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on Nov. 13, 2013 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review (Lop or Lovers of Paranormal). This book is the first in a series of novels. I personally do not like drop endings or severe cliffhangers and was VERY happy to not be left wanting at the end of this book. It can be read as a stand alone but it will obviously continue in the next series of books. However the way it is written does not leaving you wanting for completion but instead just wanting more of this family's story. I could not put this book down until after midnight and at 5am I was up to finish it off. The flow of the book is great, plenty of drama, and sexual excitement to keep it very interesting. This book does deal with physical abuse which I believe the author deals with in an extraordinary manner. I cringed at some parts but it made me connect even more with the characters. I desperately cannot wait to read the next book, then the next and anything else Ms. Burnz writes. Vampires, Gypsy's and very sexy story equal a really good book. I recommend you give this a try.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 15, 2013 :
This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure
Arial’s writing style is really easy to delve into and while the story is a historical paranormal romance, you could easy forget the historical part since it’s just part on the setting and not really centre in the story here. Now I do love history so I wouldn’t have minded but here is was even more easily forgotten because you focus on the characters and the story which could have happened anywhere, anytime. The rhythm is just what he should be not too fast, not too slow and action and romance are well mixed ( some really steamy scenes too!!)
This is the first book of a series (which will count 6books) but there isn’t a cliffhanger at all, you are left wanting more but have closure for this part of the story so you can be happy. Oh I want to read more and I’m glad to have book 2 and 3 but even if I have to wait I have a feeling of satisfaction which is a great thing once you turn the last page of a story.
You have 2 villains in this one… one immortal and one mortal… the immortal one, Angus, is important for the rest of the story and here we learn part of his motivations. Now he does act cruelly, he has a tortured and twisted mind but t the same time, in this first volume, I couldn’t really hate him. I don’t approve what he has done, far from it, I don’t like him for sure but I expected more from him I guess^^ (yes I have sadistic mind more important than the author sometimes;)) …he could have done a lot worse but didn’t so when you takes that into account and you compare with the human Villain Ian…you don’t take long to choose who to hate.
Ian, is human and married to Davina but he is all what a man shouldn’t be.. he is cruel , he tortures small animals ( I hate that!!) but also his wife and he doesn’t hesitate to beat her even when she is pregnant… worse even baby are not safe from him….he is the monster without a doubt…
Also he is greedy and his motivations are simply that power and money….while I could partly understand Angus motivations those from Ian are simply inexcusable…. I’m not even sure Angus would tolerate him and that saying a lot (but don’t worry like précised in the summary this book does have a Happy end and that include revenge on Ian)
I was really interested in the story and it’s only because I had to go to sleep that I stopped reading…the gypsies are interesting characters too, and welcoming and open minded. I hope we will see more of them. .. oki Veronique is the exception but she paid the price so she doesn’t count. Now curiously…one I didn’t appreciate immediately was Davina’s Father…he sounded wrong to me especially since at that time he could have cancelled the marriage after the first hit no question asked. She wouldn’t have lost her dowry (yes that’s something we often forget, at middle age, women had more rights and more protection than later (sometimes we regress… Napoleon fault) he tolerated it just for his advantage and then we learn he was probably even worse. Kerh is loyal brother and he tried to do his best to protect her sister like he did as a child… he would have made a great lord.
We also get some information about the vampire system in this universe.. the vampires called Vamsyrian must obey some rules… it’s forbidden to change someone in vampires…each one must make the willing choice, after having heard from both side, to become a vamsyrian or a member of the light, of the army of God, their opposite. One group is immortal, fears the sun and is “ dead” during the day, the other is mortal but has some powers and protection. We don’t really learn a lot about them yet but in next books probably, only that there are some prophecies for both groups.
If you love vampires romance, it’s really an excellent book and the author is really kind which is only a great bonus….also since it’s free you don’t have anything to lose so to try. To recommend
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