Since she was a kid, Jaime Rush devoured books on unexplained mysteries and psychic phenomena. She knew she would be published, marry a fabulous guy, and win a Toyota Supra. Missing the romance, relationship drama, and action of her favorite television shows--X-Files, Roswell, and Highlander--she created her own mix in the Offspring series.
Rush ("The Offspring" series) brings us another installment in the world begun with A Perfect Darkness. A civilian has been brutally murdered, apparently by a shape-shifter, generating undue publicity. Powerful and secretive beings from another dimension are planning to clean house to eliminate more unwanted attention. Caught up in the maelstrom are Del and Tucker, star-crossed lovers whose budding romance ended years before. Both Del and Tucker have special inherited traits: Del is an empath with telekinetic power; Tucker holds "Darkness" (not to be confused with traditional evil), giving him command to shape-shift. The plot makes some wild gyrations as the scene is set but settles into a satisfying hum, alive with romantic tension. Del and Tucker engage the enemy, save the day, and end up in bed in a sweet and tidy way. Verdict Good enough to cause the reader to want to delve further into the world of "The Offspring." This is a unique take on shape-shifting romance, with just the right mix of paranormal and sf.-Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.