a new version of the Beauty and the Beast tale, set in the backwoods of Maine. A young woman has taken refuge with 2 chimps and an orangutan there. She found she could communicate with them telepathically when she stumbled upon her guardian's hidden lab, and managed to free them (and herself) from his cruelty. They flee to an abandoned home in Maine.
Once there, she starts sensing another presence in her mind, and begins talking to it, and the communications becomes more and more intimate. Even though the other presence keeps shoving her away, she senses the loneliness and despair behind the anger and keeps trying to find out who and what this is. I found the relationship very moving.
I have to say that I don't think this book is for the reader who has a very straitlaced notion of what romance should be. I think those who maybe like fantasy/SF, or who like books that break molds would be more comfortable with it. Unfortunately I can't say why without revealing major spoilers.
I think those SF/Rom fans who like Lisanne Norman would like this book.