Quick & Dirty: This was an epic romantic story filled with betrayal, intrigue, drama, and adventure.
Opening SReview courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: This was an epic romantic story filled with betrayal, intrigue, drama, and adventure.
Opening Sentence: Haven Moore checked her watch and turned back toward the city.
Haven Moore has been happily living in the beautiful city of Rome for the last year with her soul mate. After almost losing Iain to a fire, they decided to leave and try to live their lives away from everything that happened in New York. Their happy life is about to come to a halt. Iain’s mother is suing Haven saying that she forged Iain’s will, and she plans to take all of the Morrow’s fortune. So all their assets are currently frozen, and they are pretty much broke. Then Haven’s best friend Beau decides to go and disappear. Beau got a call from a boy claiming to have been his boyfriend from another life and Beau goes to New York to meet him. Soon after he lands he disappears and Haven and Iain decide they have to return to New York to find him.
Once she returns to New York she is also approached by a new group called the Horae. Their sole purpose in life is to try and destroy Adam Rosier, the leader of the Ouroboros Society. Adam has one weakness and that is his love for Haven. The Horae recruit Haven and come up with a plan that will stop Adam for good and in return for Haven’s help they will help her find Beau. There is one big problem and that is that Haven will have to pretend that she is falling in love with Adam. She still hasn’t forgotten all the horrible things that he has done to her and Iain in all their past lives. But as she starts to spend time with Adam he seems to be a totally different person than he was a year ago. Haven starts to question if she can trust Adam or if his change of heart is just an act. She also starts to question if she could ever have feelings for Adam and in the process she puts her and Iain’s relationship in jeopardy. Who is her true soul mate and will she be able to find Beau before it is too late?
Haven is our heroine in this fun series. Haven is spunky and when she makes a decision she is a very determined girl. She is madly in love with Iain, but she is very independent. Once she finds out that Beau is in trouble she drops everything to try and help him. She is very loyal, and she tries to follow her instincts even though it is hard at times. There are times when she has a little bit of a bad attitude, which can be a little frustrating. But overall, I really like Haven and I think she is a good character with a good voice.
Iain has some really good qualities, but some frustrating ones as well. He is totally devoted to Haven and loves her unconditionally. Growing up he had a rough childhood with a mother who didn’t love him and a father who didn’t have time for him. He has a special ability where he is able to remember all of his past lives, so he always knew that he had to find Haven. He also is a really good person that is willing to help total strangers if they need it. He does have a jealous streak and at times I thought that he should trust Haven more. He also makes rash decisions that have some pretty serious consequences. Overall, I really like Iain. He is defiantly swoon worthy and he is great for Haven.
I just have to say that I totally fell for Adam in this book. In the first book he is the villain and a pretty creepy one, but in this book he is totally different. He has reformed himself to be a better person that Haven could come to care about. He is still a villain in his own way, but he honestly really cares about Haven and her happiness. He is very respectful and sweet to her and it’s hard not to fall for him just a little. Yes, he has made a lot of mistakes in the past, but he is really trying to change and be better even if it is just to impress Haven. I really loved his character in this book and my heart broke for him, because Haven couldn’t ever truly return his feelings.
This was a fun read for me. I actually liked it better then the first book. I was hooked from the very beginning and it kept me interested the whole way through. The plot was fun and interesting, the character‘s were will developed, and the romance was really sweet. This book was filled with action, betrayal, drama, and suspense. This was the ending to the series and it wrapped up nicely. The ending was left a little open, and there is room for more stories if the author ever decided to write another book. I really enjoyed this series and I would recommend it to anyone that loves a action packed romantic paranormal book.
Haven hadn’t forgotten how handsome he was-how dark and debonair. He still had the same aura of power about him, as though he could snap his fingers and turn the world off. But he looked younger than Haven remembered, no more than twenty. He was dressed for the winter weather in a perfectly cut cashmere coat. His hands were clad in black leather gloves and a charcoal scarf was tied around his neck. It was nothing more than a costume, she realized. He needed no protection from the cold.
“Hello, Adam.” Haven felt light-headed, short of breath. But much to her surprise, she no longer felt any fear. Maybe it was because Haven was older now. Or maybe Adam had improved his human disguise. But something had changed since they’d last been together.
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Quick & Dirty: You won’t look at zombies and brain eating the same way again! Brilliant set up for a great newReview courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: You won’t look at zombies and brain eating the same way again! Brilliant set up for a great new urban fantasy series.
Opening Sentence: “You should be dead,” the ER nurse stated as she adjusted something on my IV.
Angel Crawford never thought about the direction her life was going until she wakes up in the hospital from an apparent overdose. Although, Angel was pretty sure she had been in a car accident. She already thinks she is a little crazy when the mysterious cooler with drinks and a note is left for her when she leaves the hospital. The note stipulates that she must drink one bottle every other day and that she must work for one month at the county coroner’s office where a job is waiting for her. Puzzled as to who wrote the note, she believes it comes from her probation officer as a way to get her life back on track. You see, Angel is not in the best of situations, her mother died when she was young, she dropped out of school when she was sixteen, she can’t keep a job for very long and all she can think about is when she can pop her illegally obtained prescription pills. She never really thought about her future that is until she died.
Angel follows the directions on the note pretty much without question, even though she’s more curious as to who wrote it. Another thing about Angel is that she is a very squeamish person. She doesn’t like the sight of blood or spit. It doesn’t take much for her stomach to turn so on her first day on the job she can’t believe how steady her stomach is working for her. She is more impressed at how well she is doing on her job.
Slowly she begins to realize that she has changed. It doesn’t take much for her to give in to her cravings after another mysterious note. She has traded one addiction for another. Angel also begins to realize how much she needs her job in order to support her new lifestyle, because of this she begins to grow up and move away from her old life. She learns that it is hard to live as a zombie, she wounds easily and depending on how active she is, she can burn through her stash quickly.
My Life as a White Trash Zombie has mystery, murder and mayhem. Bodies are turning up without heads just as Angel needs her brains the most. Home life for Angel is crazy having to deal with her alcoholic father. Her boyfriend doesn’t understand what is happening with her, plus I think there may possibly be a love triangle looming in the future for Angel.
The world that Diana Rowland has created for Angel reveals information in little bits that keep you interested in the story and invested in Angel’s life. I was definitely rooting for her as the story progressed. Angel has been dealt a bad hand at life and when she gets her second chance she doesn’t want to screw it up. She begins to understand what she is but when confronted with the truth, denies it. The scenes where Angel eats brains are not too graphic but it still makes me a little queasy just to think about it. Angel is quirky and funny. The secondary characters are equally real and entertaining.
Zombie lifestyle is not glamorous or fun so there is a dark, gritty undertone set to this world. Nevertheless, My Life as a White Trash Zombie is a fun, fast paced read. Angel has got me hooked into what will happen to her next. I can’t wait to see how her relationship with a certain hot cop will evolve.
“You fuckin’ worthless bitch,” he yelled. “Where are you hiding it? I know you got booze. What the fuck is this shit? You tryin’ to poison me?” He flung the jar down to shatter and mingle with the rest.
“Those weren’t yours,” I said, and I shocked myself at how calm and mild I sounded. Inside I was shrieking.
For an instant he seemed shocked as well, but the he rallied. “Everythin’ in this house is mine!” he frothed, desperation and rage battling it out on his face. “If I wanna look for a drink in your room, I will! You took my beer out of the trash. You goddamn druggie. Misery darkened his eyes for an instant. “Damn you. Gave her up for you. Then you go and turn out like this.” A shudder racked him, then his gaze snapped to me again and his mouth curved into a crooked sneer. “You always have booze, always have drugs. Well, I want a goddamn drink. So where the fuck are you hiding it now?”
I continued walking forward, eyes on him. My chest was clinched so tightly I wasn’t sure how I could possibly breathe, but somehow I kept moving. He’d given up his wife to protect me and then I’d turned out like shit. And whose fucking fault is that? I wanted to scream.
The fury in his face flickered for an instant, and he took a half step back. He flushed as soon as he did and sneered. “You’re on some new drugs, right? I was right to break it all.”
“Those were mine,” I said, still not raising my voice, but I could feel the air vibrate. “Mine. Not drugs.”
“You’re a goddamned liar! I know you’re always popping pills. I heard Clive talking!” he said, taking another step back. “I have every right to go through your shit. I’m your father and this is my house!”
I was in front of him with my hand entwined in his shirt. I didn’t even remember closing the distance between us. “I’m clean. I have a job. And Mom was mentally ill,” I said through clenched teeth. Yeah, he was so worried about me now. Why hadn’t he stopped me from dropping out of school, or hanging out with the shitbags I’d gotten drugs from? No, he simply wanted a damn drink, and he’d used a sudden burst of fatherly concern as an excuse to go through my shit. “I’m not a loser. But you sure as fuck are!”
He let out a gasping shriek, and I suddenly realized that I’d lifted him off the floor several inches and had him pinned against the wall. One-handed.
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