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Saturday, March 8, 2014

{ARC Review} Layla's Gale by Nicole Pouchet

Layla's Gale
by Nicole Pouchet
Published: April 1, 2014
Length: 245 pages

Life is finally on track for fledgling stage actress Layla Cohen until she realizes her gorgeous new director, Sebastian, is the star of the erotic dreams which she’s been having for months. She could handle the uncomfortable work situation if not for the further evidence she’s losing her mind: The wind suddenly whooshes at her command; memories of a past life emerge; and she’s sure someone is trying to kill her.

Meanwhile, director Sebastian Tawanti is steering his small D.C. theater company into the big-time with his Incan mythology-based play. The culmination of his life’s work, he won’t let anything stand in the way of his play's success--not his mother's objections, not the inappropriate heat he feels for Layla, and not even the mysterious, empathic symptoms he's experienced since meeting her.

LAYLA’S GALE is Book 1 of the four-book, paranormal romance / urban fantasy ELEMENTAL MYTHS romance series. Similar in subject matter, it is a lighter, more carefree read than Deborah Harness’ All Souls Trilogy. This paranormal romance series is sure to entice readers of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk and Steele series. ELEMENTAL MYTHS follows four couples as they bond together in steamy romance, supernatural powers, and predestined battle to save modern mankind from the mysterious demise of the vanished Incan Empire.

As Layla and Sebastian struggle with new love and burgeoning power, a sinister force unravels to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Will they learn the truth behind the Incan script in time to save their lives, the love they’re destined to share, and the future of humanity.


From Nicole Pouchet comes a four book series paranormal romance that focuses on a culture rarely touched upon for PNRs: Incan mythology!

I liked how the book started off with Layla's hot dream, a glimpse of her life with her roommate, and then the impact she gets when she is at her callback audition and realizes that the director is the man from her dreams. I think I even gleefully rubbed my hands together saying, "Oh this is gonna be GOOD" when we learn that Sebastian is an empath.

I thought the author did a wonderful job with building the world, the problem, etc. with Sebastian's history and conversations with his mother to the dream sequences, etc. I enjoyed the tension and give-and-take between Sebastian and Layla for the first half of the book, even though I think it may have gone on a little bit too long and then the suddenly mushymushies seemed a bit shocking, no matter what their past lives!

I liked the powers and descriptions and everyone's role. I expected to be annoyed when I first read that they don't "come into their powers fully until they are mated" as I don't see why a man has to "complete" the woman. And without the women able to access their powers, it seems to leave the world vulnerable. But then, I was swept up in the romance of it and didn't mind so much.

You can start by reading the prequel now, Ceiba's Grace, if you would like to get a jump on the story. Layla's Gale comes out April 1. Thank you to the publisher for the offer and letting me read this early!

Ceiba's Grace can be purchased on amazon at: and you can add it to your TBR at Goodreadshttp://

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