Destiny's Past Book Cover Destiny's Past
Daughters of the Cresent Moon Book 1
Patricia Lee
Paranormal Romance
Phoenix Literary Publishing
August 21, 2015
271

No-nonsense medical examiner, Kelly Richards, relies on the familiar comforts of science and scalpels to get her through the day. So when a not-so-dead guy who claims he's from the past lands on her autopsy table, she considers calling the men in white coats to escort him to a padded room. But Jarek’s old-world ways and hot gaze trick her heart into falling for him—a mistake she swore she’d never make again.

When Jarek, Prince of Leisos, discovers someone he trusts has been slowly poisoning him, he travels to the future in search of a cure. Driven by vengeance, he enlists the help of an impudent scientist to return him to his time.

As they try to find a solution, Kelly struggles with her feelings for Jarek while dodging the police and a visitor from her past.

Caught between his growing desire for Kelly and the need to expose his would-be assassin before they strike again, Jarek must decide between forfeiting his ticket home or losing the only woman he’s ever loved.

Reviewed by:   Linda Tonis

Member of The Paranormal Romance Review Team

Kelly Richards is a Medical Examiner in Lackton, North Carolina. Once again, she is alone in the morgue, ready to begin her night’s work. As the ME, Kelly is able to hide herself away from herself and her past, a past that includes the death of her parents and her younger sister. She became a Medical Examiner when the pressures of being a doctor got to be too much for her, as an ME she is not constantly facing grief and death.

This one night, working alone ,she begins to work on her first corpse, only said corpse is not dead, only dying.  He informs her that he is Jarek, the Prince of Leisos and he has been sent through time by a sorceress named Narena. Unbeknownst to him, she sent him two thousand years into the future. He has been poisoned, and the only hope for him was to be sent to a time where the doctors could save him.  But, why did he wind up in a morgue and not a hospital? Was it planned or a mistake?  When Kelly finally comes to terms with the fact that her corpse is not only not dead, but claims to be from the past, she feels a need to help him.

Although questioning her reasoning for bringing him home with her to make sure that he recovers, she does what she can for him.  Of course, she does not believe a word he says and is convinced he escaped from a mental institution, especially when he begins to question everything.  What is a hospital?  What are cars?  What is a morgue? How do they hunt for food?  And the questions go on and on.

Jarek begins to tell Kelly his story. He was poisoned by someone, and he must return to his home to save his brother, who would be the next in line to the throne.  Things take place that eventually lead Kelly to believe him, but how can he get back?  One of the things that Jarek reveals is that Kelly’s birthmark on her neck, a crescent moon with a star, means she is a descendent of Narena’s.  What does that mean?  How is that possible?  While trying to figure out how to get Jarek back in time, the two begin to have very strong feelings for each other.  She comes from the year 2009; he comes from a time two thousand years in the past. What future could there be for them? She has every modern convenience, and he lives in a time when candles light the room, and fires are used for cooking. He, on the other hand, can’t stay with Kelly, since he has to put his family and his people first.  He must return home to save his family and the throne.

The love affair between Jarek and Kelly is wonderful, and many of the things Jarek discovers are very funny.  There is also a mystery as to who was poisoning Jarek, and if he can return in time to save his brother.  This was such an interesting book, I didn’t want to put it down, and I didn’t.  There is love, betrayal, mystery and paranormal, what more can you ask for. This was book one and I can’t wait for book two.