"Riveting Suspense - Humorous and Heartwarming Mythical Romance!"
THE WARRIOR, book two of Ms. Nance's "Sons of
series, picks up where book one, THE TRICKSTER leaves off.
FBI agent Armond Marceaux's satisfaction in a job well
done, dwindled as reaction set in. Yes, Guy Centurian, was
safely behind bars, but Armond had nearly lost his best
friend, Mark, this evening. The familiar taste of the guilt
of others seeped into him before he exited the New Orleans
A descendant of Ares, a true protector, justice was
Armond's mistress. Tonight it was not enough. He needed to
blanket himself in innocence and purity. He needed Callie
Callie is a descendant of Callisto, whom Hera had once
turned into a bear out of jealousy. She is Zeus and Hera's
latest matchmaking project. The women of that line, as with
all female descendant's of Zeus's affairs, are notoriously
unlucky in love. The woman of Callisto's line had formed a
matriarchal society. Strong and independent, the Gabriel
women raise their daughter's alone. They see a man's role
as merely a "sperm donor" according to Callie's mother.
Callie isn't quite like the other women in her family
however. Deep down she longs for a man's love, and a
complete family. She had once that man would be Armond
Marceaux, but she had decided that Armond was already
wedded to his job. He'd left her months ago to pursue his
career in the FBI.
To Armond's mind things are not settled between them.
Before he'd left for the FBI, he'd invited Callie to his
fishing cabin. Both had known the significance of the
offer, the shift from mere dating to a more intimate
relationship. Callie had promised to come, but had failed
to do so. Her betrayal, added to others from his past, had
reinforced the conviction that he was destined to spend his
life alone. Just not tonight.
He knows exactly where to find Callie -- working late in
her vegetarian restaurant. Callie is surprised to see him,
but intuitively knows that something is wrong. Callie being
Callie can't resist reaching out to him. One thing leads to
another, but Armond can't stay. Centurian is behind bars
but the job is far from finished. Callie cannot accept his
Both believe it is truly over this time, but the legacy of
that night will bring them together once more. Topping
things off, Hera has been ordered to get this unlikely pair
back together, permenantly, as the condition for her return
to the home world she so desperately misses. It won't be
easy. It is well known that sons of Ares are incapable of
love, and Centurian's goons have other plans for Armond.
Two month's later Callie realizes that she is carrying
Armond's child. Against her family's wishes she chooses to
let share the information with him. She finds him at his
cabin, haggard and bruised. She is unaware that Armond
doesn't know her, he doesn't even know who he is. His
memory may be gone, but his instincts are as fine tuned as
ever. For unknown reasons he knows he wants her, and that
she is someone he can trust. Somehow she is the key to the
all the answers he is looking for. He isn't about to mess
it up by revealing his memory loss.
Staying close to Callie, Armond struggles to regain his
memory, with criminals in pursuit, and the matchmaking Zeus
and Hera dogging their footsteps. The plot includes a
friendly side wager with Dionysus the "the god of wine",
who doubles as Callie's boss Dion Backus. He's bet
Aphrodite's mirror against Zeus and Hera's rings that he
can keep the couple apart.
With the slate wiped clean Armond is a different man, that
is, except when his instincts kick in. Then he becomes the
warrior Callie is familiar with. Has he changed enough to
make things work between them? Can Callie bend enough to
bridge the remainder of the gap? Will Armond regain his
memory in time to bring the criminals to justice? Will Hera
return to D-Alphus, leaving a broken hearted Zeus to match
make all alone?
Riveting, suspenseful, humorous, heartwarming, and
romantic, are all words that describe this newest release
by Kathleen Nance. Highly recommended. Look for THE SEEKER
(descendants of Hades and Leda) in January of 2002!
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted January 4, 2002