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Posted October 4, 2013
When I first started reading romance novels, I was a strictly p
When I first started reading romance novels, I was a strictly paranormal romance girl. Once I read Fifty Shades of Grey, I transitioned into more of the contemporary/new adult romance genre, but it’s books like “Cursed” that help me to remember what I love about PNR in the first place.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In Cursed, we meet Bruno. He is a creation of Leonardo Divinci, a chimera, who only comes out for 10 days a year to be among people during Carnevale in Venice. He’s lonely, obviously, and from the beginning I felt a real pull and sympathy for his character. He’s kind of been cursed to a life that he didn’t want, and now must suffer. This year, however, he meets Melina. She’s a scientist and uses Carnevale as her own escape from reality, where she can throw off her stuffy and uptight self and let loose for a few days as a fire dancer (note to self: learn to fire dance…quite a hobby). When they meet, it stirs something inside for both of them. Melina feels drawn to Bruno, and Bruno’s animal instincts kick in, urging him to claim her for his own. Oh…and does he claim. There’s romance, sex, mystery, adventure…it’s enchanting.
What I liked most about this book was the tone. The storytelling, the setting, the characters, the plot…they all set this dark, mysterious and captivating tone for the book. The way the entire story is told is very sensual. You feel the electricity, longing and heat between Melina and Bruno, and the mystery of the air of Venice during Carnevale. The writing transports you there, which is what any good storyteller should be able to do. I was honestly blown away by this story. It’s short, but doesn’t leave you feeling unsatisfied. I really hope that this is the beginning of an entire series, because I want to go back to this world as soon as possible. I highly recommend you visit, you won’t regret it. 4.5 stars.
Review provided by Sara at Crystal's Many Reviewers
Posted September 20, 2013
A proper name for this excellent read. I received this book from
A proper name for this excellent read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I received this book from the touring host for an honest review.
A fast paced and quick read that I read in one sitting. We are taken into the world of genetic science and mystic. Corrupt politicians and scientist and a beautiful sorceress that wants her own way. Two people, so opposite from each other met the first night of the Carnevale in Venice, and immediately you could feel the scorching passion ignites as their eyes locked. Filled with mystery and romance you quickly learn that the masked man is not whom he seems to be. I loved the way that the author took real historical figures and brought them to the story line to give you more of a reality feel to the plot. The reason for the name of the series.
Our heroine an ordinary woman, turned into a seductress and literally played with fire, but at the end we learned more about her feisty side, determined to help the man trapped in the clutches of magic. Bruno's only wish to be accepted as he is finds a woman made for him, and together they not only scorched the sheets but brought to light the evil lurking in normal everyday life.
An entertaining paranormal story that will keep you guessing till the very last page.
Posted September 8, 2013
Intriguing Mix of History & Romance in a Unique Paranormal Story
Cate Masters series starter Cursed is a unique blend of historical facts and paranormal elements that nicely combine in an action-packed romantic story that lays the groundwork for what promises to be a memorable series. Though this story wraps up nicely it still leaves plenty of questions unanswered that will have readers clamoring for more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Bruno's life has been one of loneliness ever since the day Leonardo daVinci used the black arts to condemn him to living as a chimera. For ten days every year he comes out of the darkness to find a brief moment of affection before returning to his underground lair. All his previous interactions were of a fleeting nature but this year he finds the one woman who incites possession and jealousy in him and has his animal side demanding to claim her. In order to have a future with her though he'll have to keep her safe from the nefarious scientist wanting to use her knowledge for their gain in the creation of an unstoppable soldier. That's not the only roadblock to their HEA as Bruno decides to undergo a ritual that will attempt to undo what was once done to him, but with a vengeful ex-lover in charge there's no guarantee he'll make it out alive.
Melina's life has been devoted to her scientific work except for the few days she's set aside to act in an uninhibited way. Carnevale gives her the opportunity to leave her staid life behind and jump at the chance to romance the mysteriously sexy man with sadness in his eyes. Even as he tries to hide what he's become Melina sees past the monster to the caring and loving man beneath, the man who would do anything to make her happy. To save him, and others whom the government plans to manipulate, she'll put her life on the line in effort to bring very bad men to justice. But just when their HEA seems within reach a jealous woman's plan might end their romance before it barely starts.
Bruno is a delightful hero who's caring while being mysterious and brooding. He's tired of being alone but scared of being turned away because of his looks and his time with Melina makes for a gut-wrenching romance. Melina is a worthy heroine though she sometimes does things that make her TSTL (too stupid to live). Thank heavens she has Bruno to keep saving her! Not only are her actions silly at times, so too are the villains who appear bumbling and over the top dramatic throughout the story. The scientific plot is intriguing though and I wish it had been dealt with more here but it definitely has me excited for future installments as there are men out there who've been experimented on with outcomes that appear precarious. The romance is hot and immensely satisfying and is nicely balanced with a storyline that keeps you guessing and has me counting down the days until the next installment of this series. Ms. Masters has created a story that will entice fans of the paranormal and fantasy genre and I recommend readers give this short story a chance.