Publication Date: Feb. 2006
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): In a realm beset by natural disasters, only the magical abilities of the bonded Pairs—Source and Shield—make the land habitable and keep the citizenry safe. The ties that bind them are far beyond the relationships between lovers or kin—and last their entire lives… Whether they like it or not.
Since she was a child, Dunleavy Mallorough has been nurturing her talents as a Shield, preparing for her day of bonding. Unfortunately, fate decrees Lee’s partner to be the legendary, handsome, and unbearably self-assured Lord Shintaro Karish. Sure, he cuts a fine figure with his aristocratic airs and undeniable courage. But Karish’s popularity and notoriety—in bed and out—make him the last Source Lee ever wanted to be stuck with.
Lee (short for Dunleavy) was a nice enough character to follow. Her internal dialogue was witty and often times irreverent and very many times was exactly what I would have said or thought, so riding around in her head was fun.
Shintaro was a good character as well, not nearly as shallow as Lee, or we, are lead to believe. Not as much bonding happened in this one as I would have liked, but it was good.
The world building is interesting and fairly easy to follow. A pretty neat idea actually. The plot kept things going, but wasn't as much of a drive to finish it as a desire to know the characters was.
Overall, good enough to continue the series.
Publication Date: August 2006
Shorty Synopsis (Goodreads): In a realm beset by natural disasters, only the magical abilities of the bonded Pairs—Source and Shield—make the land habitable and keep the citizenry safe. The ties that bind them are far beyond the relationships between lovers or kin—and last their entire lives…
Whether they like it or not.
The weather in the city of High Scape is off the charts. It’s snowing in the middle of summer, and the townsfolk are desperate for Shield Lee Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish to fix it—which they can’t do. But try explaining that to an angry mob…
Meanwhile, there’s a crazed killer targeting aristocrats. Karish has forfeited the Dukedom of Westsea to continue working as a Source, but Lee fears that technicality won’t matter to the murderer. It certainly doesn’t matter to Karish’s mother, who’s bound and determined that he take the title.
Only by working together will Lee and Karish be able to figure out the weather, catch the killer before it’s too late, and most importantly…get rid of Karish’s mother.
My Review: Another awful awful cover! And the titles don't make much sense to me either. And who's the hero? Lee and Taro work together as a team, so I don't understand the singularity of that. The titles, and cover, would lead you to believe that Taro is the main character, or main focus, but that's not it at all.
And this is a good thing. I'm reading this series for the building relationship between Taro and Lee. They are both interesting characters, each having their own strengths and weaknesses, and they are loyal to each other. The shenanigans that just happen to follow them around everywhere are hardly their fault.
This was another quick read. I liked it, but didn't love it. I expected more from both of the mothers being in the area, drawing more out from or revealing more about their children. There is a lot of plot fodder possibility with them, but it didn't amount to as much as I was expecting. Enough, but not as much as the cover would lead you to believe.
Overall, don't believe these covers! The writing and storyline and characters are deeper than they portray, but they also don't do a good job of setting up expectations in other respects. *sigh* Not as much is resolved in terms of the weather either. Things are introduced, alluded to, somewhat worked on, but no really resolved. Good enough to continue with the series though, but mainly because I want there to be more progress made on the relationship between Lee and Taro.