Origins by Zev de Valera

71NfLTTDukL._SL1425_Title: Origins
Series: Talisman Ring of Amenhotep, #2
Author: Zev de Valera
Genre: Historical/ Paranormal/ Fantasy
Length: Novella (97 pages)
Publisher: MLR Press (January 16th, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.75Hearts
Blurb: Drawn into the past to face his future.

A new relationship. An ancient ring that you’ve slipped upon your finger. So far, so good. Life is looking up. But then you uncover the mystery surrounding that golden ring. Your life will never be the same.

So it is for veterinarian Julian Wingate. Struggling to come to terms with the ancient power which can be wielded by the Talisman Ring of Amenhotep, Julian must work to hold together his relationship with his lover, Dinesh Daas, who harbors his own dark secrets, while battling his nemesis, the mercurial Directrix, for control of the alien science at the heart of the Talisman Ring’s history.

ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0362

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I really enjoyed reading this intriguing story. I couldn’t believe how old the directrix was simply because of an ancient ring. The ring itself was beautifully described.

The powers the ring held were awe-inspiring.

There were so many twists in this book with people attempting to back stab each other to get the ring Julian had by any means necessary. Loved the history and origin of the ring. Felt very sad for Amenhotep having to watch his lover, Nergal, pass away. What intrigued me the most were the wings on Nergal’s back.

Well written and full of drama, intrigue and mystery. The sex between Julian and Dinesh was hot. Great read.

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The Talisman Ring of Amenhotep by Zev de Valera

71CtDqQ8oKL._SL1425_Title: The Talisman Ring of Amenhotep

Series: N/A

Author: Zev de Valera

Genre: Historical/Paranormal/ Fantasy

Length: Novella (56 Pages)

ISBN: MLR-1-02013-0190

Publisher: MLR Press (January 18th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Blurb:Can one innocent act change your life forever?

When mild-mannered veterinarian Julian Wingate picks up an unusual bauble for a song in Cairo’s Khan-al-Kalili, he has no idea that the acquisition of this ancient ring will alter the course of his future. Recently widowed from the famous Egyptologist Theo Barojas, Julian finds himself on the point of tossing aside all reminders of the past; eager to start his new life with an old love…. but the curious ring – boxed away for almost a year – beckons …

Once Julian slips the artifact upon his finger, nothing in his well-ordered life will ever be the same.

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Shorty’s Review: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Julian is given a ring years before his lover’s death. Now an evil woman claiming it was stolen from her will do everything in her power to get it back. The ring is said to give superhuman strength and other abilities to those who wear it.

Very interesting and well-written story. I didn’t like the Directrix, she seemed sneaky, devious, and not caring who she stomped on or hurt to get what she wanted. Julian seemed like a very nice man not willing to intentionally hurt anyone.

Good read.

Lisa’s Review:   ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

This is a fantastic book. It caught my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end. It also left me hanging, now I can’t wait for the next story that I am sure is to come. Zev has a wonderful imagination and gives you characters that are charming, gorgeous and an absolute mess. Julian had loved his boyfriend Theo up to the day that Theo had died. Three days prior to that, an old man stopped Julian and basically threw a ring at him, telling him that it was free, and a gift. A gift all right, that had more bizarre twist to it. It came with powers that bewildered Julian the moment he had put it on.

Now people were coming out of the woodworks looking for it. He wasn’t in this alone though, he had a man who had wanted him, and he knew deep down that he loved him. Dinesh help him find out about the ring and stayed with him. I can’t really gage their feelings that good, but I assume that I will have to wait to the next book to get a little better read on that.

I wish though that this one had been a bit longer, with a little more to it. I want more of Julian and Dinesh, more from them, however it is all about this amazing ring that he had. It is a fantasy though, this ring of Amenhotep. And Amenhotep wants it back. I am not up on my Egyptian lure, but this story will be a big hit when it comes all together.