Free Fall by Carolyn Jewel
Series: My Immortals #4.5
Published by cJewel Books on April 1st 2012
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Attorney Lys Fensic has spent her life controlling a psychic power that kills. Her ability to lock herself down falls apart when her ex, a mage, sends enslaved demons to kill her. In a psychic free fall, she turns to tough guy Telos Khūnbish for help. But is he a mage as she’s always suspected or is he something far more dangerous?
From the Author: Free Fall is set in the My Immortals series world where demons and magic-using humans called the magekind are not quite getting along. Most people have no idea they’re living in what amounts to a magical war-zone.Free Fall is based on the short story "Future Tense" but is considerably expanded and includes scenes that were censored from the short story. This novella is about 35,000 words (130 pages).
I have been hip deep in Carolyn Jewel’s My Immortals series and loving it!
With the exception of reading Dead Drop first, I have read (read: glommed) the rest of the My Immortals series in publication order. Now I’m in the midst of re-reads in order to write my reviews. When something like that happens…well, I end up writing the reviews for my favorites first. And Free Fall is certainly one of my favorites!
Free Fall starts with the heroine, Lys Fensic, waiting for Telos Khūnbish. Lys is an untrained witch who is losing control of her deadly powers. Being untrained magekind with a strong power normally results in the untrained mage going insane. Instead of going insane, Lys developed extremely strong mental blocks that cut her off from the world emotionally. These blocks allowed Lys some measure of control but cut her off from both pleasure and touch. Normally Lys has iron control over herself but breaking off her relationship with her mage [ex]boyfriend, Michael, and her exposure to a talisman has shredded Lys’s ability to control herself and her powers.
Lys, an attorney, met Telos Khūnbish, a computer security expert and consultant, via work. They shared a strong attraction to each other and he happens to be one of the few people she could touch without her unstable power getting out of control. Because Lys can touch Telos and she senses something “different” about him, she assumes he is a mage. She calls Telos and asks for his help after she is attacked by her ex-boyfriend, Michael.
The connection between Telos and Lys was both adorable and hot. I loved how they often called each other by their last names. 😀 I loved that Lys and Telos knew and liked each other previous to the start of the story and how Telos was able to reinforce Lys’ shielding with a simple touch. The characterization was almost perfect for me – I truly felt the attraction and the affection between Telos and Lys.
Lys’ power is really different – just like the rest of the heroines in this series – and I’m very interested to see where Ms Jewel takes these dovetailing powers. Watching Lys trying to control and use her powers to protect Telos was heartwarming. The reader knows that Lys tries to avoid using her powers at all times – so watching her use those powers to protect Telos was amazing. And the ending. OMG I loved the ending. 😀
I loved 99% of Free Fall, to be honest. The only things I didn’t care for was what felt like a limited explanation as to how Lys’ free fall started. It’s implied that Lys’ free fall was started by Michael’s attempt to have her killed. What I don’t understand is why Michael wanted to have Lys killed and I don’t really understand the situation with the talisman. All in all, those are small concerns and didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story in the least.
Note: Free Fall has a completely different cover now. I just like this cover more.