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ISBN# 0-8217-8082-4
October 2006
Zebra Books
850 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022
281 Pages
Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 Cups

Fabia Fair is one of the Croyant, or people with magic. She has been searching for a criminal, one of the Croyant who wants to destroy the Moyenne, or normal folk. She has chosen to search by working in a clinic for the homeless, listening to their thoughts and looking for clues as to where the criminal has gone. One day on her way to work she sees a man sitting on the stoop of a nearby house with his head in his hands. Unlike how she can with most people, she is unable to read his thoughts. There is something about him that tugs at her. Unable to stand his pain, she takes him into her apartment in an attempt to help. She is unsure if he is Croyant or Moyenne, but knows she cannot leave him outside to freeze.

Rufus Valasay has had his memories stripped away and it has left him aching, terrified, and confused. He is aware only of a deep fear and sorrow, as well as the knowledge that he has left someone behind. He has no memory of who he is or where he has come from. When Fabia coaxes him into her apartment, he is only barely aware of her and his surroundings.

After a couple of days under Fabia’s care, Rufus is finally able to speak, but is still unable to remember who he really is. It is only when Fabia takes him to the clinic she works at and she watches how he “reads” the pictures of missing people that she realizes he is indeed Croyant. At that point, she contacts healers who are able to restore Rufus’ memories. It is then that he remembers the younger brother he left behind in the hands of an evil female sorciere. Fabia discovers that she can no longer contact her twin brother telepathically. Since this has never happened before, she becomes frantic, particularly when it becomes apparent that the sorciere that took Rufus’s brother has her twin, Niall. It becomes a race against time to stop this sorciere and her friends whose sole agenda is to destroy all Moyenne so that the Croyant can rule.

This book is a romantically suspenseful read! The author’s world building is incredible and realistic. The characters are genuine and their emotions well described. I particularly enjoyed reading about the developing love between Rufus and Fabia, and their misunderstandings while they tried to figure things out. The secondary characters are woven seamlessly throughout the story so that I was never left wondering who someone was or what their purpose was. The suspense elements in this story kept me on the edge of my seat for much of one night. I found myself unable to put this book down. This is paranormal romance at its best, and I highly recommend Reason to Believe!

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