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Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite
"Chrysalis: The Awakening" by M L Lacy is an interesting combination of paranormal and contemporary romance. In her early thirties, Aubrey Marie - Bree - discovers that she is the Chosen One, the last Chosen One. She has a clan of vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals protecting her. Esmerelda, the egomaniac sorceress, is out to destroy Bree so that she can gain supremacy over the human race. Life hasn’t been easy for Bree, with so much being kept secret from her, mysterious accidents happening to her, and on top of all that, a disastrous marriage to an abusive man, Nick. Bree has been ‘mated’ to Stephen since her birth but her memories of him have been blocked for her benefit. Suddenly he is in her life again and she can’t explain the peculiar attraction she feels towards him, or why it seems that she knows him. Gradually, at a family reunion in Vegas, her recollection of the past comes back to her. Bree’s world is about to change - big time.
Lacy creates reality, fantasy settings and action equally well. She is a very readable author with a direct, easy style that gets to the point and keeps the story motoring along. She uses the concept of a chrysalis as being a stage of development in this book. Bree is developing, both as a woman relating to men and as a magical being. She is strong, active and very likeable. All the characters are complex and cleverly drawn. There is an element of erotic romance entwined in with all the other action. This book has everything and is an extremely accomplished novel.