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J.R. Pearse Nelson is a fantasy and paranormal romance author. Her work is fast-paced, adventurous, and sometimes dark.
J.R. is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two young daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, and the Foulweather Twins fantasy series.
You can connect with J.R. online at her blog. Visit www.jrpearsenelson.com.
C. Michael Hubbard
on March 26, 2012 :
Part two in her Sidhe series, an erotic Celtic fantasy.
This time we follow womanizing Sidhe Authority, Eddie Blake, and human witch, Alise Rodgers, as they unwittingly uncover a malicious plot to bring war back to the Sidhe. It seems some of the true blooded Sidhe have a problem now that Hazel, Alise's best friend, and half-Sidhe, is queen. With her crowning, the Council talks of bringing more half-breeds into Otherworld, tainting the true line. Yes once again, war is brewing, and it has awakened the Lady Morrigan, Goddes of war.
Another quick paced novella (taking time out for steamy eroticness of course) that carries you to the end and leaves you wanting more. J.R.'s story telling ability has eclipsed what she did with the first novella, Tribute, and promises to take us even deeper into Tir Nan Og. I can't wait. Her main characters, Eddie and Alise, feel fuller in this book, more realistic.
I still wish she were more descriptive about the Otherworld and give us more past history, but that's just me. This is a very streamlined novella that I did enjoy, and am looking forward to the next novel in the Sidhe series. Bravo J.R., please don't keep me waiting to long.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 17, 2012 :
Vessel is the second book in the Children of the Sidhe series. (See review of book #1, Tribute.) And, as much as I loved and enjoyed book 1 I have to say Vessel was even better. The characters and world richer and more engaging (which is saying something considering how well she did originally, lol).
In this instalment of the Children stories, we find Alise, self-sufficent witch, being drawn into both the war between factions of the Sidhe and into the arms of Eddie, the womanizing half-sidhe.
The love story is slightly less complicated but just as fulfilling and the intrigue is way more! Well, any time you get the ancient Goddess Morrigan’s attention I’d have to say it counts as more. The story is perfect for this size, novella, and yet still manages to leave you wanting the next book even before you set this one down.
I normally have more to say but I don’t want to reveal too much so let’s just go with: Great story and wonderful characters. I’d recommend for anyone that loves paranormal, fantasy, romance, or any combo there of.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 26, 2012 :
I'll be bold and say that Vessel is better than Tribute, not that the latter was bad but the story is getting richer and more interesting because J.R. Pearse is letting the characters tell the story for us. The love story is exciting and the conflict more intriguing, (Morrigan just got herself involved in the war, yay!)and the underlying threat to the Otherworld and the Children promises something epic in the future. This story is perfect for a novella format and the cliffhangers are done just right for the next arc of the story to take off from. Though the tale shifts from different perspectives, there is an underlying theme that ties it all together just like any other series and the flow of the main story is fluid and doesn't stall.
However being in novella length, I'm sure you'll find limitations that would leave you wanting more developments on some characters or events but in my opinion, it actually works well with this story. It keeps it focused on the highlights instead of the endless fillers we usually read in novel series. My personal comment is I'd like to see more character development on the male leads by adding another layer in their personalities that will make them more distinct and synonymous to a word or adjective (ie Barrons - arrogant; V'lane - sexy; Eric Northman - viking).
Nonetheless, I will most definitely follow these Children, their amorous affairs and their fate behind the veil.
(reviewed the day of purchase)