"Great Start to New Series"
Erin Morgan sensed it was going to be a bad day before
discovering four dead bodies drained of blood where she
worked in the posh, state of the art medical center of
Manhattan, but not one that saw her running for her very
life! Nor could she ever imagine while fleeing to her home
state of Tennessee that two snarling beasts would be
landing on the hood of her car causing her to drive off the
road. No, and if that wasn't bad enough -- waking up to
find one very big, virile, and very naked man on the hood
of her car -- well.... now depending on how you look at it,
things could be looking up!
*** Newer author Jennifer St. Giles is certainly making
people sit up and take notice and with this fast action
fantasy/thriller she starts off a new series that is sure
to entice a whole new set of paranormal romance genre fans.
In it, she introduces a new set heroes called Shadowmen --
shape-shifters whose purpose was to guard mortals like Erin
from the evil blood-sucking Vladarians. Unfortunately, as
our hero Jared battled one of the demons he was bitten. The
poison it inflicted, would in time, turn Jared into the
very evil being he was sworn to battle. A great portion of
the plot is spent with St. Giles doing an admirable job of
showing the anguish of Jared and also of his fellow
comrades who made the heartbreaking choice of allowing him
to live before the poison destroyed all that was pure and
good before overtaking his very soul.
Erin had her own problems to contend with knowing that the
miracle doctor she worked for, hailed as a hero for his
ground breaking cancer treatments was in fact a murderer!
After her disenchantment with her former employer it was no
stretch for her to be wary of Jared as he aroused a passion
in her that she was deathly afraid of giving into. In
developing Erin, the author developed her deftly in both
keeping her interested in the man, by showing compassion
for his injuries, yet being wary of his mental state when
he tried to explain who/what he was.
As well as the two main protagonists, you are also
introduced to a plethora of secondary characters including
a delightful pixyish Irish lass called Emerald, who in
addition to her other-worldly connections of receiving
messages from the Druids, is a sex-therapist who councils
her patients via a 'blackberry'. This is an exciting
introduction to the series, and St. Giles sets the stage in
whetting your appetite for future installments that are
Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization
Reviewed by Marilyn Rondeau
Posted January 26, 2007