To save her dying sister…
Lillian Milano channels energy from the healthy to heal the sick, which makes her an incredible nurse. But her gift puts Lillian and those she loves in danger from an organization that will stop at nothing to exploit her talent. When her sister becomes gravely ill, wealthy computer genius Tristan King is the one man with enough vitality to save her sister’s life. But being near him threatens to expose her secrets and destroy the walls she’s built around her heart.
She bargains with a billionaire.
Tristan doesn’t believe in the supernatural and is wary of emotional entanglements. But his beloved mother is dying, and his lying ex-fiancée won’t leave him alone, so he strikes a deal: In exchange for his help, Lillian must pose as his date for a hospital fundraiser. As the pair work together to save their loved ones, they confront a spiraling web of secrets that threatens their growing feelings for each other. The choices they make will either destroy their lives or heal their hearts.
His dark gaze met hers in the window. Silence stretched between them, broken only by the faint murmur of party noises and the tapping of the tree branch. She’d lost. He didn’t believe her story and wasn’t going to help.
She couldn’t control the tremble on her lips, a small sob escaping before she could stop it. “You might save her life. Don’t you care?”
Hot tears rushed to her eyes, blinding her, but she turned her head, refusing to blink. Of course, he wouldn’t help her. Why would he? He was a suspicious and busy man who clearly didn’t trust easily and had his own mother to worry about. She’d have to find another way to save Hannah.
She retrieved her purse from the chair. If Hannah were well, she could tell Lillian exactly what emotions were happening behind Tristan’s well-guarded expression. But Hannah was dying, which was why Lillian was in this predicament to begin with.
She tightened her hand around her purse and moved toward the door. She couldn’t fall apart; she was running out of precious time to cure her sister.
“I’m…I’m leaving now. I need to get back to the hospital.” Her voice only fluctuated a little.
She reached for the doorknob, but a soft touch on her shoulder stopped her. She hadn’t heard him move.
“Zoey, wait. I’ll help.”
4 out of 5 (very good)
HEALING KISS is a contemporary romance with paranormal elements. Lilian is able to store energy and use it to heal others, especially those who are quite literally on the same wavelength as her. It is not a finite source though and does have an impact. She returns to Cleveland to save her sister from dying. She has been on the run for the past two years from a dodgy company that wants to use her talents against her will. Tristan is a billionaire with trust issues and a mother who is dying. When these two bump into each other, it sets off events that neither of them could have foreseen.
This was a slow starter for me but once I got into the groove, the rest of the book flew by. There is quite a bit of angst, both in general and between our two main characters. Angelina was made into too big a deal for my liking and I found myself skipping over the scenes with her in them, which is a shame as they help to move the story forwards, but I just found I couldn't help myself!
The build-up to the end and the epilogue were fantastic and I really hope to read Hannah's story. This was a thoroughly enjoyable story with a fresh look at talents and how they work. Definitely recommended by me.
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Award-winning author Amanda Uhl has always had a fascination with the mystical. Having drawn her first breath in a century home rumored to be haunted, you might say she was "born" into it. After a brief stint in college as a paid psychic, Amanda graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in theatre and a master's degree in marketing. Over the past twenty years, she has worked as an admissions representative and graphic designer, owned her own freelance writing company, and managed communications for several Fortune 500 companies, most recently specializing in cyber security and data. Amanda is an avid reader and writes fast-paced, paranormal romantic suspense and humorous contemporary romance from her home in Cleveland, Ohio. When she's not reading or writing, you can find Amanda with her husband and three children, gathering beach glass on the Lake Erie shoreline or biking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.