A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair #1)
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark,...more
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When supernatural beings (“OtherFolk”) want to pass between worlds without these limitations, they can bond with humans, called TouchStones, who help anchor them to the mortal world. Abby Sinclair is contracted as the TouchStone to Moira, a powerful faerie, but she’s keeping a secret: Moira has...more
I hated Brystion the so called 'hero'.
-He was a wanker.
-He was a pig.
-He was a douche.
-He was a dick.
-He was a bastard.
-He lied to Abby and manipulated her.
-He handed Abby over to a psychotic killer knowing she'd be tortured and killed and then he didn't even feel all that bad about it.
-He told Abby the only reason he didn't let her die was because of her powers.
-He dumped Abby after telling her he loved her but he lied it was because he didn't need her anymore.
-He was a rubbish love...more
Sadly, I didn't really get into the story. It's very likely my limited knowledge of the English language contributed to the fact that during some parts of the story, I had absolutely no idea what was going on, but I didn't care enough to read those pages again. The author didn't really seem to feel like explai...more
Abby's apartment above Prospectus Intelligentsia Tabernus bookstore reminds me of Mac from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, only Abby's more helpless and inactive. One expects physica...more
+ The story was not boring. I had no urge to stop. At no point. (But I wouldn't have searched for the book either, should I have mislaid it somehow.)
+ The heroine is likable, a bit clueless, yes, but intelligent enough and likable.
+ And the hero is hot and a bit self-loathing.
+ There were some very funny scenes woven in. Two or three times I even contemplated the possibility of extracting a quote, but my laz...more
Although this is marketed as an urban fantasy, it's a bit misleading in my opinion. This book is much more paranormal romance. Most of the book is taken up with the relationship between Abby and Brystion. Lots of sensual, heat filled pages. Although...more
I had to push myself through the beginning. I am still unsure if that is due to the beginning o...more
If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy books – even just a little – you HAVE to read this book! Yes, it’s THAT good.
End of review.
What, not enough? Okay then…if you want me to tell you more, I’ll tell you more.
I have a few blogging friends who are my Urban Fantasy go-to people. Our tastes are very similar when it comes to that genre, so whatever they like, I’ll like (usually anyway). All of them read and reviewed A Brush of Darkness...more
Abby's a terrific character who has a great mixture of tough and vulnerable, and I loved the incubus Brystion, who tries very hard to be a bad guy but keeps letting his heart get in the way.
Of course I'd be remiss without mentioning the unicorn. I now want one of my own (though preferably not in my underwear drawer).
Great book with reall...more
I swear my narcissism had nothing to do with my loving A BRUSH OF DARKNESS. Even if the main character hadn’t shared my name, I’ve would have enjoyed this smart, irreverent, and super sexy urban fantasy.
There is so much to like in A BRUSH OF DARKNESS. Toping the list for me is Phineas (who graces the back cover). He’s an irrepressibly horny miniature unicorn who ends up moving in with Abby. He’s cranky and sarcastic and a huge pervert for such a little...more
"A Brush of Darkness" is now on my top list.
When I received this in the mail, I was stoked. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Although I wasn't sure what the expect from it, I knew it sounded interesting. Soon in, I realized I would be hooked, and now I'm left begging for more!
It took me a few chapters to get relaxed and clued in to the history with the world Pang has written. Once I got use to it, everything started to unravel I couldn't get enough.
Abby Sinclair is a...more
There are many paranor...more
Review also posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Allison Pang is one of the authors that is responsible for my addiction to paranormal reads. She has created a unique world of fae, demons, incubus/succubus, angels, and humping unicorns living amongst humans. This is a book to surely to bring emotions of lust, laughter, excitement and sadness.
There is a world of “OtherFolks” that exists in a linearplane, if you will, but none of the bei...more
Favorite Quote: ”If an incubus masturbates, does that make him an incu-bator?”
After spending the last six months trying to accept the fact her mother is dead and her dancing career is shattered, Abby finds herself locked in a contract as a Touchstone. When her Fae employer goes missing, Abby must rely on a mysterious and sexy incubus and a mini unicorn with an underwear fetish to guide her through the OtherWorldly.
As Abby‘s investiga...more
I had a naked incubus in my bedroom. With a frying pan of half-cooked bacon, and a hard-on. And a unicorn bite on his ass. Christ, this was turning out to be a weird morning.
As far as first books in a series go, this one was fantastic. Most of the less-than-popular UF series I've read that don't classify as erotica tend to be a bit on the emotionless side. The plot is usually great, but the heroine is always too stoic and serious to be likable and there's very little of the hero in the first in...more
Phineas (LOVED HIM)
And many, many more
Heart (yes capitalized)
and many, many more
I loved the story. I hated the world building. In fact, there really was not much world building. It was throw-you-in-this-new-world-and you-figure-it-out. I am not a UF wimp. I have read UF books befor...more
The characters make this story, hands down. Abby, the lead character, has a quick and snarky personalty. Loved the dialog between her and the other characters. Oh and there is a a pervy miniature unicorn, who almost stole the book for me. I'll definitely pick up the next book in t...more
Quick & Dirty: Full of snarky and sexy characters that leave you laughing at their antics and crying with them through their pain.
Opening Sentence: Cat piss and cabbages.
A Brush of Darkness falls in a very small group for me: books I can’t get enough of. There is so much going on with this diverse set of characters that it leaves me looking for more. And it is the characters that make this story for me, not the world they are a part of. It’s Abb...more
Abby works in a bookstore. She's also the TouchStone to the Protectorate.
The day a mysterious incubus--Brystion--drops in asking to see the Protectorate--Moira--because he needs her help, Abby's world gets turned upside down. Not only does she agree to help Brystion find his missing sister, but soon realises that something really horrible is going on, and it also explains why Moira's been missing for months...
What? I'm so sad. So confused. So....bereft.
How could you end it like that Ms. Pang!? How!!!!
Anyhoo. Though this book took me awhile to read, it had nothing to do with the story or the actual writing. I was just busy. I point this out to anyone who actually pays attention to how long it takes someone to read a book.
So while I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book, I did enjoy that the reader was sort of dropped into this world and learned along with Abby. For the pieces of information...more
The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabou...more
Everything seems to be going well when Brystion (Ion for short) shows up in her store. It seems his sister (a succubus) is missing and she’s not the only one, together they have to figure out who is taking them & where they have them hidden. That...more
Paranormal Romance – Jan. 25th, 2011
In this story Abbie Sinclair has recently made a deal with one of the OtherFolk. Beings with magical powers but who are unable to stay in the human world without a human TouchStone. Abbie is the TouchStone or anchor for the powerful Faery Moira. Moira happens to be the Protectorate for the area. Abbie made this poor deal to be Moira’s TouchStone when she was very vulnerable. Her mother was killed in a car crash and sh...more
Abby is a human, but she's special. She serves as a Touchstone to the Fae Protectorate, Moira. Her job is essentially to anchor Moira to the human plane, help her cross between worlds, and to assist with disputes and problems Moira helps settle. In exchange, Abby will not age for the se...more
A man drifted across the threshold. The grace of his movements caused the hair on the back of my neck to rise. He seemed a shadow, sucking up all the light from the room. The exquisite darkness of his ebony eyes swept over me, p...more
A Brush of Darkness is dark, funny, plenty sexy and a little heartbreaking and surprisingly heartwarming. In short, it’s an urban fantasy must-read.
When I first read the back cover copy for A Brush of Darkness, I stopped at the words “miniature unicorn.” Let’s just say I fall firmly on “Team Zombie.” That’s still true, but the perverted magical creature in this novel is a complete delight. He’s tiny but ballsy and can’t seem to keep from pla...more