The Cursed

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Bordertown private investigator Luke Oliver's beat is the dimensional fold in Manhattan between the human and supernatural realms. But now a secret from his past—the League of the Black Swan—has surfaced. Because Luke isn't any ordinary PI. He's the Dark Wizard of Bordertown, and he never backs down from a fight.

But this time the fight threatens his life and his heart. Rio Jones, the only woman he's loved, needs his help against a deadly menace. Luke pushed her away once ...

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Overview

Bordertown private investigator Luke Oliver's beat is the dimensional fold in Manhattan between the human and supernatural realms. But now a secret from his past—the League of the Black Swan—has surfaced. Because Luke isn't any ordinary PI. He's the Dark Wizard of Bordertown, and he never backs down from a fight.

But this time the fight threatens his life and his heart. Rio Jones, the only woman he's loved, needs his help against a deadly menace. Luke pushed her away once before, so she'd never fall prey to the curse that threatens to destroy him. He swore he'd never let her go again.

Luke and Rio, with the help of the newly reformed League, must keep evil forces from taking over Bordertown—all the while battling a passion on the razor's edge between danger and desire. And it will take everything they have just to stay alive.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Day’s League of the Black Swan series kickoff is fun and imaginatively humorous but uneven. In the Borderlands, a city of magic “behind, beneath, and between the streets of Manhattan,” Rio Jones witnesses the kidnapping of a child and is subsequently targeted by supernatural thugs called Grendels. With the assistance of wizard Luke Oliver, the immortal cursed bastard son of Lucrezia Borgia and a famed hottie, Rio rescues the child but abruptly loses her job and home. Inexplicably, her solution is to join Luke in founding an investigative firm. As the rambling plot veers from crisis to crisis—battling a giant duck, rescuing a puppy—pop-culture references keep things light. As Rio’s 25th birthday nears, a diverse cast of demons, fae, and goblins take interest in her destiny and heritage while affirming her Mary Sue tendencies. Paranormal romance fans seeking lighter nonvampire, nonshifter fare will enjoy this promising new series. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (May)
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"Paranormal romance fans seeking lighter nonvampire, nonshifter fare will enjoy this promising new series." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452614953
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/8/2013
  • Series: League of the Black Swans Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Alyssa Day is the pen name of Alesia Holliday, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Warriors of Poseidon series, which includes Atlantis Awakening and Atlantis Unleashed.

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration and performance. Sands's characterizations are rich and expressive and her narrations evocative and intimate. She has also won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for her narration of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Must check it out!

    If you enjoyed the atlantis series you will enjoy this ! I am a fan of alyssa day. Cannot wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

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    The Cursed is the exciting first book in the new League of the B

    The Cursed is the exciting first book in the new League of the Black Swan series from Alyssa Day. 

    Rio Jones (Green, etc) is a bike messenger girl in the Bordertown (a realm between the supernatural world and Manhattan, NY). Did I mention that Rio can read people's thoughts? Now she finds herself in need of Luke Oliver's PI skills to rescue a young human girl kidnapped by something evil. Rio has had a crush on Luke Oliver but he has dismissed her advances until now...

    Luke Oliver is a PI in Bordertown, but behind the man is also a super powerful Dark Wizard. He recently received a message from the League of the Dark Swan with a picture of Rio Jones. He has kept his distance from Rio because she is the one person that could break his careful control. Now she is being threatened and the Dark Swan wants her. He will stop at nothing to protect Rio, even loose his soul.

    Explosive sexual chemistry and tender hearts are the building block of Rio and Luke’s relationship. Under the strength and power of our two main characters is deeply caring and genuinely good people. 

    Sporting a cast of enigmatic, witty and entertaining characters, The Cursed is a marvelous start to a "most follow" new series. 

    Written by: Alyssa Day
    Series: League of the Black Swan 
    Sequence in Series: Book 1
    Paperback: 304 pages
    Publisher: Berkley 
    Publication Date: May 7, 2013
    ISBN-10: 0425255778
    ISBN-13: 978-0425255773 
    Rating: 4 Stars
    Genre: Romance, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal
    Age Recommendation: Adult

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Associate Reviewer - Shawnie:

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Associate Reviewer - Shawnie:
    *eBook gifted by LITERAL ADDICTION in exchange for an honest review
        --Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

    The Cursed is set in a backdrop of New York City, Manhattan to be precise, but nothing is as it seems. Welcome to Bordertown.

    Luke Oliver is Bordertown's resident 'dark and mysterious wizard;, and has been trying to keep a low profile. Nobody can hide forever
    though, and the past has a way of catching up you; no matter who you are. 

    After having an interesting conversation with Maestro, an active member of the Order, in which he's given an envelope that contains a
    photograph of a young woman and nothing else, Luke is shaken; he knows the woman. He's seen her around his office building when
    she stops in to deliver packages, and he wants her like nothing else. Even though he's been trying to stay away from her and keep his
    feelings under wraps - for reasons he can never explain to her - he still feels like he knows her and things just don't add up. The
    burning question of the hour... Why does the League want the woman? And why do they want Luke, of all people, involved?

    Rio Jones - just one of the many names she uses as a shield to keep people at a distance - is an enigma. She's a 24 year old Bike
    Messenger in Bordertown, and her employer is a Siren. She didn't have an easy life, and from what Alyssa allows us to read in The
    Cursed, it's still not easy (sorry, no spoilers). After growing up in an orphanage run by a convent, Rio's got more scars and unanswered
    questions than she is willing to deal with, but it all comes out in the wash — or rather when she's twenty-four hours away from turning
    25.

    The book starts out simmering, and then explodes into an all out rat race as Rio and Luke try to figure out exactly what's going on, and
    determine why everyone wants Rio. 

    Turning twenty-five is significant in the supernatural world, but Rio doesn't think there is anything supernatural about her. Yeah, she can
    read minds, but that's nothing serious. Little does she know that things are about to get REAL serious, when two different factions
    basically start a war in their attempt to get her for themselves and keep her away from the other. 

    I have to say, I was hesitant with this book, but I'm glad I got the chance to read it. I can totally see myself reading the next installments
    of the series. The love story that paralleled the main storyline was great. Luke and Rio had to come to terms with themselves and each
    other, but once they did, they were all in. 

    My only complaint was that the book took awhile to get to where it was all going. All of the running around and the secrets/hints about
    who Rio really was, etc was annoying at times, yet hilarious at others.

    I give this 4 1/2 skulls, and absolutely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Welcome to Bordertown

    *eBook gifted by LITERAL ADDICTION in exchange for an honest review

    The Cursed is set in a backdrop of New York City, Manhattan to be precise, but nothing is as it seems. Welcome to Bordertown.

    Luke Oliver is Bordertown's resident 'dark and mysterious wizard;, and has been <i>trying</i> to keep a low profile. Nobody can hide forever though, and the past has a way of catching up you; no matter who you are.

    After having an interesting conversation with Maestro, an active member of the Order, in which he's given an envelope that contains a photograph of a young woman and nothing else, Luke is shaken; he knows the woman. He's seen her around his office building when she stops in to deliver packages, and he wants her like nothing else. Even though he's been trying to stay away from her and keep his feelings under wraps - for reasons he can never explain to her - he still feels like he knows her and things just don't add up. The burning question of the hour... Why does the League want the woman? And why do they want Luke, of all people, involved?

    Rio Jones - just one of the many names she uses as a shield to keep people at a distance - is an enigma. She's a 24 year old Bike Messenger in Bordertown, and her employer is a Siren. She didn't have an easy life, and from what Alyssa allows us to read in The Cursed, it's still not easy (sorry, no spoilers). After growing up in an orphanage run by a convent, Rio's got more scars and unanswered questions than she is willing to deal with, but it all comes out in the wash — or rather when she's twenty-four hours away from turning 25.

    The book starts out simmering, and then explodes into an all out rat race as Rio and Luke try to figure out exactly what's going on, and determine why everyone wants Rio.

    Turning twenty-five is significant in the supernatural world, but Rio doesn't think there is anything supernatural about her. Yeah, she can read minds, but that's nothing serious. Little does she know that things are about to get REAL serious, when two different factions basically start a war in their attempt to get her for themselves and keep her away from the other.

    I have to say, I was hesitant with this book, but I'm glad I got the chance to read it. I can totally see myself reading the next installments of the series. The love story that paralleled the main storyline was great. Luke and Rio had to come to terms with themselves and each other, but once they did, they were all in.

    My only complaint was that the book took awhile to get to where it was all going. All of the running around and the secrets/hints about who Rio really was, etc was annoying at times, yet hilarious at others.

    I give this 4 1/2 skulls, and absolutely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Different then her Poisedon Series but I liked it

    Bordertown is a rift in dimensions were humans, Fae, demons, and all sorts of other fantasy creatures comingle--maybe not peacefully, but not in constant war either. Luke is a immortal wizard related to the famous Borgias family who is a PI in bordertown. Rio is an orphan with telephathic powers that has her world turned upside down and inside out, with only Luke and Kit (her pet fox) to help her through the muck that has suddenly become her life.

    I liked it. Different than her Poisedon series, but I can easily see that it has potential. I look forward to the second book.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Good Story

    Different from her Poisedon series... I liked it! Look forward to her next story in this series.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    I enjoyed Rio and Luke's story but it didn't pull me in. Will r

    I enjoyed Rio and Luke's story but it didn't pull me in. Will read the next one to see how it goes. The world of Bodertown was done very well was hoping to find outwhat her powers consist now that she has them. Hope we find out in future books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Enjoyable

    Had a little of everything.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    A keeper

    Can't wait for the next.

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Pre

    ~Reviewed by ANN &amp; posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Prepared to be entertained, readers! Alyssa Day has a hot one on her hands! THE CURSED is a phenomenal start to what promises to be a stellar series! ~ Under the Covers

    In a brand new series that filled to the brim with unique and larger-than-life characters, Alyssa Day takes a lighter approach in regards to the personalities of her new leads and it is sure to make readers fall instantly in love with them.

    The very first line of this book aptly sets the tone for the whole book. Allow me to share it with you:


    “Getting stabbed is hell on the dry-cleaning bill.”

    That is said by the hero, Luke Oliver aka Lucian Olivieri aka The Dark Wizard of Bordertown. Here’s what you need to know about Luke… He is Bordertown’s private investigator and he has had dealings in the past with our heroine, Rio Jones (I adore her!). However, Luke was part of the League of the Black Swan and when he receives a picture of Rio one day, he knows that trouble is coming his way.

    Rio is also an interesting character. Not one to be pushed around, it’s so entertaining to see how circumstances bring Rio and Luke together. Luke has some dominant and possessive tendencies and with Rio as a strong and independent woman, maintaining the balance will be just one of the obstacles they have to overcome together.

    When Rio witnesses a kidnapping of a young halfing girl, she asks Luke to her help. Later, the plot all comes together and you’re really able to see Day’s skill as a writer. However, I do wish there was a little more in terms of the plot since a lot of it is spent on the romance and the hilarious antics between the characters.

    That being said, I also really, really loved the sarcastic quips and the hilarious banter that this book has. So I guess in a way, that makes up for it. For the entire book, I was smiling from ear-to-ear and didn’t really want it to end. Prepared to be entertained, readers! Alyssa Day has a hot one on her hands! THE CURSED is a phenomenal start to what promises to be a stellar series!

    Another great thing about this book is all the different supernatural creatures. You have grendals, fae, a freaking wizard and other interesting things. I am also very interested in Alice. Her appearances never failed to bring more laughter into the book.

    I am so excited for this series and am looking forward to where Day will take this series. With unique characters with rapier wit, THE CURSED is sure to make readers fall in love.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

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    I loved this book and want more. Rio was raised in a convent/orp

    I loved this book and want more.
    Rio was raised in a convent/orphanage and has managed to take care of herself just fine thank you. Things are strange in Bordertown where magic and other beings are normal. But as Rio approaches her 25th birthday things are weirder than normal and it all seems to be focused on her. She needs help and if it comes in the form of the super sexy wizard and private investigator Luke Oliver so much the better. Rio has had a crush on him forever but Luke has been hands off. He has his reasons and it isn't because he doesn't like her. Just the opposite in fact. But now he will do anything to keep her safe even at the peril of losing his soul. 
    I am a huge fan of Alyssa Day’s Warriors of Poseidon series so I had to snap up this first installment of her new series. I am thrilled that I did as this series may prove to be even better. There is a complex, imaginative world with endless possibilities. There are good guys, bad guys and guys you aren't sure about. And there is humor. Lots of humor. I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Ilona Andrews Edge series or Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series or anyone who likes action, adventure, romance, magic and a little spice. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    FAIRY TALE WIN!

    Day really delivers: if you like your fairy tales with suspense, hot romance and a happily ever after (for now)... what are you waiting for?

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    I am a big fan of Alyssa Day, as I loved her Warriors of Poseido

    I am a big fan of Alyssa Day, as I loved her Warriors of Poseidon series. With her new release, The Cursed, the first book in her new series, League of the Black Swan, I am thrilled to say that Alyssa has done it again. The Cursed, whereas totally different then WOTP, is a great start to a fantastic new series. Day has done a magnificent job on world building, which includes wonderful characters; the fictional town of Bordertown, a supernatural realm hidden in NY, with magic, and habited by wizards, paranormal beings, demons, grendels, goblins, immortals, and the Fae.

    The story begins with our heroine Rio Jones, who works as a bicycle messenger, who one night witnesses a kidnapping. Rio finds herself frightened, and runs to the one person who can help her find the kidnapped girl, not to mention protect Rio. Luke Oliver, is our hero, and someone all of Bordertown fears and respects; who is also a wizard.

    Right from the start, I loved Luke and Rio together, as they made such an awesome couple. Both have fought their attraction to each other for awhile, but helping Rio forces Luke to realize he cannot avoid her anymore. Their scenes together are hot, as well as having quite a bit of humor. The whole book had a lot of humor, and was fun, in between the tense battles. I did think a couple of the humorous scenes like a giant duck, pushed it a little, but nevertheless I totally loved this book.

    Without giving any spoilers, the crux of the story is Rio’s upcoming birthday, and why is everyone interested in that? Both Luke and Rio are stumped, but whatever it is, brings the unknown and possible danger to Rio. As the story heads to the climatic exciting ending, you can’t put the book down until you discover everything. Alyssa brought us some great lovable characters, Luke (so swoonworthy), Rio (super kickass heroine) , Kit (a fox, who is magical, different and an awesome cool character), and Alice ( the woman of many very funny faces). There are other interesting characters like Merelith, Chance, Maestro that maybe are not as nice, but interesting nevertheless. But it is Luke and Rio, whom you fall in love with (also Kit), and you will become totally invested in what happens to them, not to mention their hot sex scenes.

    I love the idea that Alyssa will bring all of them back, as the series will continue with Luke and Rio, and hopefully many of the wonderful characters we want to learn even more about. The Cursed is a wonderful start to a wonderful new series by Alyssa Day.

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