Xenophobia is another one of those delicious and rarely used words of the English language. It fits perfectly into the paranormal genre, and I first discovered this word during my dissertation research about vampires in popular culture. Xenophobia translates as a fear of that which is considered alien, foreign or unusual. In the Redcliffe novels, there are lots of issues relating to this word.
Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel) introduces us to Jessica Stone and her best friend and business partner, Elizabeth Gormond. Jessica is happily single and independent, enjoying a quite and safe life supported by a few choice, loyal friends. Then she meets police detective Jack Mason and his identical twin brother Danny, and her life begins to fall apart as she falls deeply in love, experiencing all that this wild, untamed emotion has to offer.
Xenophobia is reflected in the second book Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel) by the intrusion of Jack’s ancient and terrifying mistress, Emily Rose. The French vampire turned Jack when he was a soldier fighting in World War One. In present day Redcliffe, she pursues him across continents, intent on reclaiming the lover that she covets so much. Emily Rose is dangerous, cunning, and fierce. She doesn’t reckon on the power of a newly awakened witch, however.
The trilogy concludes in Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel), although this is by no means the end of the Redcliffe story. Jessica has to fight against everything she ever believed in for the sake of her romantic relationship. In effect, she becomes that which she fears the most, and her life will never be the same again. Hers is a tale of passion, adventure, torment and evolution.
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