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Black Hellebore (Heroes of Falledge #1)

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Once a year for the past decade, Nicholas Adams returns to Falledge and leaves a black hellebore on his girlfriend's grave. While departing Falledge, he chases after a man sneaking into the laboratory and dies for his trouble. A witch brings him back to life, but Nicholas soon realizes he's not the same man. Turns out, magic combined with a black hellebore in his pocket ...more
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Published October 21st 2013 by Desert Breeze Publishing (first published October 20th 2013)
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Melanie
Nov 13, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
This is a book I really enjoyed! Nicholas Adams came back to Falledge and it starts out saying that he hates the town and everything about it so I knew right away there was some history to be learned. We also meet Julianna Paige who is surprised to see Nick back in town and she has some pain she's dealing with. They meet at Justina's grave, Julianna's twin sister who died ten years ago. Their conversation doesn't go well and Nick tells her he's leaving town again. While leaving, he sees someone ...more
A.T. O'Connor
BLACK HELLEBORE was my first foray into the superhero world. While I'm not sure I'll pick up the genre as a whole, I will definitely pick up the next in Nicole Zoltack's Heroes of Falledge series.

Things I LOVED: her characters. They all felt real to me--something that surprised me for a comic book, super powered, paranormal romance mix. It was also a quick read. In my time-crunched life, it's refreshing to pick up a novel that's not heavy and deep, yet is still entertaining and interesting.

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Katherine Ernst
Oct 08, 2013 Katherine Ernst rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun! It's a unique genre mash-up between paranormal, romance, and super-hero books. Even though there's a lot of heaviness in the story--between the death of Nicholas's girlfriend Justina years before, the death and destruction brought about by the bad guys, and some other elements I don't want to spoil--the witch Gavina provides comedic relief at just the right moments. Plus, the story had so many twists and turns, I had to keep turning pages. This is the first novel I've ...more
Derek White
Apr 10, 2014 Derek White rated it it was amazing
I read this at one sitting of two and a half hours which will tell you that it is worth the five stars I gave it. I look forward to reading books two and three in the series, but point out that Black Hellebore can be read as a ‘stand alone’ and it does not end with a cliff-hanger.

The synopsis supplied is well written and the story does not disappoint. You will identify with Nick or Julianna, according to your taste, and I guarantee that if you can accept the existence of a witch and magic you wi
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Christine Rains
Jan 05, 2014 Christine Rains rated it really liked it
Nicholas Adams hasn't been at peace since his girlfriend's death ten years ago. Every year, he returns to her grave and the little town she grew up in. This time, instead of roaring away on his bike, he tries to stop a man from sabotaging a lab and ends up getting raised from the dead by a witch. Nicholas discovers his superpowers very soon after and becomes the guardian of the town. Yet it isn't as tranquil as it once was, and a supervillain has set his sights on his town of which the woman ...more
Cherie
Oct 17, 2013 Cherie rated it really liked it
Nicholas Adams must face his demons as he returns to Falledge in Nicole Zoltack’s Black Hellebore.

Zoltack has created a classic superhero and villain for her novel. Nicholas Adams has the typical tragic and troubled past and a strong moral code as he morphs from man to super-man. The villain also transforms from a disgruntled employee to a creepy and vicious villain who has his eyes set on good ol’ revenge.

Although the basis of the superhero/villain story is familiar, Zoltack has introduced wond
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Jane Stewart
Jan 16, 2014 Jane Stewart rated it it was ok
I wanted to quit reading, but I stuck with it. Sadly, it didn’t work for me.

The author introduces things, then doesn’t answer them, or partly answers them. Things did not develop or build enough. For example: Juliana asks Nick if he ever killed anyone. He is silent. So she puts handcuffs on him and drives him to jail. She would figure out whom he killed later. Then something else needs her attention, so she does not put him in jail, and then she forgets about it.

This fits within the romance genr
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Tia
May 12, 2014 Tia rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book about a man trying to fight his past and becomes and unexpected superhero.

Nicholas has been running away from Falledge,the girlfriend he thinks he killed and her twin sister who reminds him of her, for 10 years. He's haunted by Justina and tortured by her memories 24/7, but longs to be home, wherever that is. He returns for his annual visit to Justina's grave and while trying to leave town on fumes i his motorcycle, he's see's someone breaking into the local lab and pur
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Michelle Ferrari-Johnson
Jan 27, 2016 Michelle Ferrari-Johnson rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible! I could not put this down. Read it in one evening.
Everyone has skeletons in their closet, Nicholas Adams was no different. Plagued by the death of his girlfriend he ran away from the only home he had ever known. Justina was his whole world. She brought out the very best in him. All he had ever asked was for her not to do drugs, as both his parents had died from using. This causes a chain reaction of events that propels him to leave the ton of Falledge.
He returns to visit
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Susan Oloier
Oct 23, 2013 Susan Oloier rated it really liked it
Nicholas Adams wants to put miles between himself and the town of Falledge. But on the way out, he spies suspicious activity at the local pharmaceutical plant. He investigates—a choice that forever alters his life.

In an on-the-edge-of-your-seat opening, Nicholas chases an unknown assailant through the laboratory, along fracturing catwalks and spilling chemicals. It marks the moment where he transforms into the Black Hellebore and a new super villain is created alongside him.

Nicole Zoltack’s ne
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Tina Tharpe
Nov 20, 2014 Tina Tharpe rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Nick Adams is a man whose life has been full of tragedy that you can't help but feel for. He becomes an unlikely super hero after returning to Falledge.

Nick came to Falledge to visit the grave of his first love, Justina. On his way out of town something happens that kills him. Instead of dying, he is brought back to life by a witch and inadvertently acquires super powers. He had no intention of staying in Falledge but once a true super villain shows up he realizes that he
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Voracious Bookling
Jun 09, 2015 Voracious Bookling rated it really liked it
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Nicholas's worst fear: Losing Julianna. And when the enemy is invincible, the story gets worse!

Nicholas has returned to Falledge after the love of her life, Justina's death. As he is totally broken, a witch lets him stay in her home. After the laboratory accident, Nicholas has completely changed. He now possesses super powers, which is dangerous for him if used extremely. But he doesn't care as his only mission now is to save Falledge from S
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Julie Fulton
Sep 09, 2014 Julie Fulton rated it really liked it
This is a real mix of superhero and romance. Nicholas Adams is fighting his past - the death of his girlfriend - and drifts from place to place, but returns to his home town of Falledge every year to lay a black hellebore on her grave. Trying to thwart a crime whilst there he is killed, but brought back to life by whacky witch Gavina (I loved her!) and finds himself turned into a superhero with great strength and speed. Joining forces with Julianna (twin sister of his dead girlfriend), they ...more
April
Apr 29, 2014 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The black hellebore is an all around excellent read! It combines romance with superhero to super villain .Nicholas Adams is an ordinary guy who is haunted by his dead girlfriend for years he puts a black hellebore flower on her grave. Julianna is the twin sister of the dead girlfriend she has always had a thing for Nick . When Nick is ready to leave again he stops at a laboratory when he sees someone breaking into it one things turns into another and Nick dies a witch brings him back from death ...more
Brenda
Apr 24, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book. You get superhero mixed with romance so there is lots of action. I found it very unique and a fast paced story. Had no choice but to keep reading one I started. I Nicolas heads back to Falledge to go to the grave of his dead girlfriend after 10 years. But, following a strange person into at is a lab at night, probably not a good idea. A witch brings him back from the dead, and he realizes there are things about himself that are not right. He gains powers. Falledge has a lot ...more
Alexia
Jul 24, 2014 Alexia rated it it was amazing
This is my first story from Nicole Zoltack, who is a new author for me, but it will not be my last book.

This is the story of Nicolas Adams who is returning to Fall edge to face the demons of his past. Our heroine is Julianna Page whose twin sister Justine was Nicolas's girlfriend. Justine died 10 years ago and Julianna isn't convinced that Nicolas didn't have something to do with it.

It is a Paranormal/Romantic book with a twist. Nicholas was brought back to life by a witch. Is he a super hero or
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Christine Woinich
Feb 16, 2016 Christine Woinich rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the interactions and romance between Julianna and Nicholas. Nicholas loved Justina, Julianna's twin, who died when they were young, and he had to work through his feelings. He realizes that he needs to let go of the past in order to move on. Julianna admits that her feelings of friendship are actually love the more time she spends with Nicholas. Between everything, Nicholas becomes a superhero and has to deal with all that entails, including capturing the super villian. This was an ...more
April
May 04, 2014 April rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful superhero romance book! I just love Nicole zoltack work! The main character Nick goes back to his hometown where he goes back every year to place a black hellebore flower on his dead girlfriend grave. As he was leaving town there was a sabotage at the laboratory . He decided to be a hero and try to stop the criminal in the process he dies a witch brings him back from death with superpowers. The twin sister of his dead girlfriend is the sheriff of the town he stays and starts ...more
Vi
Jul 27, 2015 Vi rated it really liked it
Nicholas has led a vagabond life since that fateful day. The day in 2003 when his world became one of guilt and mourning. Why he left Falledge and only returned once a year, on the anniversary. He'd never told anyone he was coming or when he arrived; that was fine with him. Until someone did see him! Two people in fact. The day that his life and the town of Falledge became connected again! Exhilarating and haunting romance combining several genres! Packed with action, adventure, heros, villains, ...more
Yolanda
Aug 11, 2014 Yolanda rated it really liked it
Action, Romance & More!
Nicole Zoltack never seems to fail to deliver creative and unique stories that hold your attention from beginning to end! She does it again with this story as the action builds and evil threatens the town of Falledge. Nicholas is working through his grief at losing his girlfriend, and Julliana her twin. Together they fight an unforeseen nemesis who seems invincible. You will certainly not be bored reading this book. Give it a try, you won't regret it!
Kristin
Mar 09, 2015 Kristin rated it it was amazing
What a story! It's a classic superhero tale. Excellent writing, characters and plot.
Shelly Wygant
Nov 19, 2016 Shelly Wygant rated it really liked it
Nicholas returns to Falledge once a year. He is in and out in one day. This year there are many things that prevent him from leaving. When he puts himself in a dangerous situation it ends up with the collapse of a building, a super hero and a villain.

Every character, good and evil add so much depth to this story. You will hate some, fear some, and love the others. The occupants of this town are intriguing. As Nicholas and Julianna learn to deal with the tragedy in their past they learn they have
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Brittany Goodman
Oct 26, 2016 Brittany Goodman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense

This was an adult superhero story which was intense and had me flipping pages to find out what happened next. It was a bit tough to read though. The emotions ran high and there was a lot of grief and guilt that had to be worked through. Once done it was easier to read, but it took awhile. The romance was clean and the language was fairly clean too. Definitely a book worth pursuing.
I received this book free from one of the book subscription emails.
Debbie Brown
Nov 07, 2016 Debbie Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hellebore Surprising Love

Black Hellebore was an interesting book. It held my interest throughout. I liked the way Justina came back and that she ultimately let Nicholas return to love her twin
Deena
Oct 19, 2016 Deena rated it it was ok
Shelves: superhero
There were things I liked about this story, but ultimately it was just ok. Granted, it's not my usual genre, and I might even read the second one - but there were some really stupid bits and the characters were pretty unevenly written.
Janet Swiftbird
Oct 05, 2016 Janet Swiftbird rated it really liked it
Definitely a page turner, fast action, unexpected twists, love mixed in.
Reminds me of a comic book with twisted villans, hot, handsome heros and romance mixed it.
Looking forward to the next book
Kathy  Knuckles
Sep 18, 2016 Kathy Knuckles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Must Read for Any Reader ! Going Home Again Can Be A Great Thing !

Nicole,
This book was surprising. At first I really didn't think I would like it. Boy was I wrong ! There is so much fun, interesting, it catches you off guard and sweeps you in !! Nick, Julianna, Gavina, Ginny, all become alive and important to a home town!!! Thank you so much for making this a piece to enjoy and remember!!!
Hugs...Kathy
Theresa Scarangella
Aug 10, 2016 Theresa Scarangella rated it it was amazing
Black Hellebore is about Nicolas Adams who goes back to his town every year to put a Hellebore flower on his girlfriends grave. He still carried the burden of her death. Nick loved her she was his best friend and girlfriend. Nick was caught in an laboratory explosion. Julianna Paige the twin sister and always wanted answers. Strange things start happening to Nick and there are strange things going on in the town of Falledge. Nick becomes the some kind of super man.
I liked this story very much ev
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Thibaldo Manrique
Jun 20, 2016 Thibaldo Manrique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A melding of comic book and romance novel

Neither of those genre are my choice of reading. This is a well written and well edited book.

The storyboarding s good and solid and the mix of genre done well. Although not a fan of either, I finished he book and admit to being caught up n the story occasionally.

Go of characters and well developed. I will read other works by this author, I imagine her fantasy works and others will be very good.

This one is a stand alone book. With and ending, which was ve
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Julie Hillman
Aug 21, 2016 Julie Hillman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable read

Heroes and villains do battle. A chemical accident changes the physiology of a man but doesn't change his already black heart. Typical of villains the world over he wants to rule everything. A handsome hero and his witch sidekick do battle to save Falledge. Nick torn between the love he has for twin sisters fights his own battle with his heart as well as the monster and his grotesquely malformed cat who was also changed in a chemical accident. Light hearted read that is
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Nicole Zoltack loves to write fantasy/paranormal, romances, horror, and historical, for all ages. When she isn't writing about girls wanting to be knights, talking unicorns, and zombies, she spends time with her loving family. She loves to ride horses (pretending they're unicorns, of course!) and going to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, dressed in period garb. Her current favorite TV show is ...more
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