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Goddess with a Blade (Rowan Summerwaite #1)

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Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she's a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty.

A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas's new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampi...more
ebook, 213 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Carina Press
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Lauren Dane is well know for her erotic romances, so I should be clear up front that GODDESS WITH A BLADE is not erotica. It is rightly categorized as an urban fantasy even more than paranormal romance. The sexual content is steamy, but not more so then other titles in the genre.

Now that that’s out of the way, I really enjoyed GODDESS WITH A BLADE once it got going. The beginning was a little rough and the writing a little clunky, but after a few chapte...more
Erika  Badass
3.5/5 or B+
posted at : http://badassbookreviews.com/2011/05/...

This was my first Lauren Dane read and I can say that I'll be taking a closer look at her back list fairly soon. Goddess with a Blade was an entertaining read, full of Egotistical, Alpha Vampires and Power infused, snarky females.

The premise was interesting. A Goddess chosen -human female- who was raised by vampires. Rowan is a Hunter. A Hunter's job is to find and slay rogue vampires who break the Treaty. The law clearly states -Do...more
Laurie (Bitten by Romance)
It’s been a while since I hit a book that I didn’t like, I knew it was coming. Goddess with a Blade is pure Urban Fantasy and one I didn’t care for. I got this book off of netgalley under romance (they so need a category for UF) and as most of you know romance is what I love, so I figured since I loved Lauren Dane’s Chase brothers this one would be alright, so not, I should have looked on Lauren website before I requested this one ugh. The majority of the book is written in Rownas POV and the ro...more
harlequin {Stephanie}
This cover drew me in. Good urban fantasy story. Not as fast paced as I would have liked. It is a short book after all. When we are served up some action tis' very nice.

Not this mind blowing, but it has it's moments.

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Still really enjoyed it. The lead, Rowan, is very mouthy. Kinda' bitchy too. I like that in a female character. Gives personality. If only it had less politics! Hate politics. She is also in service to a goddess. That was a double edged sword for me. It was a good twist,...more
I had very high hopes for this book in the beginning as it seemed to be going in an excellent direction. Lauren Dane has a great way of writing likeable character's by showcasing not only their strong points and attractiveness, but also in their weak areas and quirky habits too. Goddess With a Blade started out good introducing Rowan Summerwaite, a Vampire Hunter, who lives in Las Vegas and brings the law into her own hands when the vamps are naughty. She, along with her Hunter Association, has...more
Rowan is badass, in the best of ways. She is confident, capable, and successful – and wants nothing to do with the new Scion, Clive. She thinks he has a stick up his butt, but when she pushes his buttons – oh, my. I needed a fan. And Clive hates that he finds her so attractive. The big battle lies between them having to decide between duty and passion – or can they have both?

I LOVED Goddess with a Blade. It was smart, funny, and sexy. The plot was engaging, particularly the use of the Goddess Br...more
Jane Stewart
I wasn’t enjoying it. I wanted it to be over.

Rogue vampire is killing humans. Rowan, Clive, and the cops are all working independently to find the killer. There’s not much plot development of that. It drags.

Meanwhile, periodically when Rowan and Clive are together, talking or arguing about something, all of a sudden they have sex. There’s no romance or passionate desire. It’s more mechanical than emotional - like eating a fast meal.

A few times the back story comes in about why Rowan’s parents we...more
Originally posted at Book Lovers Inc

An urban fantasy with vampires and a heroine who's the vessel of an honest to god(-dess) goddess? Sounds pretty intriguing to me. But this novel offers so much more. The world Dane creates is detailed and vibrant. The way her characters lead us through the story shows how much love and work she’s put into this one. But let me start at the beginning.

We meet Rowan Summerwaite in Las Vegas where she hunts the vampires who break the rules and shows them why they s...more
Pamela / SpazP
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
4.5 Stars
Rowan Summerwaite is the first true vessel of a Celtic goddess who carries a blade forged and blessed by warrior shamans, created to kill Vampires. With her skills and blade, she is a Hunter, responsible for ensuring the Vampires in Las Vegas uphold the treaty that created the Vampire Nation, preventing them from killing humans. She single-handedly took out the previous worthless and corrupt Scion – leader of the Vampire Nation – and has spent...more
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I really enjoyed reading Goddess With A Blade, it is an urban fantasy/ paranormal romance mix filled with suspense, vampires, romance, and even a Goddess. The heroine in this story is Rowen, a human girl who shares her body with Brigid, a goddess. Because Rowen is the vessel for the Goddess, she is very powerful and strong, and she uses these extra powers to kill vampires who kill and break the law. Rowen is a Hunter, it is her job to keep the supernatural community in line, and she is excellent...more
~* 3.5 Stars *~
A Lot of Story in One Package

Her calling is simple: kill Vampires who kill people, thereby breaking the treaty with Hunter Corp. Her existence is...less so. As Vessel of Celtic triple goddess Brigid, she's something that has existed only a handful of times throughout history. Not human. Faster. Stronger. Gifted with a few magics. And highly trained to be very, very deadly. She is Rowan Summerwaite.

She's loathes Vampires with a singular intensity, so being called to appear before t...more
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2011/06/17/...

Publisher: Carina Press
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: NetGalley

I wanted to love this book. Urban Fantasy is my first love, and I’m usually a fan of Dane’s work, but I have to say I was a little disappointed in this one.

Rowan is the Vessel for the goddess Brigid and her job as Hunter is to make sure that the vampires of Las Vegas stick to their treaty and not kill humans. But a mad vampire is on the loose, killing w...more
I almost don't know where to start with this review because there were simply so many things I loved about this book. In fact, I'm feeling the love so much I hope I don't embarrass anybody with my effusive gushing.

First things first- Lauren Dane writes amazing characters. Not just in this book, either. Every one of her books has these incredibly strong women who burst out of the pages. You might think it would be a challenge to match these women with men who can meet their strength without being...more

Ah man, this book was awesome! Just what i needed at the time. I love the whole thing, and i can't understand why not more people have read this awesome series!?! It's incredible, and i finished it in no time :O I hated that, to be honest... I didn't want it to end, but lucky me, #2 was out, so i could just jump to that one straight away. Though now i have to wait for book #3 :( And i want more now. I seriously don't know why i have waited so freaking long to read this series?! I mean, come on,...more
Jamie (Alphas Authors Books Oh My)
First let me say while Lauren Dane is mostly noted for her Erotic works this book is not erotic. It is classified as Urban Fantasy and although it does have a few sex scenes in it they are not as graphic or long as an erotic novel. That being said this book had everything I love in a good story (Urban Fantasy, with Romance & Humor all wrapped in an intriguing plot).

I absolutely loved this book but Lauren is one of my favorite authors so I am not surprised. She is fantastic at world building...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
This is the first book that I have read by Lauren Dane and I must say that despite several problems, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. Though Lauren Dane is an Australian author this book is set in Las Vegas. One of the main issues with this book is that Dane has constructed Las Vegas as a Whitetopia. I wonder if this stems from unfamiliarity with the area, or is just another example of people of colour being erased? Las Vegas is a city where a...more
Goddess With A Blade
Lauren Dane
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Publisher: Carina Press( 6/6/2011)
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Original review: 6/29 on Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

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Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she's a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any va...more
Goddess With A Blade is a great book that has magic, Irish lore, vampires and many “other” factors that make it a wonderful read that I hope turns into a series.

This story is about Rowan Summerwaite who is not only a physical vessel to a goddess (Brigid) but also a world class Hunter of rogue vampires. She was raised by The First (Theo) who is "The" head Vampire in charge as well as her foster father. She was also shown the ways of the goddess' while she was growing up as it was her parents wis...more
Rva Booklover
I am not normally a big UF fan, although I do like the usual suspects- Kate Daniels, Cat and Bones, and Mercy Thompson as well as the Chicago Vampires Series. Other ventures into the genre have not been very successful for me as a reader. That said, I kind of had lowered expectation levels for this work even though I am a big fan of Lauren Dane's contemporary novels.

Rowen Summerwaite is a member of the Hunter Council, charged with policing the Vampires who inhabit Las Vegas. She is also the vess...more
Tania Goodheart

Lauren Dane has very quickly snuck her way into my retinue of favourite favourite authors this last week. but when I read Goddess with a Blade last night the deal was sealed. Lauren Dane is now a firm favourite and I am quite looking forward to wading through all the books of hers I have yet to read.

The one thing I adore most in a book is a strong female character. Especially one that can kick ass and dole out major attitude at the same time. Rowan has all...more
Scooper Speaks
Favorite Lines: “Vampires, Goddess, you’re all fourteen-year-old girls.” (p. 139)

Lauren Dane successfully takes on vampires and goddesses in her latest book, Goddess with a Blade. In a short, well told romance, Dane introduces the slightly more than human woman Rowan. She is a smart ass, take what she wants while hiding her feelings kind of gal. I love her sharp humor and her comments about the men in her life being teenage girls left me laughing and nodding my head in agreement. Her love intere...more
I really liked this book. The funny thing is that when I first read the title I thought, hmmm, what a catchy title. But, when I read the book and the history that explained that it meant more than some woman with a sword, I thought, now that is really good. I like that it is set in Las Vegas. I've only visited once and for only 24 hours at that, but, it was a truly different place. I also visited someone's home that was enough away from the strip that I could see what it was like for families to...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under The Covers

Rowan is a special human, she is the true Vessel of the Celtic triple goddess Brigid, which gives her some in-human powers and strength. She carries a blessed blade, created to kill Vampires. She is the enforcer of the treaty between the Hunters and the Vampire Nation in Las Vegas. Am I seeing a pattern with Ms. Dane's fascination for Vegas? Love it!

While enforcing this treaty she killed the prior Scion (or head of the Vampire Nation) in Las Vegas, and w...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
Goddess With a Blade is an awesome Urban Fantasy. Rowan Summerwaite is one hard, cold, and kick-butt hunter. But Rowan is also Brigid, a vessel for a Goddess. Her blade is blessed to kill vampires. She’s been placed in Las Vargas by the Hunter Corporation to keep all vampires in line. That means no killing humans. Rowan has to work with a handsome vampire named Clive Stewart, who is the Scion in Las Vegas, and he rules his vampires. He doesn't need any help from Rowan to keep his vampires in lin...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Rating: 3.5 stars
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Goddess with a Blade, by Lauren Dane, follows the exploits of Rowan Summerwaite a hunter, as well a super-human, Goddess-channeling Vessel of death and destruction. Rowan works for the Hunter Corporation, which is a group of priestesses, mages, holy men, and women and other warriors who hunt down vampires who break the treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunters.

Eight months ago, Rowan killed the previous Scion of Las Vegas Jacques Martin, who was...more
This was the story of Rowan, who is the vessel for the celtic goddess Brigid. She works for the Hunter Corp killing Vampires who have gone Rogue. Clive is Las Vegas's Scion, the man in charged so to speak and works with Rowan to help catch a serial killing vampire who is viscously killing humans.

I absolutely loved this book! It has a good premise and I love a book with deity's in it. Rowan is a great character, she is witty, sarcastic and has a real potty mouth but you can see that she loves her...more
Reviewed at: Over A Cuppa Tea
Review date: 12 June 2011
Review link: http://cleffairy.com/?p=5505

'Goddess With A Blade' is a book with a soul. It's very alive, and seems to have a mind of it's own that I could not predict where it's actually heading to. It was beautifully written and I was locked down with suspense and anticipation of what's going to happen next.

'Goddess With A Blade' is highly exhilarating with strong, memorable characters and eventful plot. Creatively original.

I enjoyed reading...more
Rowan is a vessel for the Celtic Goddess Brigid and as such is stronger & faster than humans. She uses her powers to work as a Hunter & help police the Vampire nation, while aiding them in keeping their existence secret.
Rowan was raised by a vampire after her parents were murdered giving her unique insights into their world. We meet Rowan six months after a new Scion, Clive, has been placed in charge of the Las Vegas vampires, there is a lot of unrest amongst them as they war with themse...more
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Wow, I was astonished to see the vastly differing opinions on this book, but not everything is for everybody. As for me, I have read over a hundred books this year, many by authors I have loved and read for many, many years, and I can say with all honesty that this book is in the top two. I loved everything about this book and Rowan is my favorite heroine of all times. She was smartmouthed, snarky, a cold blooded killer, but she was also incredibly loyal to those she called her own. I laughed at...more
Rowan was an interesting and enjoyable heroine and her relationship with her foster father was complex and interesting. I can't wait to read more about both. Unfortunately I didn't feel the same way about the hero - the '"relationship" was forced and not particularly believable. Clive was a dick for most of the book and Rowan shouldn't be wasting her time on him. Also I really didn't like whiny baby Jack. His girlfriend was a junky whore - that is why she was killed - NOT because of anything Row...more
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