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Lauralynn Elliott is an independently published author of paranormal and fantasy romance books, as well as some horror. She started the indie journey several years ago and has never regretted it, loving the freedom to publish what she wants when she wants. You will find everything from vampires and ghosts to elves and wizards in her novels and novellas. She enjoys putting a little bit of a different twist on some of the old ideas about our favorite fictional characters.
Lauralynn lives in the southeastern United States with her husband of many years. She has two grown sons whom she adores. Reading, playing computer games, and spending time with friends are some of her favorite activities.
on Oct. 13, 2014 :
Vampires' Curse - The Libby Fox Trilogy
I read this trilogy as a set so before I review each book individually, here is an overview.
As book 1 and book 2 ended I kept reading on. Libby Fox is a brilliant heroine. What I loved most about her was, even though she had strong feelings for Adam, she knew she wouldn't share him with a blood donor, nor did she want to be bitten. I loved the way she visited him to remind herself that they came from different worlds. I feel this made her stay true to her character. She has been self reliant all of her life and had she u-turned without any reason, I don't think it would have fit. She is funny, sarky, brave and very likable - even when she jumps the gun.
Book 1 - Dark Relic
Libby Fox is a private investigator who is struggling to make it big. As her usual cases concern cheating spouses or corrupt business partners, she is thrown for a loop when when the enigmatic Adam Ryder hires her regarding the kidnapping of sixteen year old Julie Bowman. He is adamant that the police should not be involved as the kidnappers want a rare artifact that is in the possession of Julie's father. And under no circumstances will the kidnappers walk away with the relic . . But this is the only information Adam Ryder is willing to part with.
Libby takes the intriguing case and embarks on a journey which brings her into a world she never knew existed. Vampires, vampire hunters and an ancient relic that can destroy all vampires in a heartbeat.
I really enjoyed this book. Libby is strong, independent, sarcastic and smart. When she discovers the truth about Adams' nature, she takes her own time to process everything and I really like that! Adam is handsome, loyal and fiercely protective of his family and friends. As heroes go, Adam Ryder ticks all of the boxes. A great short read that will have the reader plowing into book 2 for more.
Book 2 - Secrets of the Wolf
In book 1 Lauralynn Elliott gave us Adam Ryder and vampires. In book 2, she gives us Blake Harding and wolves.
Things between Libby and Adam are unsettled. Rescuing Julie in book 1 did not go to plan and the relic is now in the wrong hands. The relic is not the only asset that is in the wrong hands. Blake Harding hires Libby to locate a book that has been stolen from him. Blake tells Libby that she must locate the book before the next full moon - which is in a week!
Libby shows her human side in this book. She makes mistakes, but in all fairness, she is up against some very scary and powerful creatures. Libby and Adam's relationship is looked at more closely, and even though he makes his feelings known to her *SIGH*, she is unsure if she can ever commit fully to a vampire's needs.
Secrets of the Wolf has some very evil bad guys. (One pair in particular creeped me out as much as an episode of Criminal Minds). This scene is brilliantly written and will have the reader thinking twice before trusting someone with a friendly smile.
Another great book -roll on book 3!
Book 3 - Search for the Vampires' Curse
The third and last installment brings the previous two books together in a roller-coaster of action. After chasing the relic but being one step behind, Libby, Adam and Blake travel to the Amazon Rain-forest in Brazil to find the dark relic that has been wiping out covens of vampires in The States.
Libby knows she is pushing Adam away so much that he may never return to her, but she cannot get past her own issues. Her friendship with Blake is developing more and more, and Blake lets her know that if she continues to push Adam away, she will eventually lose him forever. This is Libby's fear too, but she still has a hang-up that she cannot find words for.
In this book, Lauralynn's writing is, as usual, amazing. The descriptions of the jungle in Brazil, the creatures that live there, the foliage and wild-life reminded me of a BBC nature documentary. I shrieked along with the heroine when two certain creatures took special interest in her! I love how the three main characters did not have the love triangle angst that many books seem to have. I think it's because the characters are more mature, and like Libby's aversion to being bitten, such a story line would have taken merit away from the books.
A must read for fans of paranormal and anyone who likes their heroines with flaws (but who can walk without stumbling every two steps!) And their heroes to be hot, honest and humble (who can get jealous without going all caveman!) A great trilogy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 05, 2014 :
Vampire's Curse by Lauralynn Elliott
The Libby Fox Trilogy
These books are sold separately, I'm glad I had the trilogy as I couldn't stop reading after the first book. You know more is going to happen. They are shorter books and easy reads. There is romance, but it's somewhat secondary to the suspense going on. It is all told from Libby's point of view as well.
Book 1: Dark Relic
Private investigator Libby Fox is approached by Adam Ryder to help find a young girl who was kidnapped while in his care. And he's willing to pay a nice fee to get her back. This case changes everything Libby ever believed to be true. Vampires existed but there were others out there who are more evil. And could she fall for a man who was dead in the day and needed blood donors to survive? And what about the relic?
Book 2: Secrets of the Wolf
At least Adam Ryder was sending more business Libby Fox's way. One of his rich neighbors hired her to find a missing book. Again with the mystery though. And then she gets her second big whammy in a few weeks, vampires are not the only paranormals living in her world. And she still is undecided whether she can have a relationship with the handsome vampire or not. What happened to her boring life? And who knew there were so many hunks in the paranormal world?
Book 3: Search for the Vampire's Curse
The nasty vampire hunter Fiona is on the move, using the relic for its evil purpose. Libby Fox will do all she can to protect Adam and the other vampires from the relic. Even if she's still undecided about Adam and his all or nothing ultimatum. Their chase for the relic leads them to the jungles of Brazil. Libby is running out of time to decide about Adam. She either can give him her all or learn to live without him, forever.
**Mild sexual content
(reviewed the day of purchase)