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Zoe Winters writes quirky and sometimes dark paranormal romance and fantasy.
on April 12, 2013 :
An excellent read, and a great addition to the series.
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)
on May 28, 2012 :
Lead female character was whiny, dithery and I kept yelling at her to take her head out of the sand. She was really annoying. Writing good but story seemed too long and couldn't bring myself to care about it after a while. Secondary characters (the prostitutes) helped the story, but too fluffy and girly for me. Couldn't get through the last 1/3 of book. Feel like this would have made a great novella not a longer novel. Loved Zoe's other books though, so looks like some of her characters and stories are just not for me!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on July 18, 2011 :
Strangely this story gave me nightmares, I still can't figure out why though. It's sexy, hot, romantic and engaging, but not scary or spooky.
Anyway I loved Anna's feisty energy, her willingness to help Luc but not compromise her beliefs. Luc's possessiveness and protectiveness both gave him an alpha male vibe. I liked how he was at terms with what he was. Their chemistry was great and I loved the banter between them. The sexual tension helped keep you on edge and move the book forward. The plot was interesting, I liked the varied dimensions and world building. Ms Winters did an excellent job. The different creatures and magic were great. This book is very enthralling and I didn't want to put it down until the end and then I was sad when it ended. The twists and turns keep you riveted. Ms Winters know just when to drop each piece you need to figure out the puzzle, and boy oh boy you're not disappointed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, yet felt there was something I was missing as this is book two, although clearly able to be a stand alone, I may have to go back and get number one to see if I'm right. But then again maybe it was just that I didn't want the book to really end. In any case I'll be looking for more books by Ms Winters in the future.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)
on July 09, 2011 :
I am still new to the demon world and this story was a good way to get them on my good side. Luc is such a sweet demon if demons can be sweet that I found him as irresistible as the main character, Anna.
I should also mention that the demon focus was on an incubus.
ooo, and there is a cool twist in the end that I liked to this paranormal romance.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
on July 03, 2011 :
I truely enjoyed this book and it does stand very well on it's own as this is my first Zoe Winters book. What can I say about the plot & story line that hasn't already been said?!? The ending... suspected, rejected, and was shocked as it fit perfectly in a way I could not of imagined! I loved the "girls" they were a great addition to the story & so very clever & brave on Anna's part as well as just plain fun. Boy! Did they ever think they had died and gone to Heaven, Ha! All in all it was a fun, twisty, and oh so enjoyable read. Glad I found you Zoe Winters!!
(review of free book)
on June 23, 2011 :
Very good story, interesting twist at the end!!!
(review of free book)
on June 18, 2011 :
This was a fun book, and a pleasant surprise. With the incubus angle, I thought it might be a lot more explicit than it was, one sexual encounter after the other with not much else to recommend it, but as it turned out, I couldn't have been more wrong. There's plenty of steam, lots of wonderful sexual tension, and a little bit of explicit sex, but in addition, there are well-drawn, sympathetic primary and secondary characters, and an interesting story. And although the final outcome was never really in doubt, the last plot twist took me totally by surprise. Didn't see that one coming at all. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys paranormal romance!
(review of free book)
on June 11, 2011 :
Title Thoughts: It really fits.
Cover Thoughts: I really like the covers and the placement of his hand because it's possessive and holding her close.
WARNINGS: Cuss words here and there and lots of talk of sex along with a minor sex scene or two.
First, let me just say that there is just something I like about the whole idea of a sex demon. Let's add that into the pot with Luc, Anna, Cain, witches and more and we have a really good book. Add that with Zoe Winters and we have an even better book. Needless to say, I really liked this book and I most definitely plan on reading more by Winters.
I loved Anna's character. She has the odd sense of humor that had me laughing at some of the more serious moments in the book. I liked Luc and how he didn't try to change who he was entirely. He was who he was and he tried his best to work with that. He didn't completely resent who he was. He even embraced it sometimes. I loved that about him. He didn't whine about being something he didn't want to be because of a woman. (Although, I think he was perfectly fine being who he was.)
The ending really surprised me. I would have been just as surprised if a hand jumped out of the book and slapped me. Never saw it coming and I congratulate Winters for her sneakiness. This is another one of those books that gave me a little high from reading it.
Addict's Last Words: Save My Soul is a book with an interesting take on a different kind of demon that I undeniably enjoyed.
To Buy or To Borrow: This is a buy for me because like I said above, there is just something I like about this kind of demon.
Disclosure: I am a member of the The Bookish Snob Promotions and a copy was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Book Lovin' Bitches Ebook Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
on June 08, 2011 :
I decided to read Save My Soul after seeing the book trailer on one of my favorite author’s (Claudia D. Christian) website. I figured if she liked it and was recommending this book then I might like it too.
In Save My Soul, I received my first introduction to the incubus demon. This was quite an intriguing creature for me since I’m all about the smut. The smuttier the better and reading about a demon that survives off the sexual energy of females seemed really hot!
Anna Worthington has just returned to her childhood town of Golatha Falls, Georgia to settle some affairs from her late father’s estate. Not wanting to stay in town for longer than she needs to, Anna starts to head out but decides to take a detour down Cranberry Lane to look at a house that she has been in love with since childhood. The house is for sale and while taking a tour of the house, Anna feels compelled to buy it.
Soon after moving in Anna starts to hear things go bump in the night. It starts out with objects getting moved around, her television being turned on automatically and seemingly stuck on the Food Network channel. She had heard the house was haunted by a ghost named Beatrice and just assumes that is who is haunting her. But then one night during an attempted date rape, Luc appears out of nowhere to defend her against her assailant. To her horror she realizes that she is not being haunted by a harmless old lady but a scary demon.
Luc is an incubus demon who has been trapped in the house ever since a witch named Beatrice cursed him 50 years ago. He and Beatrice had been lovers but Beatrice could not accept Luc’s need to feed from other females. Their love affair ends tragically in death leaving Luc to haunt the various families that live in the Cranberry Lane house or live alone when the house is empty.
Luc falls in love with Anna. He bonds her to him to keep her safe from other incubi and won’t allow her to leave him for extended periods of time. He flirts with Anna and taunts her shamelessly but she still will not give in to his numerous attempts at seduction. Anna knows that if she doesn’t figure out how to break the curse that she will end up becoming another meal for Luc.
To buy herself some time, Anna brings back a harem of prostitutes for Luc to feed from. For real? Yes. That move was laugh out loud funny to me. ‘Here honey, here’s some other kitty cat for you to play with. Now leave me the hell alone.’ Well played, Anna! I almost felt sorry for Luc. He wasn’t even a little excited at the prospect of having five live-in lovers. All he wanted was Anna.
“You know it could be so good. You have to feel this thing between us. Those other girls, they’re just food. It doesn’t mean anything. You’re the one I want.”
She rolled her eyes and chucked a pillow at him. “Yes, the male argument from time immemorial. They don’t mean anything. It’s just sex. Bullshit. I told you I cannot and will not share.” ~ Luc & Anna
Save My Soul had a lot going on in it. There were several quirky characters that added depth to the story and Zoe Winters did a great job with the dialogue in this book. The snarky banter between all the characters was humorous and I loved the interactions between Luc and Anna. I was rooting for them throughout the book as I really did like Luc a lot. A whole host of supernatural characters tries to help Anna break Beatrice’s curse. But in this twisted ending, Anna is the only one who can save Luc.
(review of free book)
Lori (Romancing the Dark Side)
on June 08, 2011 :
A haunting read you will devour!
After many long years and the death of her father, Anna Worthington has returned to her hometown down South to set her father's affairs in order. After seeing her dream home up for sale, Anna decides to purchase it despite all the rumors of it being haunted. Anna happily moves into her new home and soon starts to realize the town's rumors might not be rumors after all. Her dream house comes with it's own sexy incubus named Luc that has been trapped in the house for over fifty years by an awful curse. Anna is instantly attracted to the smart mouthed Luc but is determined to find a way to get him out of her house and out of her life, in her attempts to "exorcise" the incubus she'll learn it's no mere coincidence she's bought this house. Anna holds the key in breaking Luc's curse but the price for his freedom is something she's not willing to pay.
The beginning of this book was such a surprise! I don't scare easily but I must admit I wanted to sleep with the nightlight on after reading the first few chapters of this book, luckily it got less creepy the more I read and I was able to sleep with the lights out (haha). That being said, I found this to be an intriguing read. I want to say this is my first paranormal romance with an incubus and I found the concept very original. The author's writing style of mixing humor and mystery pulls you in and keeps your interest until the final page.
Anna and Luc are fun and lovable characters. The sexual tension between these two is first class! The slow build of their relationship gives you a better look inside the characters and their emotions. I loved that Anna isn't a "loner" heroine and has a best friend that sticks by her in good times and bad. The secondary characters are just as entertaining and add a little spice to the plot. There are plenty of twists and turns that keep you engaged and reveal a climactic ending!
Save My Soul is a heartwarming love story with memorable characters that is brilliantly written. I love a book with an unpredictable ending and this was just that. It's a top notch paranormal romance with the best of elements: mystery, steamy romance and great humor! A must-read in my book, trust me, you won't be disappointed.
Although second in the series, Save My Soul can be read as a stand-alone without a problem.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
on May 24, 2011 :
Save My Soul is my first read from author Zoe Winters but it will not be my last.
From the first I was intrigued with Anna's story if a bit confused... When the light dawned that there was more than just a story about an old house being possessed by a restless and sometimes destructive spirit I was totally hooked and kept reading until every page was devoured!
Not only is there plenty of snarky humor when Anna tries to "exorcise" the spirit but there is also a very well built up romantic relationship between Anna and Luc... While there is a lot of tension between Anna and Luc sexually there is not a lot of actual sex , which for me was great because while tension adds to the plot some of the time too much sexual interaction being the main focus really detracts from it... There is a lot going on in the story that will keep any reader glued to the pages, the best part is that you never see the twist in the ending coming at you until it happens...
For me that makes a great plot, one that keeps you so busy turning pages that while everything is happening it just flows smoothly and you enjoy the action so much there is no stopping until the story finishes...
Like everyone else who has read this book I heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys a hot succubus , humor, paranormal suspense, romance and the consequences of witches curses as well as a little fantasy in their reading diet!
I must disclose that this was a review copy received as part of the author's June 7th through July 1st blog tour hosted by The Bookish Snob Promotions with my e-copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. There was no other compensation for reading this book from the author, the tour host or publisher other than my pleasure of reading the book .
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on May 11, 2011 :
This is my first book I have read from Zoe and I will now be going out and getting more. This book was totally awesome.
It got me wrapped in the story within the first chapter. At first I was thinking oh crap this is going to be freaky but I was okay.(in case you were worried) Once you get into this book you will not be able to put it down. As we go through it to we meet some really enjoyable characters. Like the posse of hookers. Even they were just really fun and you really wanted to see them around.
The way Anna and Luc's relationship developed was brilliant. It wasn't head over heals in love or jumping into bed real fast. You really could see them growing on each other and understood when they pulled away.
Oh and the ending I so did not see that coming. I was pretty damn surprised. I honestly would never ever have guessed that. Which to me is GREAT! This whole book weaved together perfectly. Even little tid bits you hear get wrapped up!
Great Book, can not wait to read more from Zoe.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on April 12, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this, the first novel I've read of Zoe Winters. Loved the wisecracks, and the ambient humour made me smile. The supporting characters are finely drawn, and the twists in the plot/storyline kept me intrigued. Both the sex and love scenes (there is a difference) read as integral parts of the story, as they should, and not as add-ons. Perhaps this is why I didn't see the end coming at all.
If you've never read Paranormal Romance, this is a good one with plenty of story, well conveyed.
(review of free book)
on March 30, 2011 :
I don't particularly like writing reviews but I just wanted to say that I really liked this book. I got stuck into it and read it all in one night. There were a few things which could have been improved but the story could have been a hell of a lot worse. I give it four and a half stars.
This is the first Zoe Winters book I've read. Now I might just read the others.
(review of free book)
on March 30, 2011 :
I loved Save My Soul. Zoe Winters has amazingly polished her writing and the story flows smoothly through the whole book. The plot is set up brilliantly and things you thought were just fillers in the story gets picked up later. In the end there’s several twists, each one of them making you speed up your reading to see what happens next. I have to admit, I did not see THAT coming.
In the beginning we get to know Anna, who after her fathers death returned to the town she grew up in. With a heritage she doesn’t really need to worry about money, so she buys a house she loved as a kid and settles in. Anna is not one to believe in ghosts and magic, but when it becomes evident, that she’s not alone in the house with her cats the story starts to unfold.
We’re introduced with Luc, the sexy incubi, who can’t leave the house. Tam, Anna’s childhood friend, coming back into her life. Horrifyingly realistic nosy neighbors, more demons, priests, hookers, gypsies, a van that plays the ghostbusters theme. The range of the secondary characters is astounding and all of them so well written. Makes you wonder which one Winters will pick to be the heroine in her next book – asuming she still continues with the same fictional world. I guess it would be Tam, though one of the hookers would be a really interesting choice to read about.
And when you’re reading a book where there’s an incubi, you should know to be ready for some steamy moments. All the sexual tension and sex scenes are – as the rest of the book – very well written and leaves you with a craving. The scenes don’t feel misplaces as they can in some books – in Save My Soul they have a rightfully claimed spot.
I can’t find anything real to criticize and I might end up repeating myself, but it’s just that good. There was only one minor thing with Anna’s thoughts about Cecelia Townsend, that snapped me out of the book when I read it, because it seemed to be contrary to what had been told to us just a bit earlier.
Anyway Save My Soul is a great book. Go read it. :)
(review of free book)
Zoe E. Whitten
on March 18, 2011 :
Save My Soul is the story of Anna, a woman who returns to her hometown for her father’s funeral and rediscovers her obsession with an old house. Only after she’s bought it and moved in does anyone clue her in that she’s got a supernatural roommate, Luc, (short for Lucien) an incubus with gorgeous looks and a killer appetite for sex. Luc has been trapped in the house for a long time, and since Anna isn’t interested in leaving, the demon wants her to help him escape by torching the house. And since Anna has been obsessed with the house since childhood, that’s not happening.
Things become more complicated with the arrival of another incubus, Cain. Hoping to protect Anna from Cain, Luc performs blood magic on Anna that has far reaching consequences for both demon and human. More drama is added with the arrival of a witchy best friend and a harem of hookers. And that’s before the book kicks you in the gut with its metaphysical premise about Earth being in one of many temporal dimensions.
There’s so much to like in this story. The characters are challenging and yet it’s still possible to relate to most everyone in the story. The pacing is fast, and the plot unfolds well without making any revelation feel jarring, even the surprise twists. The story builds to a tense conclusion, and then closes with a semisweet epilogue. Even the bit characters offered some nice character development in their tiny subplots, so this is a book that gives a lot for the short size.
Since I enjoyed the book so much, I’m giving Save My Soul 4.5 stars and would recommend it to fans of fantasy, dark fantasy, romance, and urban fantasy. I’m going back to read Claimed and Mated, and I can’t wait for book 3 of this series to hit virtual book shelves soon.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
on Jan. 29, 2011 :
I’m more than a little stunned. Not because I didn’t expect the book to be so good. Hell, I’ve read Kept, Claimed, and Mated. I know Zoe Winters has some mad story-telling skills. Having mad story-telling skills, however, isn’t the same as having the skills to make me believe a romance is possible between an Incubus and a human. This is why you should NEVER. EVER. tell a writer what they can and cannot do because they will do it out of spite and it will blow your mind every time. In the hands of a capable writer, anything is possible. Zoe’s proving to be much more than a capable writer.
I have only one criticism, and you know? I’m not even really sure it counts as one. I think Zoe’s style has matured a lot since Kept, and it shows because for most of the story, this book didn’t feel like it was even written for the same universe as the Book 1. Except, it’s not supposed to. Totally different setting. And we expect to have other places feel different right? The world of the Preternaturals is expanding, branching out. I can appreciate that, especially when we found out about-but no, that’s a spoiler.
I did see the HUGE TWISTY PLOT TWIST, that I also absolutely WON’T be sharing with any of you, coming but I did so with a gleeful chuckle and lots of evil palm rubbing. It made the whole story come full-circle in a spectacular way, in my humble opinion. So it makes me feel smart when I could say ahead of time “Oooooh! I see what you’re doing here.”
There were other things that I didn’t see coming though. Things that I D’ohed for not even thinking about.
I’m going to warn you though. After reading this book, you’re going to wish you had a significant other around. Sufficed to say, Save my Soul reeks of sexual tension, and what a delicious reek it is. Luc definitely has a spot on my Favorite Heroes list. One that I have to get around to re-writing one of these days. Anna too (Heroines, obviously). Ms. Winter’s writes brilliant snark. Her heroines might get tossed around, betrayed, and have their lives do a complete 360 but they always have a sense of humor about it. Probably to keep from going insane like the rest of us probably would if we were faced with the same events. Maybe.
Something I wanted to mention also was how much I loved how Winters wrote the friendship between Anna and Tam, one of the supporting cast. It was refreshing for once to read about a female friendship that didn’t involve lots of backstabbing and BS similar in office politics. They weren’t friends just because girls aren’t supposed to be mean so anyone you have even the vaguest familiarity with counts as a ‘friend’. They gave a damn about one another, and didn’t secretly wish to be anywhere but in the others presence. They enjoyed one another’s company. Like the way it should be. Their banter made me chuckle, more often than not because it reminded me of the way I am with my friends, and thank you Zoe for portraying what a healthy female friendship is like.
I’m hoping Tam might show up again, since there seems to be a running trend for Zoe to give supporting characters their own books. But either way? I don’t think I’ll be disappointed by a Zoe Winters read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)