This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, D. Alyce Domain. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Dominic’s Nemesis by D. Alyce Domain
Series: The Ambrosi Legacy #1
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Thriller
Release Date: January 4, 2016
Publisher: D. Alyce Domain
Source: Author, D. Alyce Domain
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When Tortured Souls Collide…
In an unforgiving society where the hint of madness is all the damning proof men need, Dominic struggles to live a peaceful life, away from prying eyes, and damning innuendo. Gifted with uncanny abilities, yet also cursed with the taint of madness, Dominic must walk a fine line. After the horror of his past, his fractured soul is safe only in solitude…until one day, his refuge is irrevocably breached by an ethereal beauty haunted by demons of her own. Dominic is torn between protecting himself and his brothers from exposure and persecution and following the desires of his heart...
Dominic’s Nemesis was a thrill ride into the paranormal. This story has an abundance of supernatural abilities, a little demon possession, and ooh la la romantic love. I know you are wondering how that is even works together but the writing weaves a story that has a strong plot with well-developed ideas and subplots that are tied together nicely. It makes for an exciting, steamy read that will haunt you.
Dominic Ambrosi and his brothers were born with unique abilities. They live in a society where the idea of a psychic phenomenon was just beginning to be talked about in the science circles but mostly it was thought to be madness. People with unusual abilities were in best cases shunned, in worst cases locked up in asylums or killed. With Dominic and his brothers all having supernatural abilities it made this environment dangerous.
Eden is an unmarried lady who has had a rough go of things. Recently she had been living with her cousin whose property was adjacent to that of Dominic’s, but the cousin died during childbirth and now Eden has no place to go. She has no one to look after her as her last surviving family members have no interest in her welfare due to a feud with Eden’s father. One day during a walk she was lamenting about her situation when she became lost and wandered onto Dominic’s property.
While there she had a near death experience but luckily for her was discovered by one of brothers. She would have died if the brother had not used his supernatural ability to heal her. This brother was also a doctor and decided that it was in Eden’s best interests for her to stay at Dominic’s in order to fully recover. This idea absolutely grated on Dominic. He was not used to having people around and all Eden did was promise more complications.
Eden didn’t know what to think of the situation she landed herself in. It had been only recently that she realized that she was psychically sensitive and she was able to sense, see, and be a conduit for spirits. She knew the event that landed her at the estate was not very believable and she didn’t want people to think she was mad. So, she was vague about the ordeal but that led the others to jump to their own conclusions. When Eden started to experience attacks by a demonic force, the brothers’, believing that she was suicidal, discounted events that Eden spoke of. It also led Dominic to fear that Eden was crazy, like his mother had been. He just couldn’t get involved with anyone who was only going to go mad.
Dominic tried to deny his attraction to Eden but in the end, there was just something about her presence that eased him. He had not felt anything like that ever and he was drawn to her. He had been alone for so long and with Eden around he realized that his soul ached for what he felt when he was with her. Before Eden’s arrival he had no true interest in anyone beyond his brothers. He avoided society as much as possible because he was afraid of his abilities being discovered. Once he met Eden though he felt something inside himself shift. He had a great desire to know her, to be known by her, and that frightened him.
Eden was intrigued by the reclusive master of the estate. She had felt an immediate draw to him and he brought out erotic thoughts within her which was both confusing and exhilarating. I do like that when she and Dominic finally did come together she had all the naiveté of a virgin. Their sexual scenes were quite steamy. It was a case of insta-love but they were both lonely people who never had anyone take interest in them. I don’t blame the characters for being so drawn to each other. It was like puppy love only much, much hotter.
There was a dark side to this tale and it was known as the Nemesis. You see, Eden, she was not truly wise to her abilities and that made her easy pickings for the Nemesis. This entity was able to psychically and mentally attack Eden. Later, it was also able to control her, seriously freaky! This dark entity had its own agenda and everything about it was just wrong! It’s addition to the story gave quite the thrill and fear factor. I definitely felt a sense of foreboding throughout the story. Eden had to battle this demon on her own. All the while trying to convince Dominic that she was not descending into madness like his mother did before her death. To prove to him that there is something truly stalking her and possessing her.
One thing that just about drove me batty was Dominic’s dismissal about what was taking place with Eden. He has supernatural abilities but he was refusing to believe that there could be things happening to Eden that were beyond explanation. His history with his mother made him worried about Eden being a nutter, but come on, if you love someone you have to at least try and trust them. I feel that Eden would not have suffered as much as she did if he would only have tried to hear her out. Not very happy with his character about that, ha ha ha.
I did find all the characters in this story to be well-developed and fleshed out. The story has a very gothic feel along with being a romance. It is filled with fear, horror, and suspense. It is pretty cool how the author was able to take each of the brothers and give them such different supernatural abilities but not make it cliché. I really appreciated the relationship between the brothers. It was not all lovey dovey but the connection was there and it was strong. I really enjoyed Dominic’s Nemesis and I highly recommend it.
*Thank you to D. Alyce Domain for this complimentary copy of Dominic’s Nemesis*