Amethyst Refrain by Kalliope Bell

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Amethyst Refrain by Kalliope Bell
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (40 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Lily Graves possesses the gift of psychometry. She reads the history of an item through touch. When an amethyst necklace brings back the memory of her murder in a past life, Lily comes face to face with her guardian, Edgar Grant.

Edgar Grant has served as Lily’s guardian throughout several lifetimes, reaching her only through thoughts and dreams. Armed with the knowledge of Lily’s destiny and charged with protecting her, Edgar must help her stop history from repeating itself.

When Lily recalls Edgar’s refusal to believe her fears in the past, she must decide if she can trust him…and love him…in the present. And if she does, can she love a man who exists only in spirit form?

Some abilities come with a price.

My favorite passages in this tale went into detail about what Lily can and can’t do with her gift. As someone who had never heard of psychometry before, I was glad that the author spent so much time showing how Lily uses it. None of the explanations slowed down the plot at all because they were so embedded into everything else that was going on. Psychometry sounds like such a cool ability to possess!

There were some things I never understood about Edgar and Lily’s relationship. In certain sections it’s written in ways that made me think those scenes were intended to be taken as grand romantic gestures, yet I was surprised by how much Edgar wanted to be in control of everything that happened to Lily. It struck me as a little over the top given how well she’s managed this lifetime so far. I would have liked to know more about her reaction to this part of his personality as it’s not something that I’d find endearing if I were in her shoes.

This short story weaves mystery, romance, and science fiction together seamlessly. I really enjoy reading books that are comfortable mixing so many different types of fiction together. When its done well it brings out the best in every genre that’s represented, and I was pleased by how the author chose to bind everything together.

I’d recommend Amethyst Refrain to anyone who is in the mood to dabble in several different genres simultaneously.

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