THE WARRIOR'S GIFT is an entertaining romance with a paranormal twist. The aloof warrior and the independent professional woman with a mind and path of her own is a romance trope that I am always willing to dive into and this story fits the bill. Left to protect his realm from something that he and his team doesn't fully understand, Oz wasn't looking to form any romantic bonds until he meets the one person who ends up being key to protecting everything that is important to him. Keturah is on her own mission and finding out that her discovery holds much more at stake than a scientific discovery turns her life completely upside down. Keturah is thrown into a reality of new dimensions, deities, and ancient wars that she never imagined possible. There's immediate attraction and conflict between Keturah and Oz which always makes for good romantic tension in a story.
There are sections of the story where it felt information is partially given and there is some world building information that I would like to have filled in. Overall, THE WARRIOR'S GIFT is a quick paced paranormal romance that I can see being turned into a series. The world building and character backgrounds are interesting and leaves a lot of room for development and expansion of the lore/mythology that can support future stories.
AlTonya Washington also has an extensive backlist so if paranormal/fantasy romance isn't your jam, check out her contemporary romances that were published via Kimani and are all available as ebooks. She also has a contemporary romance series called THE RAMSEY'S that seems to be loved by it's fans that I have somehow missed out on and I need to eventually check out.
***I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.***
Home to Gods, Warriors, and Priests, the Origin Realm had lived in the shadow of uneasy peace. The Creator had charged the realm’s powerful inhabitants with the care, protection, and survival of its sister realm on the mortal plane. A plan for its continued survival gave rise to differences among the immortal races and eventually war.
Scientist, Keturah Dyson would have been the first to argue the idea that her ‘destiny’ involved anything more than her search for dark energy. When her detecting talents led her to a desolate stretch of land in Northern Texas and its dark, formidable owner, destiny; at last, had its say.
For too long, the Warrior Osmium had stifled anything beyond his basic desires where women were concerned. Keturah Dyson was a rarity and Oz found his ability to resist her…nonexistent. Attraction was undeniable and yet Oz sensed there was more at work between them. Keturah Dyson was more than an attraction, more than a diversion. She possessed a mark that should have been impossible for her to have. It was a mark that labeled her as a Warrior’s Gift.
About the Author
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AlTonya Washington has been a romance novelist for 15 years. She’s traditionally published with Harlequin’s Kimani Romance imprint, winner of the Romance Slam Jam EMMA Award and two time winner of The Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award. AlTonya is a mom and works as a Reference Librarian. In 2015, she received scholarly publication for her article An Indie Author in a Library World which appeared in “Self-Publishing and Collection Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries” published by Purdue University Press.
She enjoys a successful indie author career where she also writes under the pseudonyms T. Onyx and Ally Fleming. She is best known for her Ramsey/Tesano romantic suspense series.