Sunday, October 10, 2010

Review of Haunted by Your Touch by Tradermare…

I can’t believe it’s Sunday already! I’ve been busy with packing away all my books and clearing my apartment for the arrival of my new book cases (YAY!), work, and then the unexpected, but happy occasion, of my brother’s engagement yesterday. Steampunk Sunday has, thus, been cut from the program today, which in this case is not a great loss, instead you will get a wonderful review of Jeaniene Frost’s short story, Night’s Darkest Embrace, from the soon to be released Haunted by Your Touch. My wonderful friend, Tradermare, is once again guest reviewing on my blog. Give her a warm welcome everybody!

cvr9781439166765_9781439166765 Title: Haunted by Your Touch

Author(s): Shayla Black, Jeaniene Frost, Sharie Kohler

Publisher: Pocket Star

Date of Publication: October 26th, 2010

ISBM: 9781439166765

Summary:

Enter the dark realm of Nocturna in Jeaniene Frost's redhot tale, where blisteringly sexy Raphael dominates the demons of a lawless dimension and tries to help a beautiful young woman avenge her cousin's disappearance. In the shadowy world of Shayla Black's Doomsday Brethren, magical warrior Raiden vows to protect his woman and their unborn youngling from evil—and deliver her safely to another man. But once he's saved her, can he let her go? Lycans rule the night in Sharie Kohler's suspenseful story, as a fiery woman stalks mysterious Luc, the undeniably hypnotic being she believes can save her from turning . . . if she kills him. Danger beckons in these captivating paranormal tales that will tempt readers to the edge and leave them begging for more. (From www.simonandschuster.com)

Review:

I was lucky enough to obtain an ARC of a new paranormal romance anthology, Haunted by Your Touch, containing three novellas, one of them by Jeaniene Frost. I was curious to read something other than a Night Huntress story from Jeaniene Frost, and she did not disappoint. Unfortunately, because of real life and the time management challenges it brings, I have not had time to read Mated by Shayla Black, or Darkest Temptation by Sharie Kohler, the other two stories in the anthology, so I will not be reviewing those offerings.

This review may contain minor spoilers.

In the short story, Night’s Darkest Embrace, Jeaniene Frost has once again created a world where we can believe that supernatural beings live among us, hiding their true nature, undetected by most humans. While these demons, partials, and fallen angels coexist with us, gateways or portals between our world and theirs allow them to travel between exciting and sometimes terrifying parallel realms.

At the center of the story is Mara—a feisty, gun-toting, dimension-hopping partial demon, seeking to avenge her cousin’s disappearance. Mara’s demon attributes allow her to detect and pass through the gateway into Nocturna, an alternate dimension where it is always night. Her search for her cousin’s abductors begins with her return to Bonecrushers bar, where demons congregate in the darkness for warm beer, among other things.

Mara’s prime suspect is Nocturna’s ruler, Rafael. Convinced he knows more than he is telling her, Mara must fight her personal feelings for Rafael as she pieces together the events of that fateful night, and her impulsive reactions may end up jeopardizing her existence and the existence of others in both the demon and human realms.

As always, Jeaniene Frost gives us interesting, complex, and at times, frightening characters that propel the story to its satisfying conclusion. In Mara, we get a character full of determination to uncover the truth behind what happened to her cousin, with a spunky personality and fighting spirit that will remind you of other beloved Jeaniene Frost female protagonists. As the lead male character, Rafael has all the right moves, both in and out of the bedroom, and the description of one of his “attributes” left me breathless. The romantic scenes did not disappoint.

Jeaniene Frost paints a rich landscape with her descriptions of Nocturna and the other realms in this novella, along with creating interesting rules governing mating and feeding habits. The fast paced, action/romance captivated and satisfied, while leaving me yearning for more stories from Nocturna and this world of demons, partials, and fallens.

Overall, an enjoyable read. Four out of five teacups

  

 

1 comments:

smittenskitten said...

Awesoe review Trader. Still in NH Bk2, guess it will be awhile before I start this.
Love the cup system greenie ;p

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