Five by Christie Rich

Five (Elemental Enmity, #1)
Rayla Tate was just a child when her mother disappeared from her life forever. Raised by her aunt Grace in a small town, she has lived an extremely sheltered life. Unknown to her, she was hidden from the fae who live secretly among us. Descended from an ancient blood-line of Elementals, only she has the power to crown the first fae high-king.

Sick of provincial living and the dictates of her aunt, Rayla flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend. Unfortunately, excitement over her newfound freedom is short-lived when she finds herself being chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. She is drawn to him immediately; however, she somehow manages to resist the compulsion she feels. As he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn't gone far.

Rayla struggles to deal with the encounter while adapting to her new environment. To make matters worse, Aunt Grace reveals that Rayla will be hunted by a pack of fae lords, each hoping to claim her power for his own. She soon finds herself surrounded by stunning men. Could they be fae, or is this just normal college life? More importantly, why does she feel drawn to each one of them? What dark power do they hold over her? She must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever

My Review
WOW!! What an incredible read!!!

I love it when I’m surprised!  So many things happened in this story that I had to re-read several paragraphs just to make sure I got the full scope of what was going on.  There was a love tri-angle – I normally hate those, but this one was very well written, so much so that (gasp!) I was cheering for BOTH men!  How is that possible? 

Rayla is a great heroine!  She’s smart, independent, sarcastic (one of my favorite traits) and I got to discover her life right along with her!!  I found this book after it was a Sample in the “Dark Muse” Indie Sampler, and have to say – Christie Rich is an exceptional author. 

I’ve already purchased the second book in this series, Dark Matter, and cannot wait to start reading it!!!

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