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Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite
Passion Never Dies is a collection of the four novellas in Anna Durand’s Reborn series. In Reborn to Die, Dawn wakes up in a tank in a laboratory, with no memory of her life or identity. Jake rescues her and informs her that she’s a regenerated Egyptian mummy. Redeo, the company that regenerated her, is hunting both her and Jake. If they’re caught then they’ll be separated forever and Dawn will live the remainder of her life as a lab rat. Reborn to Burn gives us a glimpse into Dawn’s supernatural abilities while cranking up the chemistry between her and Jake. We delve deeper into the mysterious connection Dawn and Jake share in Reborn to Avenge, while also coming face to face with the true reasons why Redeo is so desperate to capture Dawn. In Reborn to Conquer, the couple faces their most difficult test yet when an ancient curse manifests to destroy them.
Although I found the idea of a regenerated mummy implausible at first, most of the details were soon explained to my satisfaction. One issue I have with this series is Dawn’s incongruous pale skin and red hair. Her appearance is more Celtic than Egyptian. However, Dawn and Jake have an interesting dynamic. Their soul mate bond legitimises their instant chemistry and the steamier scenes sizzle. Although Jake does exhibit Alpha male traits at times, he never becomes too obnoxious. Dawn’s character exhibits vulnerability at times, but remains capable and confident. Anna Durand has introduced a fresh and exciting concept to the often stale paranormal romance genre.