Breaking the Nexus

The Mythrian Realm, Book 1

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
224 Pages
Reviewed on 05/15/2015
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Breaking the Nexus is the first book in Lindsay Avalon's romantic fantasy series, The Mythrian Realm. Denver's got a serial killer haunting its streets, and homicide detective Connor Flynn is on the case. While his days are spent looking for clues, his nightly dreams have been taking him to bizarre and otherworldly places. When another mutilated corpse is found in an alley, Connor's faced with a person of interest who has no idea why she's covered with the victim's blood or how she got into the alleyway. Her name is Sha Phoenix, and she has neither any identification nor a cellphone. When Connor brings her in for questioning, she's unable to give him any useful information, though she does raise a few eyebrows at the station when she levitates a metal table in the interview room.

Lindsay Avalon's urban/epic romantic fantasy, Breaking the Nexus: The Mythrian Realm, Book 1, is an original and exciting novel that adroitly combines the police procedural and fantasy genres. While most of the action in this book takes place in Denver, the reader gets tantalizing glimpses of Sha's world, the Mythrian Realm, where her job seems to parallel Connor's role as a police detective. Both of them are fighters and champions, and it's a lot of fun to see how these two well-matched and competent characters work and play together. While the mystery takes precedence in this outstanding debut offering, the author includes some steamy, yet tasteful, erotic moments when Connor and Sha have a bit of downtime at his cabin. I had a marvelous time reading this book. I loved the blending of genres and especially appreciated Avalon's strong female lead. And yes, I'm quite curious about Sha's mystical realm and expect that I'll find out a bit more about it in the next book of the series. Breaking the Nexus: The Mythrian Realm, Book 1 is most highly recommended.

Janelle Alex, Ph.D.

Breaking the Nexus, the first book in the Mythrian Realm series, captures readers from the start. Author Lindsay Avalon grabs you with her depiction of Detective Connor Flynn's horrific nightmare. Avalon takes you on a frightening journey, alongside Connor, as he quickly begins to question whether it was just a dream or if somehow it was real. He is drawn to Sha Phoenix and so too will you be. Sha is fearsome and beautiful, but in a vulnerable space as Breaking the Nexus moves forward. Demonic creatures, murders in the human realm, and utter confusion have a fantastic effect on everyone, whether or not they realize, understand, or accept what is occurring. Telepathy, portals, runes, magic and a sexy romance are all interwoven in this story of fantasy and the paranormal.

Lindsay Avalon has crafted a magical tale that will leave your head spinning and your heart pounding. You may even need to leave a nightlight on. Be prepared for some graphic scenes and a handful of foul language. Yet, the placement of these enliven the story even more. You can feel the passion from Connor and Sha. You can feel their sexual desire and their desire to serve and protect. Their passion for both runs deep, but can they protect their respective worlds? Can they protect each other? More importantly, what I could hardly wait to discover and one of the things that kept me turning page after page was whether or not Connor and Sha could experience a romantic relationship in the midst of the terror that seemed to befall both their worlds. Kudos to Lindsay Avalon. Well done!

Stephen Fisher

Breaking the Nexus by Lindsay Avalon is the first book in The Mythrian Realm series that begins with the merging of two realms that previously only coexisted: the human realm and the Mythrian realm, which is where the legends of fairy tales were born. The gate linking both realms is called the Nexus, and it is protected by the Mythrian Sentinels. The adventures begin when a Sorceri Sentinel, Sha Phoenix, is sucked through a gate and into the human realm as it closes. She lands in a puddle of blood, right in the middle of a homicide crime scene. It’s lust at first sight for both Sha and Detective Connor Flynn. Sha goes from murder suspect to private police consultant as the city of Denver is thrust into chaos. Magic, murder, and mayhem bring two professionals from different dimensions together in a gripping love story as all hell is breaking loose upon humanity.

The characters that Ms. Avalon has created all have distinct personalities, complete with flaws and strengths that make them believable and perfect together as the heroes of her story. From the moment they meet, the attraction is immediate and powerful. Neither can understand how they have been connected consciously or unconsciously, but they accept it willingly. Lindsay demonstrates her love of romance novels with raw, unbridled passion between Connor and Sha. As the intensities of Breaking the Nexus reached fever pitch, I was left standing on an inescapable plateau, waiting for my only salvation; Lindsay Avalon’s next book of The Mythrian Realm.