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Whispers on the Wind (Futuristic Romance) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2001
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Actually, Gill has made this somewhat dramatic tale work well. Her future Earth is entirely beleviable, and Jon and the Octaid are not so different from human, except for their superior mental abilities.
The development of the plot is well placed, although there are too many in the Octaid to really develop the synergy of the relationships between them, asside from two or three of the characters. However, the central relationship between Jon and Lenore is handled well and the attraction between them quickly develops into something life changing for the both of them.
The story is told from the perspective of several characters, although the focus for the bulk of the text is Lenore. This assists with the pace and development of the story, and lets the reader get to know Jon's sister and the neice whose existence he is unaware of.
The story builds to the eventual confrontation of the villian of the piece, and it is nice that the Octaid works together here, via their unique abilities, rather than Jon striding in and playing the muscle-flexing, sword welding, muscle bound hero. Instead he's the insightful leader, leading his team to victory.
There are holes - particularly Lenore's abilities and their level of strength as the book develops compared with their description at the culmunation of the book - but this does not interfer with the story as a whole.
Overall a well written, enjoyable read.
This book is set in the future as the world has changed, but In another way it almost seems to be back in time in its relaxed manner, it's only the odd statement here and there that make you realise it's a different time.
Lenore a 37 year old lady (i love a more mature leading lady) has been signed off work for a couple of months for exhaustion/breakdown, she has gone to a cabin in the woods to recuperate, but is plagued by dreams, dreams of a girl lost, later her dreams change for the better. In her dreams she now has a handsome tanned man making love to her, bringing her immense pleasure then before the finale!! Her dream ends with him asking her to come to him, come to him, How frustating..... As these dreams carry on she is compelled to go find him one night, as she has seen where he is and well she can't sleep so why not prove to herself she's going mad.
Jonalla, the tanned, gorgeous man alien (that prefers to be naked) in search of his sister Zenna, of course lenore is shocked when she finds this sexy man, once she just about accepts hs real, he reveals how he used her mind and she is disgusted with him, but agrees to help him recover, and help find his sister so he can go home .....he promises to build trust between them.
We get glimpses of Jonallo's world which really comes to life, I'd like to go visit if I could! (But I know it's not real!)
The book starts off sexy, then goes to building relationships to adventure, surprises, more sexiness, peril, sadness and aaaaaarrrrggghhh, general book structure you could say.
I really enjoyed this story the main characthers really became vivid to me, the were others in the book, but they didn't come to life as much as our main characthers to me, I did hurt for zenna's bonded mate, his pain showed.
The ending was as I hoped but more :)
4 strong gr stars
**i received this book from netgalley for an honest review**
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As crazy as it seems to Lenore, she cannot help investigate the "source." To her shock, she has either totally lost it and is hallucinating or she has found a gorgeous but wounded man inside the cave. Jonallo needs Lenore's help to survive. Beyond that she insists on assisting him when Jon tries to find his sister and save his planet. As Lenore and Jon become acquainted on two levels, they fall in love, but he comes from some place that is light years ahead of earth.
WHISPERS IN THE WIND is an exciting futuristic romance that stars two intrepid, but hurting lead characters. The story line is a vessel for their relationship and their efforts to save a world. Fans of the sub-genre will relish Judy Gill's glimpse at a future filled with love.
Joy and sorrow follow each other in quick succession as Jonallo's Aazoni Octet discovers the location of his kidnapped birthmate, Zenna. The eight, held together by a psychic bond, had encountered a severe solar storm immediately following translation through a transitory window to the planet Earth. The storm had broken their concentration and scattered the Octet far beyond Jon's psychic reach. Only one small warm light glows in the darkness. Too injured to heal himself, his mind searches for aid. If only he can make the woman come to him.
The dreams are back, a new one this time, yet another manifestation of her deepest desire, to have a child. Lenore had sought refuge from her mental exhaustion in a rustic cabin in the Canadian Rockies, to enjoy mindless pursuits, to escape three years of dreams about the child.....the child that need her help. That dream was gone, replaced by another.
It was a deeply erotic dream, fulfilling a deep desire that she didn't even know she had. Warm, passionate, gloriously handsome...he teased her senses, bring her to the height of desire, then withdrawing from her. "Come to me", he called. Where? She must be going insane to think for even one moment that this was real. Yet the dreams come, like the other, even when she is awake.
She is compelled to search a mountain cavern that she and her best friend had discovered as children. Empty, just as she knew it would be. She would spend the remainder of the night in it's shelter, before returning to her real home in the city. So much for escape from stress!
Morning does not find her alone. A beautiful and badly injured man is sharing the cave, sharing her mind -- a stranger.....yet not. He is Jonallo, of Aazonia, a galactic law enforcement officer, leader of the Octet sent to apprehend a cosmic drug dealer, who had poisoned souls throughout the galaxy. The criminal had kidnapped Jon's twin sister over three years ago, taking with him the experimental telepathy enhancer she'd been developing. The enhancer allowed him to translate without an Octet, through smaller and less stable windows, making it easier for him to travel between Earth and Aazonia, to reap and distribute the botanicals used to formulate the addictive chemicals.
Though she finds it all hard to swallow, there is something about Jonallo that makes it impossible to refuse him. She feels a deep connection. It is as if she's always known him, known of his kind. Connection is what Lenore has missed all her life, having been abandoned by her mother, left behind with a distant, unaffectionate father. Time is of the essence, the window they had traveled through would soon close, not to reopen for another decade. She would help him find his Octet.
But then he would leave, wouldn't he, leaving her emptier than ever before?
WHISPERS ON THE WIND is a story that makes you want to believe...in love, and in life on other worlds. The bond between Jonallo and Lenore is inspirational, as is their courage, honor, and their willingness to sacrifice their own happiness for the good of others. The well deserved happy ending will bring tears to the eyes. Highly recommended. -- Reviewed for Paranormal Romance Reviews