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Cursed

(Fallen Siren #1)

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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,705 ratings  ·  247 reviews
Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She's cursed. He's damned. Together, they make one hell of a team.


Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her
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Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Roc
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Jessica Seventeen plus, as it is adult but the sex scenes are not graphic that much. So 17 will be fine with reading it.

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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I just can’t remember how I came across this series but I thought the premise was intriguing and decided to give it a try. I first read Captured which was written after Cursed but is actually a prequel to the series. Captured showed such great potential that I just couldn’t resist reading Cursed. And here we are :)

My biggest concern when I started reading this book was the writing. I usually hate present tense/first person narratives. I tend to find them awkward, unnatural and unpleasant to read
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Jacob Proffitt
I enjoyed this book, and stayed up way too late finishing it, but it ended up a little flat for me. I liked Emma (and I really liked Zack) but I just couldn't buy her background as written.

First, the Greek mythos setup simply doesn't jibe. Demeter as a cold, heartless bitch just doesn't work for me. I'm sorry. Demeter is goddess of hearth and harvest. Spreading frost everywhere just doesn't work and maintaining such a devastatingly harsh grudge for thousands of years doesn't, either. I don't min
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Isa Lavinia
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it


Before I started this book I told a friend, "I'm expecting Mulder and Scully, only he's a werewolf and she's a siren - so I know I'll be disappointed."
Am I glad to be WRONG.

The comparison is even brought up jokingly in the book itself, but it's not exactly true. Other than both couples being FBI agents and the actual plot taking precedence over the romance, there's little else in common. But Cursed was still amazing!

It's become so rare to find characters who act rationally and behave like adul
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Sunny
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Interesting beginning to a series.

Strengths:
1. Although the mystery wasn't unique, I was easily drawn in. There is good storytelling with a good balance of mystery to romance.
2. The characters are likable. Emma's story is a bit tragic and that gives her an edge. Zack is also appealing as a shifter FBI agent.
3. Growing up in region, I'd be very surprised if one of the authors isn't from San Diego There is a level of detail that for the average reader may not be necessary, but is wh
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Sandy Williams
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay, you guys. Mark this one as "to-read". This was an awesome, awesome urban fantasy, and I can't wait for the next book!

That's all for now, because I have to put my thoughts together (when I haven't had a glass and a half of wine) and email some folks. More on this book later, though. But seriously, right now click the little "I want to read" button. You won't regret it. In October. Because that's when the book releases. :-)



Beth
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The writing team of S.J. Harper creates this fabulous story that contains a strong and intriguing female heroine, a hot alpha werewolf, ex-lover as our heroines FBI partner and a wonderfully difficult mystery that is brilliantly solved. Emma Monroe is a cursed Siren that will capture your heart. Zach Armstrong is a gloriously hot, dream worthy love interest causing lots of conflict in Emma and her desire to keep Zach safe from her curse. The mystery of the missing vampires is magnificently execu ...more
Ezinwanyi
What a pleasant surprise. I have to thank the PKC Feb recommends group because this book was not on my radar at all.

FBI agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong are investigating a series of missing persons. The only connection seems to be the missing persons are closet vampires (the public is unaware of vampires).
Emma is a Siren and Zack is werewolf. So they have to rely on the supernatural nature to solve this crime but it is definitely a complicated case. Then throw in the fact that you have a s
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
2 stars (maybe). DNF at p. 185 of 288.

Before anything else, I think it's important to know that the "J." portion of S.J. Harper is Jeanne C. Stein. I read the first several books of her Anna Strong series before I quit them out of boredom years ago. If I had known she co-wrote this book, I probably wouldn't have gotten it. But I did. And it was supported by my favorite author's website (the reason I ordered it in the first place) so I decided to give it a shot anyway.

CURSED might have been an ok
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Ian
Emma and Zack are FBI Agents working missing persons. I know the FBI do get involved in kidnappings but I didn't think they did missing persons. Luckily their current case is a kidnapping even if they don't actually know that so a possible plot flaw has been averted.

Anyway she's a siren, he's a werewolf, vampires are getting kidnapped yada yada yada.


Honestly I don't know why I'm feeling so blasé. The story is reasonable. The characters are OK. I just didn't really like it...and I don't know why
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

It’s a tricky business placing an immortal character in the modern world, and incarnations of Greek deities have been especially problematic in the past. That makes it all the more satisfying to read a book that gives gravitas and reasonable boundaries to the issue. I loved how Emma’s curse shapes her profession, proscribes her love life, and constrains where and when she can unleash her Siren’s magic.

CURSED is very well set up and executed, though I w
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Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
No other way to say it other than- I loved this book. This was my first time reading anything from these two authors. It is also the first book they have authored together. Well guess what ladies? You hit it right out of the park! It was captivating and fresh. I very much enjoyed the writing style. It moved well and made you feel a part of the story. I found the back-story to be very original. It was a new premise to me and with the amount I read that’s saying something.

Emma, the Siren, works mi
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Jennifer
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I needed something light for my vacation read, and this filled the bill. It's fairly standard fare for urban fantasy, though I wished the authors had fleshed out the world more. And Emma, for that matter--she's supposedly been cursed for millenia, but there wasn't often that sense of depth to her that I expected from such a long life. Not a bad book, just not one that won me over.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this early copy in pdf format from the author in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.


S.J. Harper's Cursed was phenomenal! Authors Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein team up to create this totally fantabuously amazing read! I am always blown away when authors team up and write a book together. For the most part, the book reads like it's told by one voice! At times I like to think I might know when Jeanne was writing, having never read Samantha
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Kimberly
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin: http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2013/09...

Emma Monroe is cursed – literally. Centuries ago, she was stripped of her wings and bound to Earth for her failure in rescuing Persephone from Hades. Any man she falls in love with is doomed to die at the hands of the goddess Demeter. Now Emma’s an agent for the FBI, hiding her true nature as a siren while working toward redemption by finding missing persons. Her latest case involves a missing artist who
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Candace
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's not real often that I really, really like the first book in a new UF series. Getting use to a new world is often mind boggling and complicated. This book managed to have a fantastic world but it wasn't at all mind boggling or complicated, and the characters were simply fantastic!

Emma is unique because she's a Siren and she's an FBI agent. She's a character that's easy to like and I immediately felt an attachment to her. We don't get a lot of information about her Siren background until lat
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Sharon
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new urban fantasy series. We all know first books can be a little rough around the edges for many reasons that normally get ironed out in the second book. Cursed experienced very little of this. SJ Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein and I was surprised to discover this because it reads like one voice.

Cursed has all the standard urban fantasy elements such as: supernatural female investigator, sexy ex-lover she must w
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cursed is authored by two authors who collaborated together. I have never read anything by S.J. Harper before, but I am really looking forward to what comes next.

Emma Monroe has been around for centuries, she has been cursed by Detemer because she let Hades take Persephone. Emma seeks redemption and she thinks that by being an FBI agent who works missing persons that one day she will have her life back. Her redemption could be just one rescue away. I found Emma to be a very strong character, ev
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Susana
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars



Did i like this?
Parts of it, yes. The idea of the story. The concept of having two supernaturals working as "regular" law officers was interesting.
The way the characters are portrayed in the synopsis, bound to caught the readers interest:

She's cursed. He's damned. Together they make one hell of a team.

The thing is, i didn't feel this intensity in the story.
The characters are somewhat bland. There's nothing wrong with them. But they're not that great.
It's not that i want big dramas and
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Mara
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mara by: Faith Hunter
Shelves: urban-fantasy
UF at its most intriguing. Book like Cursed had me hooked on the genre. It may not be perfect, it's not, but then, as one of the characters says in it, "Perfection is boring".

Its grace is understatement. The story is a classical mystery intertwined with paranormal. The heroine voice resounded true to me, a woman fighting for redemption for a "crime" she didn't really commit. Emma is believable, both as FBI agent, as a supe hiding her identity, as a woman.

The ending is sad if you are a romance f
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Kjen
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-one-day
A very enjoyable read...fresh and different with an interesting premise. The characters were very likable with a strong, quickly advancing plot. We get to know a lot about what makes Emma tick, but I'd like to see more emotional depth from Zack. Or maybe, because he is a man, it is just that simple?! Warning... sad cliffie for an ending. I really want book 2!
Barbara
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emma Monroe, the main character of Cursed, is a Siren. She searches for misses persons as an FBI agent, because she must atone to the gods for her past failure. I’ve never encountered a Siren in a story before, so I was intrigued. Emma has a new partner in Zack Armstrong, a werewolf that has transferred into the San Diego office from the south, which is where Emma first met him while working a case together. They are drawn together with an attraction that can’t be denied, but Emma can’t afford t ...more
Veronica
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Three and a half stars.

This was not bad for a first book. It was shelved in the PNR section of my bookstore but it definitely read like more UF to me. One of the reasons that I chose it was because the lead character, Emma Monroe, is a siren and I haven't come across many sirens in my UF reading. In fact, the only other siren I've read about was the sexy Hank in the severely underrated Charlie Madigan Series by Kelly Gay.

I thought the pacing of the book was pretty consistent throughout, with no
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Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a forbidden romance with a little mystery!
3.5 Stars

Originally reviewed on Romancing the Dark Side:

An immortal heroine on a journey for redemption and an unlikely forbidden romance!

Emma Monroe is an FBI agent working missing persons cases with one little secret. As one of three immortal sirens she’s been cursed by the ancient Greek gods until she can right a wrong committed ages ago. Each new case puts her one step closer to redemption, which means she can finally open her heart to love again but only with Demeter’s blessing. Emma is put
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Barb Lie
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cursed by S.J. Harper is the first book in their Fallen Siren series. S.J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein. Cursed is urban fantasy, with a Greek Goddess, a Siren, a Witch, and a Werewolf.

Emma Monroe is our heroine, and she is an FBI agent. But what most people do not know is that Emma is a Fallen Siren, punished by the Greek Goddess, Demeter, for allowing her daughter, Persephone to be kidnapped. Emma has been cursed and banished to live am
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Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I have to admit that the first night I started reading Cursed I started it late at night and kept getting thrown out of the story. Why? The speech tags (all those he said, she replied, etc.) that we’re so used to seeing and generally skip over are written in present tense (he says, she replies). In most books I read they’re written in past tense. I wasn’t used to it or maybe I was just sleepy, but it threw me. But by the time I pi
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Stacy
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Emma is a very very old Siren. She has walked the earth cursed by the Goddess Demeter for failing to her daughter Persephone. She is not allowed to love a man or he will die at the Goddess' hands and she must save woman until Demeter considers her debt paid.

Emma is an agent with the FBI. Being a Siren lets her solve missing person cases faster but of course nobody knows that. She worked with Zack on an out-of-state case in the past. She knew he was a werewolf right away, they got very close and
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Darkphoenix
Dec 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
meh...

This was quite a disappointment. For one Emma was supposed to be an ancient Siren and yet her mannerisms, her personality didn’t reflect that. I get that she’s meant to blend in but this is written in the first person and in her own inner monologues, if it hadn’t been explicitly stated that she’s ancient, I would not have known. Eternity is a very very very long time and it must weigh heavily on the person who’s been alive for centuries and none of that is apparent. This should have been e
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chucklesthescot
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, uf-pnr, abandoned
I read the prequel story and while I liked the idea of it I had a few issues that I hoped might change in a full length novel version. I didn't like the fact that our heroes were a werewolf and a Siren who are afraid to use their powers to solve crimes in case it reveals them to the wrong people. That is STILL the case in this book.

I mean, what is the POINT in having a werewolf with all those abilities that could trace missing women...yet he's too scared to sniff the ground in case he outs himse
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Ronda
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-favourites
I am so pleased I read the prequel to this book before I ventured through these pages, it definitely set the pace, past and characters and, beyond a shadow of a doubt, set this up to be the fantastic book it is!

Emma, a Siren, paying the penance for not saving the daughter of a God in her past. Her sentence? To live as a mortal but without ever falling in love, or her love will meet a bad ending.

Zack, a werewolf, worked on a case in the FBI with Emma. He comes to Emma's neck of the woods after be
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Paris
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, urban-fantasy
This was a pretty good start to a new urban fantasy series. I really like the world that has been built for Emma and Zack. I always enjoy new mythological characters and sirens have definitely not been used a whole lot in the urban fantasy genre. This first book in the series felt a little disjointed at times, which could have been because it was a new world or because the book was written by two authors. It was a little overlong in parts and I wasn’t always 100% connected to Emma. Being that sh ...more
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S.J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic-Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.

Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real life” day job in the psychiatric field to pursue writing full-time in 2007. She is the author of more than
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