Title: A Talent for Loving
Author: Virginnia de Parté
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Series: Love’s Bright # 3
Best Read in Order: yes
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About the Book:
Talents come in many guises.
William and Belinda, two genetically altered individuals meet years after leaving the government nursery for experimental infants. Their late development allowed them to escape a life devoted to the government’s defence departments. If their skills are discovered they will be in danger of conscription by the government.
William, whose talent is to move through space between locations in the blink of an eye, has devoted his life to protecting other ex-nursery adults. Belinda occasionally uses her talent, lifting objects of great weight with her thoughts. Their meeting leads to love and a raft of problems both struggle to overcome.
Can they trust each other enough to allow love to bloom? Can they risk the renewed attention of the Defense Department?
A Talent for Loving explores an alternative reality and discovers the one talent neither Belinda nor William can control – love.
See my Review of Love’s Bright Star: Love’s Bright # 1 at Booked and Loaded
This book takes us back to the beginning of the genetic experimentation and actually takes place prior to the first two stories. We are shown the genesis of the governmental planned experimentation with genetic modifications, and the children who show these enhanced abilities are conscripted and forced to perform for the defense department. A truly horrific idea, reminiscent of Nazi “medical” experimentation during World War II, the presentation of the beginning of the experimentation helped in clearing questions from all three stories in the series.
de Parté introduces us to two of the experimented upon in William and Belinda. Both did not show signs of their enhanced abilities until later in life, so they avoided the conscription. When they meet again, both are wary: William has dedicated his life to knowing and protecting other victims of the government’s experiments. His ability to dematerialize and reappear in another location is a cleverly defined talent, which he uses to great effect. Belinda is more telekinetic lifting objects with her thoughts, although she has gone to great lengths to not use her skill, and is very unwilling to trust in William.
Between the tensions the two have between them, and the risk of being discovered as different, their story has a great push-pull, their attraction to one another is palpable but the stress and danger of being discovered is a huge stopping point in moving forward. When they do start to explore themselves as a couple, the dynamic feels real and logical, and you want to cheer them on. There are less moments of laugh out loud in this story than the other two, but de Parté does manage to create a sense of wonder for the reader in the unusual skills and the characters that have these talents. Even more clearly defined is the sense of separateness that the characters must maintain from the ‘normals’ in society, and the concerns they have with being found by the government again provides the reader with a tension that lasts throughout the story as you wonder if they will be found.
This is a wonderful series that provides several moments for thought and imagination, especially if you ever wondered about having special talents or powers: the possibilities are endless, and the author does a nice job of presenting some unique abilities and mixes of genes to fuel those thoughts.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Virginnia is a writer of poetry and fiction. She lives on the coast of the Bay of Plenty, an
aptly named region of New Zealand. Now retired she has the time to tell of the lives of
the characters who populate her imagination and hopes their stories bring pleasure to her