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The Amazon's Curse by Gena Showalter
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** spoiler alert ** The Amazon's Curse is a short novella in Gena Showalter's Atlantis series which follows the fourth book, The Vampire's Bride. In this novella, we see how Nola and Zane are doing after the curses delivered to them after the cruel games of the gods in The Vampire's Bride. Nola, an Amazonian warrioress, is cursed with invisibility; no one can see, hear, or touch her. Zane, a vampire, was made a slave in the Amazons' camp. We come into the story when during the Amazonian mating season, during which they fight for rights to males they have kidnapped. Zane is won by one of the warrioresses and Nola does everything she can to try and free Zane. He thinks that he is hallucinating when he sees Nola, but they soon realize that the qualities that were taken from her by the gods return when she admits things about Zane. When the warrioress with rights to Zane returns and finds Nola there with him, she leaves to get more of the Amazons, giving Nola and Zane only minutes to get him free. Somehow they manage and he disappears into the forest with the promise of returning for his woman. Nola is beaten for not only setting a slave free but for setting free the slave of her sister. When Zane and other vampires return to the camp to rescue her, Zane finds her in her tent. He heals her with his blood, they make passionate love more than once, he drinks her blood, and then they agree to live in the vampire palace. By admitting that she loves Zane, Nola is able to cross the invisible barrier that had been keeping her trapped in the Amazonian camp and they live happily ever after.

I loved this story. Zane and Nola are too cute together, and I loved them in The Vampire's Bride so I was looking forward to reading their story. I hate that they weren't able to get a full-length novel, though. I wish that there could have been more to their story because I was very upset when it ended, and it left me wanting to know more about them. Despite that, though, I thought that this novella was fantastic. I loved the little cameos by Layel, the vampire king, and Delilah, his Amazonian wife. If in the future there are more books added to the Atlantis series, I hope to see more or Zane and Nola.
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