ISBN #: 978-1451672909
Page Count: 370
Copyright: December 26, 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books
(Taken from back cover)
One of the mythical race of shape-shifting Imnada and a member of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery suffers under a ruthless curse. As the result of a savage massacre on the eve of Waterloo, he and the men he served with are forced to live the hours of darkness trapped as their animal aspects. Now one of them has been murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada may finally have been discovered. His only link to unearthing the truth - Bianca Parrino, the beautiful actress whom every man desires.
Forging a new life for herself after escaping the clutches of her abusive husband, Bianca is again drawn into violence when a dear friend is brutally murdered and she becomes a suspect. Forced to place her trust and her life in Mac's hands as they flee a determined killer, Bianca cannot deny she is falling for the mysterious soldier. But will his dark secrets tear them asunder? Or will love be the key to breaking even the cruelest of spells?
This is a classical romance in that it has the main basic elements:
- Girl in trouble who is independent and determined to stay that way due to past hurts
- Sexy man alone and determined not to become entangled in love affair due to hidden secret
- A potentially dangerous situation forces the two to come together, work together, and, eventually, fall in love
Now, take those basic elements and throw in shape-shifters, faes, magic, murder, and the anger of a clan and you've got yourself one potent brew of danger, sex appeal, and romance. The sexual magnetism between Mac and Bianca is a little slow-started, but once it gets going you may need to take a cold shower. I know this man is a fictional character, but I'd do so many naughty things to him he wouldn't be able to leave the bedroom for a while.
Bianca tended to get on my nerves just a wee tad. In the beginning she's stoic and tough-as-nails, but throw her in a locked basement room, honey, and she falls to pieces like a magnolia tree shedding its petals. I understand she endured a traumatic situation during her first marriage ... and she's an actress ... but, gracious ... I am glad though that once Mac put some shape-shifting hoo-doo on her behind, she calmed herself down right-quick-and-in-a-hurry. Maybe that's all she needed was some good lovin' to reign her in.
Demon's Curse is book one of three in the Imnada Brotherhood trilogy. Since Mac was part of a specific group of men, I'm suspecting that the other two books will be about de Coursy and Gray. I really enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to seeing how the other two stories will play out. If you like a little paranormal romance to start your day, perhaps you should try Demon's Curse?
*A paperback copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.