There are some perks to working in a library that stop you in your book-paved tracks and cause a rather serious case of Librarian-Smug-Mode. And when Peter and Emma Newman kindly donated copies of their books to our library it incited a particularly rabid self-satisfied episode. In the stack of brilliance handed to us was a copy of The Deathless… a book that had yet to be released.
As a conscientious employee, I obviously felt it my duty to read The Deathless first... you know, to make sure it was up to par before it hit the shelves. Just kidding! As an avid fan of both Peter and Emma's books, I nearly peed myself with excitement at the prospect of getting to read something before it had gone on general release… even more so now I know how bloody good it is!
If you’re wondering what could possibly make a collected professional turn into a gushing fanatic, here’s the synopsis...
In the endless forests of the Wild, humanity scratches a living by the side of the great Godroads, paths of crystal that provide safe passage and hold back the infernal tide. Creatures lurk within the trees, watching, and plucking those who stray too far from safety.
In crystal castles held aloft on magical currents, seven timeless royal families reign, protecting humanity from the spread of the Wild and its demons. Born and reborn into flawless bodies, the Deathless are as immortal as the precious stones from which they take their names. For generations a fragile balance has held.
And the damned...
House Sapphire, one of the ancient Deathless families, is riven by suspicion and madness. Whole villages are disappearing as the hunting expeditions holding the Wild at bay begin to fail.
Then, when assassins strike, House Sapphire shatters.
Nothing lasts forever.
Anyway, with heartfelt gratitude to Peter for donating his book before release, here is my humble non-spoiler (and probably nonsensical, unsophisticated, and rambling) review…
While I’ve no doubt fantasy readers will devour this book, you don’t have to be an avid lover of fantasy to get lost inside its pages. It really is the epitome of a bloody good read. For a complex and unique world, the story is surprisingly easy to follow. Peter’s prose is immersive and subtly brilliant. The plot centres around four characters: Pari and Vasin, two of the elite Deathless; Chandni, a high mother and bearer of future vessels for the Deathless; and finally… well, I can’t really say who the fourth is without spoiling some of the plot, but like Peter’s previous work, he certainly gives the voiceless a captivating and exciting voice (for those who’ve read the Vagrant series, I’ll concede to say that it’s not a goat!).
The Wild seems to cover the entire landscape, and it is absolutely terrifying. With creatures like the Whispercage and the Scurrying Corpsman hiding in the dark recesses of the forest, there are moments within this book that wouldn’t be misplaced within a horror.
Juxtaposed to the unruly and foreboding Wild are the grand floating castles, where the immortal Deathless reside in a luxurious court-like lifestyle. And when the Deathless put on their crystal suits of armour to go into the Wild and hunt the seemingly demonic creatures, they really do take on a god-like status. But all is not what it seems, as betrayal, assassination, politics, and espionage weave their way throughout the story.
This book is well crafted, unpredictable and layered. I think I seamlessly went through every conceivable emotion reading this. I couldn’t put it down. The characters are so intricate and believable; I adored each and every one for both their witty, wonderful brilliance and perfectly human flaws. I would recommend this to anyone (lover of fantasy or not) and cannot wait to read the next book set within this world.
Don’t believe me? See for yourself and pick up a copy from your local bookstore or online. No need to panic if money is tight, though! You can pop into your local library and borrow one instead (secret tip: if your library doesn’t have it in their catalogue, you can request they get it in). But come to our library, and you’ll be able to read a signed copy!
From NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes Part One of Mr. Rook’s Island, a Sexy, Dark, Romantic Suspense.
He’s Enigmatic, Dangerously Handsome, and COMPLETELY OFF-LIMITS…
The women who vacation on Mr. Rook’s exclusive island are looking for one thing and one thing only: to have their wildest romantic fantasies come to life. Pirates, cowboys, billionaires—there’s nothing Rook’s staff can’t deliver.
But when Stephanie Fitzgerald’s sister doesn’t return after her week in paradise, Stephanie will have to pose as a guest in order to dig for answers. Unfortunately, this means she’ll need to get close to the one thing on the island that’s not on the menu: the devastatingly handsome and intimidating Mr. Rook. And he’s not about to give the island’s secrets away.
This review won’t contain any spoilers—because spoilers ruin EVERYTHING.
However, it will contain points on why I think this book is an absolute winner. Because although Mr. Rook is primarily a romance, it managed to tick more boxes than a data entry clerk. Mystery. Romance. Paranormal. Heartbreak. Humour… the list goes on. And, I bloody loved its unpredictability.
Stephanie is grief-stricken after the disappearance of her sister, Cici. Stephanie isn’t a weak-willed wallflower, sure, she might be heartbroken, but she’s a tenacious risk-taker who needs answers and closure. And those answers can only be found on the mysterious fantasy island where Cici was last seen alive—owned and run by the equally secretive and enigmatic Mr. Rook.
The island is like nothing I’ve ever read about before. It’s a place where all your fantasies can come true. There are moments where I laughed out loud and moments where I thought, Christ-on-a-bike I want to go. It’s a cheeky romance lover's heaven… at least, on the surface, it appears that way. *cue mysterious music*
Who. Is. Rook? He’s suave, sexy, controlling, attentive, arrogant, sweet, thoughtful… Rook has more contradictions than a politician (in a good way, of course!). The picture of who he is, and how he and his ‘paradise’ island are linked to Cici’s disappearance begin to unfold throughout the story; at the same time, like a potent concoction of dangerous and exciting illegal substances, the chemistry between Rook and Stephanie begins to mix and sizzle.
BOOM. An unexpected curveball smacks you right in the nose.
If anyone is familiar with Mimi’s work, they’ll also be aware that she’s a demon with twisty cliff-hangers, and this novel is without exception. Don’t worry, if you loathe dangling on the precipice, there is hope:
1) you never have to wait too long for the next book.
2) there are some brilliantly insightful ‘extra chapters’ at the end of the novel.
3) Given that her backlog is twenty-something books long, there’s plenty to keep you going in the meantime.
But, hey, patience is a virtue, right? ?
I started reading Mimi’s books when the ‘Accidently’ series was first published, but, I’ve missed out on a few releases over the past two years (what can I say, working in a library can get a little distracting); however, after reading Mr. Rook I headed over to Amazon and bought every single book I hadn’t read. Like a Netflix binge-fest, I’m preparing for a Mimi-marathon. Tea and cake are at the ready to carry me through… I’m so excited!
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Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. Both traditionally and independently published, Mimi has sold over 900,000 books since publishing her 1st title in 2012, and she plans to spontaneously combust once she hits the one-million mark. Although she obtained her international MBA and worked for over 15 years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance-closet and follow your dreams.
When not screaming at her works in progress, Mimi spends time with her two pirates in training, her loco-for-the-chili-pepper hubby, and rat terriers, Mini & DJ Princess Snowflake, in Arizona.
She continues to hope that her books will inspire a leather pants comeback (for men) and that she might make you laugh when you need it most.
The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie
by Nancee Cain
Series: Pine Bluff, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Shannon Lumetta
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Hosted by: Book Partners In Crime Promotions
I'm incredibly excited to be a part of Nancee Cain's release tour for her fantastic contemporary romance novel: The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie... so much so, I had to pinch one of my Mum's Tena Ladies (sorry Mum)... anyway, enough about my excitable bladder, back to the reason I'm writing this: if you love your contemporary romances to contain lashings of laugh out loud hilarity intersected with hair-pulling drama and face-fanning moments then read on...
At seventeen, music legend Dylan McAthie ran away from his Alabama home to chase his dreams. Years later, he’s forced to return—coming full circle to escape the nightmare his life has become. Hounded by paparazzi and plagued by the aftermath of personal and professional loss, Dylan craves some quiet anonymity so he can regroup and sort out what lies ahead.
Hired by his estranged brother, Jennifer Adams knows exactly who Dylan is. She grew up next door to his family and has followed his career. But the surly, overbearing man she’s caring for as a private-duty nurse is far from the charming boy she remembers. Nevertheless, she’s determined to be professional, do a good job—and not fail at her first time getting away from home.
As her patient heals, his demeanor softens, and their interactions grow less antagonistic. Soon their chemistry is undeniable—and inappropriate—leaving the inexperienced Jennifer thoroughly confused. Adding to the turmoil, scandal finds Dylan once again, threatening all the progress he’s made and putting Jennifer at risk as collateral damage.
It’s up to Dylan to fix what his fame has so easily broken and find a way to move forward with his life. But will his resurrection mean the death of any relationship with Jennifer?
Fancy reading it? Of course you do! Only Tax Collectors with a nightly routine of plaid pyjamas, decaffeinated Kopi Luwak Coffee, and a copy of The Financial Times would say no.
And you're not one of those broadsheet boring-baldies, are you?
I didn't think so.
However, just in case you're still stuck on the fence with change jangling in your pocket, let me grab you a stepladder and offer you my personal opinion on why your spare coins might be wisely invested in the purchase of this book...
First things first: This review won’t contain any spoilers. Because I’m nice like that… contrary to what my husband might say.
I was gifted a digital copy and, after reading it, I ordered a hardcopy (get building more shelves, Husband). If a book’s good I like to own a real version… one that I can sniff when the mood takes me (ever tried sniffing a Kindle? It’s very disappointing and people look at you like you’re crazy).
I have to admit, I dip in and out of contemporary romance because I get a teeny-weeny bit tired of certain character traits and predictabilities that seem to be synonymous with many contemporary romance stories. You know the ones… a testy Alpha male starts off broken and troubled, only he meets a girl and ‘BAM’ (through the use of unrealistic feminine powers none of us mere mortals can ever attain) she changes him into a perfect, poetic Adonis who is unrecognisable from the man he was at the beginning of the story. Please, don’t shout at me for saying this. I will cry. And it won’t be pleasant. Sure, books with idealistic perfection will always have a place (and rightly so). But there are so many to choose from. The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie takes that trope and gives it a good pounding (like tenderising a tasty steak or, for the vegetarians reading this, pestle and mortaring an incredible flavour into a piece of soy).
Dylan’s life is a bit of a car crash; he’s been through the mill (and then some). But. I don’t think I have ever read a more realistic, funny, flawed, endearing and (at times) enraging character as Dylan within the contemporary romance genre.
Yes, we read for escapism from this horribly hectic world. And let’s face it, no one wants to read about ‘real men’— they fart, they constantly fiddle with their balls, and they forget important dates… like your ANNIVERSARY. But. I have to say the bar for fictional male leads (in my humble opinion) is often set so unrealistically high, I can’t always immerse myself fully in the story world (call me cynical and unimaginative). That didn’t happen with The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie. The author clearly knows her men and knows how far she can push realism without stepping over into the unappealing. And that was so much fun to read. Dylan has the perfect amount of charm, flaws and sex-appeal; he is one of my top ten book boyfriends to date (shhh… don’t tell my husband).
"I know that you don't care if you get cancer, but haven't you heard of second hand smoke?"
"Misery loves company, angel. You can join me in an early grave."
Jennifer Adams is relatable, and a girl you’d happily have as a best friend. She might be sweet, kind and a naïve preacher’s daughter, but she’s by no means a fool (sure, she might not always make the most sensible decisions, but there is always a plausible and justifiable reason behind them). She has just the right balance of vulnerability and sass.
"He's not that bad, Daddy. He even has a Bible verse tattooed on his ribcage."
"I hardly think that makes him a Bible scholar, Jennifer."
The combination of the two characters makes for the most hilarious, sexually-charged and interesting journey. I read this in two sittings. It was fast-paced and had twists and turns I did not see coming or anticipate the outcome of. The ending left me settled, satisfied and complete.
"You're supposedly the world's sex-uh, I mean, talented lead guitarist. But I've yet to hear you play." She could feel herself blushing.
"I'm a sex-talented lead guitarist? Do you think I play with my damn dick?"
"Don't most men?"
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A little bit about Nancee:
During the day, Nancee Cain works as a nurse/counselor in the field of addiction to support her coffee and reading habit. Nights are spent writing paranormal and contemporary romances with a serrated edge.
Authors are her rock stars, and she’s been known to stalk a few for an autograph, but not in a scary, Stephen King way. Her husband swears her To-Be-Read list qualifies her as a certifiable book hoarder.
Always looking to try something new, she dreams of being an extra in a Bollywood film, or a tattoo artist. (Her lack of rhythm and artistic ability may put a damper on both of these dreams.)
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