Sunday, August 18, 2013

Shadow's Curse by Alexa Egan + Featured Freebie

Shadow's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood, #2)
Release date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Historical (Regency)/Paranormal Romance
Series: Imnada Brotherhood #2

The second novel in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood trilogy featuring shape-shifters in Regency-era England.

Suffering under a horrible curse and renounced by his clan, the Imnada shape-shifter, David St. Leger, stalks the London nights in the form of a large black wolf, channeling his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. But when he’s captured by the very woman he sought to rescue, he’s thrown into the magical and dangerous world of the Other—half human, half-Fey, and one of the Imnada’s ancient enemies.

Forced by her half-brother to use her gift of necromancy as a money-making scheme, Callista Hawthorne wants only to flee to her aunt in Scotland where she’ll be safe. Considering David her last hope, she offers him a deal—freedom in exchange for his protection on the long journey north.

Now in a race for their lives, Other and Imnada must put aside centuries of animosity and work together if they are to overcome the dark forces intent on stopping them before they reach safety. For Callista is far more powerful than she knows, and with her help and her love, David may finally be able to break the curse of the Imnada…

My Rating: 4 Roses

Another thrilling, sensuous book in this wonderful series! Shadow's Curse was a fantastic romance that combined regency splendor and paranormal thrills to make a book that kept me hooked. Loved it!

Callista was a very strong heroine. She hasn't had the best life, being kept at the mercy of her cruel brother who exploits her abilities for his own gain. But, she wasn't going to roll over and take it. She hatched an escape plan and prepared to run. And when a sexy shifter came around as possible aid, well, why not? I thought she was great. She was tough, determined, and refused to let anyone take advantage of her anymore. She was a lovely character.

David, at the beginning of the book, had kind of given up on life. With the knowledge of the curse looming over his head like a ticking clock counting down to his death, he doesn't have any hope of breaking the curse. But, even at that rock bottom, he was still an honorable man. He channeled his hopelessness into taking down criminals. And he was such a charmer. He could charm a dragon into giving up its gold if he wanted to. And, when he set his mind to something, he was downright unstoppable. I adored him. I thought he was a perfect hero.

The romance was wonderfully done. A mix of sweet and spicy, this couple was lovely together. I really liked how their feelings were built over the course of the book. And there definitely can't be any complaints about the chemistry between them.

The weak point of the book was in the plot. Though I was riveted to the story, it didn't flow completely, if that makes any sense. There were a few times where I felt a little lost and either had to go back or just read ahead until things made sense to me again. But, though the problem was noticeable, I was still able to enjoy the book entirely. There were definitely thrills, surprises, and an unexpected development at the end of the book. I can't wait to read the next, and last, book in the trilogy and see how things end for these rogue shifters.

Shadow's Curse was a brilliant historical/paranormal romance. This book had hot romance, thrills, and surprises. I absolutely loved it. Lovers of romance, you should definitely give this book a try.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Pocket Books for a copy!
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In Japan, they say there's a red thread of fate that binds people who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. It may tangle, it may knot, it may stretch or fray, but it will never break. It is a future as indelible as the past.

I hope that isn't true. I pity anyone destined to meet me.

For Bianca Ray, the past is always catching up, one way or another. Now in her third semester at college, it's doing it again. Too much drinking has led to plummeting grades and rising absences, putting her scholarships in peril. When she makes it clear that she needs help--all over the floor of her history class--she's given one last chance to shape up: seek therapy and bring her grades up by the end of the semester, or she's out.

Enter Catholic seminarian Daniel McGuire. The last thing Bianca wants is an aspiring priest to counsel her on how to live her life, but the handsome graduate student is different from the holy rollers she fled from at home. Gentle and unobtrusive, he helps her pick up the pieces and find a new way to live: not running from the past, but facing it head on.

But opening up her heart to release the pain means that something else can come in. As Bianca and Daniel grow closer, their relationship moves onto dangerous ground. When they finally cross the line, the fragile courage Bianca has built up threatens to fail her. Can she exorcise the ghosts of her past, or will they catch hold and drag her down where not even Daniel can reach her?

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