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Starry Knight

(The Knights of the Tarot #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Can these star-crossed lovers bridge two worlds?

British aristocrat Vanessa Bentley has beauty, fame, and fortune, but she gets no respect for her decision to become a paranormal investigator. Determined to prove the naysayers wrong, Vanessa ventures to the misty moors of Caithness, Scotland. There stands the immense Castle Barrogill, where a vampire is rumored to be stalki
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Lyrical Press
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An interesting read about shape shifting fairies, ghosts, paranormal investigators and politics.

Vanessa Bentley should lead a happy life, she has everything from money to beauty, except love. She’s loveless and feels unlovable. But finding love is not on her to do list, finding vampires as part of her paranormal investigative career is. Will she find her elusive vampire when she heads to Castle Barrogill, or will she discover something else, something so incredible she couldn’t have imagine, i
Starry Knight was a good start to a new paranormal romance series. The overall story and premise was strong which has amazing potential become a favorite read for me. There was a shifter, faery, vampire, ghost and the human element all proposed with a unique and very original view on their creation. For that reason alone, kudos to Nina Mason.

For the story, it was a little slow at times going but absolutely found it to be enjoyable and entertaining enough for me to definitely want to continue on.
Kathie (katmom)
I really wanted to like this. The cover is great, the blurb is better. Unfortunately not every book was written for every reader, and that is the case here. I didn't like Callum, and boy, did I want to! He's an Avalon Knight, he's a shifter (who can take any shape), he's a Highland Lord, he wears kilts and suits like he created them, he's a romantic (except when he's just shagging anything in a skirt...more on that later), he's an astrologer...yeah, he's pretty much every alpha male that has eve ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Starry Knight is the first book to Nina Mason's Knights of Avalon series. I really wanted to like this one unfortunately it wasn't what I expected. The blurb was just vague enough that it wasn't how I thought it would play out. I pictured a brooding recluse in a Scottish Highlands Castle and a reluctant socialite trying to start a career as a paranormal investigator. But what it doesn't tell you is that the recluse is a well known author and a string puller for the Scottish Parliament
Ruckasaurus Rex
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy romance and paranormal romance
*advance reader copy received through NetGalley*

“I’d rather chase the mirage than die alone without hope in the desert.” – Starry Knight

*Advance reader copy received through NetGalley*

Nina Mason has created a fantastic world for her Knights of Avalon series. Starry Knight is the first book in the series, focusing on the willful daughter of a British aristocrat and politician and what seems to be an astrologer and author…but in this case looks are very deceiving. Scottish-born Callum Lyon has bee
DJ Sakata
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

“He’d taken up astrology to please his father – an impossible task – but also to please himself. Heavenly bodies were mysterious, beautiful, and unfathomable – not unlike womankind.”

“Her skin felt sticky, there was film on her teeth, and, given that she’d slept with her make-up on, she probably resembled a raccoon.”

“Money was merely the means to an end. The true root of all evil was selfishness.”

“Opening her suitcase, Vanessa rummaged through the things she’d packed in search of
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
# 1 in a New Paranormal Romance "The Knights of Avalon". While, this story will not be for every reader, I found it enjoyable, engaging and entertaining. Not all the characters where my favorites, but were needed to carry the story, I believe. Ms Mason did a wonderful job on world building, since this was a Paranormal Romance there were many facets to the story with a wide variety of characters. There were faries, Knights, Ghosts, shapeshifters,mythology, politics, Paranormal investigators and p ...more
Rosemary Hendry
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic !!!!!!! This book is a combination of paranormal romance, that moved through time. Callum is a vampire with a twist. He has been used by many and his coming a vampire is different then the normal story. So he is a very smart and sexy man that has urges that he represses. Enter Venessa who is a product of privilege and as a lot of women raised in this style she is a bit of a rebel. They meet and chemistry takes over and the story gets hot and heavy. Can they both overcome many things fo ...more
Myra Espino
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Me28

Starry Night, an interesting and full mystery read!
Interesting concept and the characters are easy to like.
The characters, Vanessa and Callum are good.
Vanessa, a noblewoman who has a reputation and a paranormal investigator.
Callum, a nobleman (human) once, but things changed when he was brought to Avalon.
With Vanessa investigates if there's a vampire in the Castle Barrogill, both will face interesting challenges that will make the story more interesting and full of thrill!
Lindsey Kramer
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love dark romances about vampires, demons, and the paranormal. I thought this book was intense and passionate. I love Nina Mason's ability to play on the emotion of the reader. She has a way of making the reader feel like they are walking in the shoes of her characters. I love books that are dark and full of action as well as romance. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants something dark and intense!
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Let me introduce you to Callum Lyon. a very hot yummy man , who is also a astrologer and a fairy knight . He is happy in his life until he meets the beautiful Vanessa, a paranormal investigator who wants to find the vampire of Castle Barrogill. Sparks fly and wow oh wow what can I say . We they find the love that they both want and need or will they shine like the stars and fizzle out .
Wow Nina has done it again , she has written a book that is both sexy and thoughtful . She takes us on a jou
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone especially paranormal readers
Recommended to Darlene by: Nina Mason
Shelves: arc
^^^^ I received an ARC from this very talented and amazing author Nina Mason; in exchange for an honest opinion. This is Mismousey's very honest opinion of her book "STARRY KNIGHT".
OMG has Ms. Mason taken her creativity to another limit with this book. Having read her books- The Devil in Dukes's Clothing, Bedeviled Bride, along with her other books.
Ms.Mason has a unique way in which she takes her pen to paper and creates this magical
Angela Withrow TheArdentReader
I found this story wonderfully written. The base story is a great romp through time and history, the Fae world, and the modern world. Callum has come a long way since he was born. Married twice, he is hesitant to enter into any lasting relationship. He can still feel the presence of his first wife haunting his home, Castle Barrogill. He is completely interested in a fling, though, and is drawn to Vanessa from the moment their eyes meet at a signing for his newest novel. Both are of blue blood, s ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the magical, mysterious tour of The Knights of Avalon, the first book in Nina Mason’s new paranormal series. Lord Callum Lyon has many secrets, and although a writer he manages to keep a rather low profile in his Scottish castle. But a request from a friend could change all that: Callum is a staunch nationalist and he is considering running for office. He has not been seriously involved with a woman in a long time, but the beautiful Lady Vanessa Bentley might change his mind. The attr ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
If you are a fan of paranormal romance be sure to check out Nina Mason's Starry Knight, the first book in her new "Knights of Avalon" series. There's a simmering eroticism that permeates every corner of every chapter, whilst introducing us to enticing new characters, an exciting developing plot line, and a refreshingly original permutation on mythical creatures.

Notice I used the word "whilst"? Get used to it. Because our newest hero is Callum Lyon, Baron of Barrogill, a sexy, virile, and immorta
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Callum was fighting a war and all was lost around him. He was saved by a mystical being on a horse . She gives him a drink and everything is healed. They ride off into the wonder , when they reach the Ocean the horse doesn't stop he continues going and they reach a mystical Island . There is a queen there and there are 3 order of Knights . Some time passes and Callum has to be punished . He is a stud for the Queen but all he has given her is sons . There is an old prophecy that says one of the Q ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Reading Room Blog
I received a copy of this story for an honest review for The Reading Room Blog.

Mysterious astrologer Callum has always kept his secrets close to the vest, after all being an ageless vampire isn't something one touts. But when tabloid favorite Lady Vanessa comes looking for the vampire of Castle Barrogill will Callum turn her away or bring her into his dangerous but seductive world.

What I Loved: Callum's back story is fascinating and I loved how his concept of love and relationships slowly evolve
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

This book has it all. Paranormal, shape shifting, ghosts and fairies at their best… It was simply an enjoyable fun loving mixture. I am ready to go to Castle Barrogill for my own kooky adventure.

Vanessa a paranormal investigator is in search of the vampire said to live in Castle Barrogill…Callum the vampire has been hiding out in the castle for 500 years or so. Unlucky in love he is. He is known as a ver
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Callum our hero died on Flodden Field. He was an astrologer to the Scottish King. The alternative "life".as a Knight of Avalon, he was given didn't quite work out as he thought. Hundreds of years later he is hiding from his Queen, who thinks he is dead.
He is still an astrologer, but everyone knows now that is just rubbish. He is also a shifter who needs blood and sex to survive.
Vanessa is rich girl from an unhappy family. She is determined to never be tied down by any man. Love is just a fairy
Valerie Spearman
Starry Knight is a well told story about Ghosts, Vampires, the Fae and Sellie. A Historical combined with Mythology, it tells the tale of a gorgeous reclusive astrologer and a British aristocrat. Lady Vanessa Bentley is the quintessential "Poor little rich girl". She was given everything that money could buy, while being deprived of the things she wanted most--love, affection and approval. She was rebellious and determined to prove her naysayers wrong.

Callum Lyon was once a Faery knight and bree
S.M. Lowry
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Starry Knight has just become my new favorite of Nina Mason’s books. Mason has seamlessly combined the Otherworld with the modern one to create a fantastic story. I love how Mason blended qualities of vampires with Arthurian legend; it made for enjoyable, complex characters and a storyline that has me eagerly awaiting the next book. Since I’m a fan of astrology, I liked the emphasis in the book on the characters’ astrological
Jennifer Zamora
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this in exchange for a real and honest review.
Overall I think this will be a great starter to a new series. I did enjoy this book, but did have a few issues with it.
Callum has MORE than a lifetime of secrets hes hiding, and even a ghost of a first wife.
Vanessa has a (VERY) political family shes trying to not turn into. Instead she would like to turn into a hunter. A para hunter that is... This was one of the weirder parts for me. I am not sure where that comes from.
Callum is hiding
Angel Hatfield
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great Story, Great Characters **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
Callum had been a knight and a baron who had been mortally wounded but Belphoebe made him a special drink and he healed. Then she took him to Avalon, but then Callen was to be sacrificed and Belphoebe once again rescued him. When he got back home, he found out that 2 centuries had passed.
Vanessa was very independent and a rebel against her family. She didn't believe in love or being romantic. She fe
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review by author Nina Mason. This is book 1 of the Knights of Avalon series by the author.

Callum Lyon was a knight durring the battle of Flodden Field in the year 1513. Gravely wounded he is saved and taken to Avalon to serve the queen as a drone. Having escaped Avalon 500 years later he now is an author and is intrigued by a woman, Lady Vanessa. Vanessa Bentley seeks out the paranormal and she is looking for a vampire but instead finds Lord Lyon an
Romazing Reader
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastical story! A terrific and different kind of paranormal romance that's jammed-packed with mystical other-worldly goodness! Everything I could ever imagine is weaved into this extraordinary tale! A bit of Scottish highlander history, some paranormal thrills, spot-on zodiac-astrology, and even chilling mythological creatures, are all rolled into one steamy erotic romance where this immortal sexy Scot's past five hundred years is about to collide with his extremely guarded present day ...more
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I’ve read by Nina Mason, and I was impressed by her characters and there was plenty of action and adventure. I am a hugh Paranormal romance fan, and this book did not disappoint!! This is the first book in her The Knights of Avalon series, I am ready for the next one. Vanessa is a British aristocrat who does not ever want to get married. Callum is a faery knight and an astrologer, who is immortal and drinks blood. There is an instant attraction, but they each have their ow ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Copy received via Netgalley.

I did enjoy this book. Paranormal is not my normal first choice of genre, but as I adore this authors Historical Erotic Novels I thought I would give this a go.

I enjoyed the myth and legends side of the story and the growing relationship between Callum and Vanessa but what I did not like was the 'political' side of the story - although it is not the whole story at all - in my opinion it took up too much time. (And YES, before anyone asks I am a Scot, living in Scotla
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, kindle
This book and the next in the series of four were both released today. I read all about Callum Lyon and Vanessa this morning.

Nina Mason is a 'go to' author for me...and not only because I love to read about hot, sexy hunks in kilts (I am Scottish so that is always a bonus).

Nina Mason researches the time, history, places, manner of dress, speech - absolutely everything - to the nth degree; giving her books a reality that you would not expect from an historical, romantic, paranormal novel.

This boo
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found the story between Vanessa and Callum very interesting. The all consuming lust and combustable attraction between them was very believable and enjoyable to read. Especially considering her line of work and her paranormal abilities. Would she find out who and what he is? I loved the history and the different eras and time periods represented throughout the book. The paranormal aspect of the book was very well written and portrayed excellent throughout. I loved the astrology and their belie ...more
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