Saturday, January 12, 2013

Demon's Curse by Alexa Egan + Featured Freebie

Demon's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood, #1)
A fast-paced and captivating debut—the first in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood series about shape shifters in Regency-era England.

A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bianca Parrino believes she has everything she wants. Independence. Wealth. And a life finally free of her violent, abusive husband. But when her close friend, Adam, is murdered, and Bianca is suspected in his death, she is unwittingly drawn into the search for his killer, and soon must question everything she believes—about her friend, about herself, and about a world she never knew existed.

A member of the mysterious race of shape-shifting Imnada and part of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery gathered intelligence during the Napoleonic wars. As a result of a savage massacre, Mac and the men he served with are cursed. Now one of them has been found murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada has been discovered at last. His only link to unearthing the truth is the beautiful actress who turns up unexpectedly at Adam’s funeral.

Before long, Mac has more to contend with than Bianca’s overt mistrust, his ill-fated attraction to the haughty and beautiful actress, and his ongoing search for an end to the curse. Because Adam’s killer is back, and Mac is next on his list.

My Rating: 4/5

A lovely paranormal/historical romance! Though there were a few minor issues. However, despite those few problems, this book was amazing.

Can we just take a moment to admire that gorgeous cover? Seriously, the cover for this book is phenomenal, one of the best romance covers I've ever seen. Kudos to whoever designed it, because it is fantastic.

Now, to the actual book.
I really liked the idea of a combination of historical and paranormal romance. I've read a couple before and really enjoyed each one, so I was hoping Demon's Curse would be just as good. And it definitely was.

Bianca was different from most historical romance heroines-not the least of which she was an actress. She was fiercely independent, determined to never have to rely on anyone after her marriage. And she was definitely strong to overcome everything that she went through. My issue with her is that she jumped to conclusions way to quickly. When she met Mac, she immediately assumed the worst without bothering to know more. It was just a minor issue, but it did annoy me a little. 
But, otherwise, Bianca was a very likable heroine. When she finally realized she was wrong, she become a lovely character. And I ended up quite liking  her.

Mac was just as wonderful. He was sweet, strong, clever-everything that you could want in a hero. I did have a small issue with him as well-he could be stupidly stubborn at times. It wasn't a constant thing, but it did appear during rather important moments. For example, he refused to trust someone who was a potential ally for a long time because that person was an enemy species. Once again, it was only minor, but it irritated be a little. But, besides that, I adored Mac. He was wonderful and very easy to fall for.

Mac and Bianca, as I'm sure you've figured out by now, had a complicated relationship. They had quite a few road bumps to overcome on the way to happily ever after. But, they still managed to be a sweet couple-not to mention the sparks between them that were VERY hot when they caught fire. I really liked them together and I was very happy for them when they finally got their happy ending.

The paranormal aspect of this book was very interesting. I really liked the idea of a clan of shape shifters and curses that force them to shift every night. There were some moments where I wished that the explanation of the mythology was clearer, but, for the most part, it was well done.

The antagonist of this book was well represented-and very easy to dislike. She was off her rocker. The POV flashed to her a few times. I thought that was very well done of the author. It wasn't intrusive, buy it allowed us to get an idea of what was in store for the protagonists and what they were up against. 

The plot moved steadily, though it stalled a couple of times but never to the point that I got bored. I was hooked immediately and was kept interested the entire way through. The ending was so sweet. And,  now, I can't wait to see what's in store for the next shifter in the series.

So, despite a few minor issues, Demon's Curse was definitely a wonderful read. To any lovers of romance, you should definitely give this book a try.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Pocket Star for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a historical romance that I have read before and enjoyed: Kissing Mr. Bellamy by Lori Villarreal. Go forth and get it for free! 
Kissing Mr. BellamyEmily Templeton’s uncle is dead and a valuable Egyptian relic is missing. The story centers on the murder investigation, delving into Miss Templeton’s expertise in the area of antiquities, tombs, mummies, and metaphysical phenomena, as well as Roger Bellamy’s skills as an investigator, and his gift of psychic cognizance.

As the investigation progresses, so does the attraction between them. For the prim and proper Miss Emily Templeton, kissing Mr. Bellamy has become a most un-prim-like, improper obsession. You see, she’s gotten into the habit of naming each instance they’ve kissed! But Mr. Bellamy is not who he seems, and when Emily finds out the truth, she must decide if loving him is worth the risk. A series of clues lead them to a list of suspects, a secret society, and a mysterious sacred order.

Could an ancient Egyptian curse be responsible for her uncle’s death?

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