Title: The Cursed
Author: Alyssa Day
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: League of the Black Swan (Book 1)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback, 304 Pages
ISBN-10: 0425255778 (Berkley/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0425255773 (Berkley/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Shirene
Bordertown private investigator Luke Oliver’s beat is the dimensional fold in Manhattan between the human and supernatural realms. But now a secret from his past—the League of the Black Swan—has surfaced. Because Luke isn’t any ordinary P.I. He’s the Dark Wizard of Bordertown, and he never backs down from a fight.
But this time the fight threatens his life and his heart. Rio Jones, the only woman he loved, needs his help against a deadly menace. Luke pushed her away once before, so she’d never fall prey to the curse that threatens to destroy him. He swore he’d never let her go again.
Luke and Rio, with the help of the newly reformed League, must keep evil forces from taking over Bordertown—all the while battling a passion on the razor’s edge between danger and desire. And going to take everything they have just to stay alive.
Quick & Dirty: Magician and human struggle against competing paranormal forces to win love and acceptance of their past.
Opening Sentence: Getting stabbed is hell on the dry-cleaning bill.
I don’t normally do this, but I’m 100 pages into this book and I’m already frantic for book 2. After the first chapter I knew I was in trouble. Following the first five chapters, I realized that I had skipped lunch. Finally, after the first ten chapters I thought I’d take a breather and write my first impressions. This book is mind-blowing, stupendous, darn I love my review job and this book is a must read for any fan of romance, paranormal romance or just an amazing story. Off to finish this delightfully written book and will finish this review later.
Usually with reviews, I give myself a few hours or even sleep on it before I write my review. Well, that is definitely not the case with this book. It has only been 10 minutes since I finished this book and I want book 2 STAT! This book reminds me of my favorite dessert — Dark Chocolate Godiva and Coffee Cheesecake. Rich, Creamy and Irresistible!
The story of Luke and Rio is an engrossing read. It is not often that I will allow myself to just sit down and consume a book in one sitting or that I will feel compelled to sit and consume a book. This book left me with no ability to put it down. Every time I was dragged out of the world by my barking dog, it was sheer misery. Every time I heard a timer go off or one of my mobile devices ding, I was only dimly conscious of it. This book is better than anything I have read this whole year and that is saying a lot.
The story was rich and rewarding. There were no plot holes that I even glimpsed. This world was everything that a reader dreams a world should be and then some. We are given a huge world to play in with magicians, demons, fae, mountain trolls, magical fox, grendels, poisoning, sleeping beauty, goblins and that is just the start. The research that went into this book must fill a large notebook. You can see that Ms. Day took care and joy in creating this world and all the creatures that reside within. Even some of the hideous creatures are just fascinating.
The depth of this thought also includes a gigantic duck and its egg. Luke and Rio are called in to find the duck’s lost egg (I know it is hilarious, but wait there is more!). Ms Day’s wicked sense of humor thrums through this book. Here is a perfect example. “Guess it’s duck season,” Rio said and grinned. ‘“Wabbit season,” Luke corrected her….It took a rare person to appreciate a good Elmer Fudd line.” That rare person was me. I laughed so hard my sides hurt for 10 minutes.
The humor and wit abound in this book. When you flip the page don’t be surprised when something magical or just plain odd happens because the world of Bordertown could have been named Looney Toons City.
If I haven’t convinced you to place your hard earned cash down for this book then shame on you, but if you don’t and hear others talking about the wonder of Luke and Rio’s story, then you have well and truly been warned. While I wait not so patiently for book 2, I’m going to catch up with the rest of Ms. Day’s books. I’m glad to find another author to add the the favorite list.
Finally, if a Smart TV executive reads this book or this review then option this series NOW! This is a show I would gladly watch once a week and it would fill the gaping hole that is found in the magical and romantic television void. You can thank me and all the rest of the viewers later.
A shudder snaked its way through Rio at the thought of Dalriata chaining Kit again, and Luke reached over and took her hand. The warmth of his fingers clasping hers sent a wave of reassurance to counter the fear.
Rio stared at their joined hands, resting on the table, and wondered how long it had been since someone had held her hand. Just that simple, human bit of affection–so common and so ordinary–and she couldn’t even remember the last time she’d experienced it. She suddenly felt a little pathetic, so she pulled her hand away and put it in her lap, out of his reach.
League of the Black Swan Series:
1. The Cursed
1.5 Enthralled (July 2, 2013)
FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of The Cursed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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