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Neela: The Blue Pearl


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An inviting tale of forbidden love that satisfies strongly geared towards Young Adult readership.

Who is He? 

Neela doesn't know, not yet, and neither do we, but that is the richness of this tale. Readers meet Neela, a young woman coming of age who is curious, adventurous and trepidatious …all the things most 18 year old's are. She's at that uncertain age where she is discovering herself and the world around her and readers are drawn into her world through her tentative explorations. Tentative, that is, until she meets Cheveyo.

Cheveyo is the epitome of strength, yet he hides secrets Neela cannot force herself to ignore. He is mysterious, possibly dangerous, yet irresistible. He's also drawn to her despite her odd, nearly albino beauty. Perhaps it's her uniqueness he finds so tantalizing... perhaps it's because she's the strength his hidden weakness needs. He's unsure, but cannot stop himself from revealing more than he should to her.

More than he should because a romance between them is forbidden in his world and against all that is thought natural in hers; yet they cannot deny what they feel. This story has a definitive Twilight meets Shape of Water feel to it with it's dominant alpha and dangerously willing submissive players, which may or may not appeal to all readers. The characters were well-drawn, however and relate-able and the tension between Chevayo and Neela was appealing. My only disappointment was the writing, while not terrible by any means, was strongly geared towards Young Adult readership.

An inviting tale of forbidden love that satisfies.

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Cynthia A. Morgan is an award-winning author of Fantasy, Dystopian Action, Romance and Poetry. Morgan's captivating tales serve as a backdrop for messages like 'show thankfulness through kindness and appreciate blessings through generosity' and 'the only way to achieve peace is by becoming peace'

About the author

I'm not a big fan of adulting. I will when necessary but I prefer not to. I believe you can maintain a sense of childhood wonder as you age and I'm certainly living proof of that. Email me at or follow me on Pintrest @ TK Woods view profile

Published on December 02, 2020

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Young Adult

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