"Immortal Eclipse" is a fascinating paranormal mystery with a dash of horror and romance.
Skylar Blackwell is a fashonista and photographer in the ind...more"Immortal Eclipse" is a fascinating paranormal mystery with a dash of horror and romance.
Skylar Blackwell is a fashonista and photographer in the industry who inherits her uncle's mansion in Carmel. Which couldn't have come at a better time, because Skylar's life seems to have a few changes in it. She didn't have much family left, but Skylar was a very compassionate character, with a lot of moxy, not just an empty-headed girl who loved designer shoes and purses. She decides to go to the mansion to put her beloved uncle's affairs in order, but can't help but wonder if there is more to her uncle's death.
The mansion, Summerwind is and old, creepy secluded place that employs an interesting group of people. Skylar soon becomes an amateur sleuth and does some digging into the history of the house and her uncle and his research. Curiously, ever since Skylar got to the mansion and started living there weird paranormal activity happens and people keep turning up dead. Which leads her to believe even more that her uncle was murdered.
Dorian Delacroix is the mysterious caretaker with personal ties to the estate. He at first pushes Sklyar away, but succumbs to his attraction. Everyone is a suspect in the beginning, including Dorian, but his history is revealed as well. He and Sky figure out that she is a doppleganger and in danger. They must stop the villains or die trying. If only to avenge the murders and take back their lives.
Immortal Eclipse had interesting twists and turns, the villains were not hard to guess but the downfall was different than this reader expected. Skylar finally has peace and has found what she was always looking for.
Soule has a talent for keeping a reader interested in the mystery storyline and to keep reading to find out what happens. The story never drags, but keeps a brisk pace. This is the first time I have read the author, but not the last. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy paranormal romances or paranormal mysteries on the lighter side.
*Thank you to Disenchanted Publishing who provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.(less)
"The Demoness of Waking Dreams" takes place right after "Where Demons Fear to Tread." Some of the characters are recurring. Luciana Rossetti, a somewh...more"The Demoness of Waking Dreams" takes place right after "Where Demons Fear to Tread." Some of the characters are recurring. Luciana Rossetti, a somewhat powerful demoness was introduced in the first book of the series. She was evil, not likable, revenge and survival consumed her immortal existence. She was able to escape the Company of Angels and return to her ancestral home in Vienna where this book picks up.
Each year Luciana must make a sacrifice to the devil to stay above ground and not in hell with the other damned. She goes to a specific church during an annual festival to pick her victim, but she runs into an angel, Brendan Clarkson. Who was sent from the Chicago Company office to apprehend Luciana and bring her back to the States. Her main threat to the angels is a poison she has developed that can kill demons. And if it can kill demons, it probably can kill angels.
Brendan is a former cop who died on the job, who hasn't completely dealt with his death. He constantly relives his death through dreams. Once Brendan meets Luciana, he apprehends her, but she escapes. He has an undeniable attraction to her. Luciana has the ability to invade men's dreams. She can take part in these dreams, or change the dreams. She does invade Brendan's dreams. Brendan is quickly over his head and is given help by the Italian Company of Angels and the leader of the LA unit, Arielle. An angel that Brendan has some history with, but doesn't get along with.
Brendan is convinced that Luciana can be redeemed and break free from her bonds as a demon. She is convinced due to her tragic life and poor choices during life and after, that this is impossible. Although I never felt sorry for Luciana I appreciated learning more about her. She didn't seem less evil, but her motives were explained for a better understanding. We do meet other characters that are connected to Luciana's life, there are twists so I won't give away any spoilers. Ultimately Luciana and Brendan help each other and care for each other, but let each other go. Luciana helps Brendan with his death, and reveal exactly what happened. Brendan teaches Luciana that there is some good in her even though she continues to believe that she is not redeemable.
I am curious who the next book is about. I am hoping Arielle gets her own book. There is more to this angel who is in charge of the LA unit, that may not be all good. This book was an enjoyable addition to the series. I definitely recommend reading this series in order. Stephanie Chong is quickly becoming a favorite paranormal romance author of mine and I look forward to the next book!
*This book was provided to me by Harlequin Mira through NetGalley. (less)