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After a deadly storm tosses demon assassin Ryan O'Rourke into the Pacific Ocean, he washes ashore onto an unchartered island thriving with magic and evil. Ryan's hell-bent on returning to California's wasteland to battle the resurrected Fomorian demons plaguing the dwindling human race. But when he stumbles across the enchantress who tantalizes his dreams to the point of madness, his plans unravel. ...
After a deadly storm tosses demon assassin Ryan O'Rourke into the Pacific Ocean, he washes ashore onto an unchartered island thriving with magic and evil. Ryan's hell-bent on returning to California's wasteland to battle the resurrected Fomorian demons plaguing the dwindling human race. But when he stumbles across the enchantress who tantalizes his dreams to the point of madness, his plans unravel. She stirs in him a hunger that puts his life's purpose at risk . . . forcing him to dare the unthinkable and choose between duty and desire.
Morgan of the Druids, a powerful sorceress from medieval times, has magic coveted by both good and evil. Desperate to save a future post-apocalyptic world, sorcerers send Morgan through time to an island paradise to kill the long-imprisoned demon responsible for Earth's devastation. Only Morgan contains the perfect blend of magic and a bond to the fiercest demon assassin of the 21st century to destroy the demon . . . a bond as lethal as it is desirable to the dangerous man intruding upon her dreams.
With the demon lurking behind every tree, Morgan and Ryan will risk it all-even each other-in a perilous and shocking race to save the last humans on Earth.
Posted January 11, 2013
What a good read! Wicked Paradise captures your imagination from the beginning. Erin Richards is able to draw you into the story with her descriptive words and smooth writing style. Wicked Paradise’s use of time travel and magical fantasy is well done.
The characters, Morgan and Ryan, heat up the pages of Wicked Paradise. Morgan travels to the present and meets Ryan on an island where they are destined to kill Wind Wraith. By killing him, they will save the Druid's and begin to rebuild their race. Their immediate attraction made for some sexy scenes. They both struggle with accepting their destiny and the meaning of their attraction to each other. Will they complete their destiny? Are Morgan and Ryan meant to be together? No spoilers here. What I will tell you is their journey makes for an interesting, surprising, and entertaining read. I highly recommend this book! I rated Wicked Paradise 4 STARS!! I look forward to reading more books by Erin Richards.
Posted January 2, 2013
Fantastic Blend of Fantasy and Dystopian Romance
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for my fair and honest review. I rated this 4.5 Stars.
Avalon, the island of magic and mystery, is a key element in Erin Richard's lush time traveling tale of desire and betrayal Wicked Paradise. With well developed characters, descriptions that titillate the senses, and good dialogue grabbed my attention from the first page. A strange mix of fantasy, and dystopian romance, Ms. Richard's world building is well done. Adding in some with light erotic elements definitely makes this a unique romance read.
Seeing your own death is never pleasant, especially if your Morgan, one of the most powerful Druid priestesses of all time. Believing she has no future, Morgan is surprised when her father insists she accompany him to the magical stones on Avalon on her birthday. The day she's sure is her last. As her father tells her of a different future where she's responsible for the continuation of magic and mankind, Morgan finds herself transported into the future on Avalon with only the knowledge of the task she must complete - kill the WindWraith and survive to carry on her bloodline.
Ryan O'Roarke, a Druid assassin from the future, finds himself on Avalon with only one task - help a powerful sorceress complete her task. Determined to do his duty, Ryan never expected to be captivated by her beauty or tasked with saving her life and their joint future. Tasked with saving the future, will Ryan's skills be up to the task?
The scenes between Morgan and Ryan are entertaining, full of good dialogue and smoking hot chemistry. While they are both tasked with saving the future, their differences, keep them from completely trusting each other. I enjoyed how Ms. Richard's developed both Morgan and Ryan's characters; they both had to overcome their issues from their pasts in order to work together to accomplish their joint goal. As their adventures bring them together and they learn to trust each other.
The secondary characters were also well written and helped to move the story along. The setting, the island of Avalon, was well described and almost a character itself - it's easy to see why it's the ideal setting for this type of story. The antagonist of the story, the WindWraith, was also well done and clearly not a demon to be trifled with.
Will Morgan and Ryan accomplish their goal and find the love of a lifetime? How will what takes place on Avalon affect mankind's future? You'll have to read Wicked Paradise to find out. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Richard's work.
Posted September 13, 2012
What happens in Avalon doesn't necessarily stay in Avalon. Wicked Paradise is an imaginitive recasting of a beloved legend that transends both time and place, bringing two destined lovers together to complete a deadly task Merlin began centuries before.
Note: I received an advanced ARC of this book for review as a professional courtesy, though that fact has no bearing on my honest review.
Posted September 5, 2012
I love how Morgan and Ryan are stranded on a deserted, magical island. It really is lovely, if you don't count the bad guy that they need to defeat. The magic woven into the story is very interesting. It gets pretty steamy. Probably the most creative use of air magic I have ever read. ;) Wonderful combination of fantasy and romance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 13, 2012
Fall madly in love with an island in Wicked Paradise, by Erin Richards. Sensual and rich, this story draws you in with all senses on high alert to smells, tastes and textures until the island world becomes more real than your own. Morgan, last survivor of ancient Avalon and Ryan, transported from an apocalyptic future, believe in duty above love. Yet they can’t keep their hands off each other as magic and fate twine about them with an agenda all its own. Passion explodes off every page in this unique spin on Druid mythology and the epic Avalon legend. The story escalates into high drama and a cataclysmic battle against pure evil. Can Ryan and Morgan overcome their lack of trust in order to save the world? Erin Richard’s fanciful imagination brings this love story to life with exotic description and a storyteller’s charm. (Review by Pam B. Morris from a preview copy with no monetary compensation)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 13, 2012
With the pace of our rush away world, we tend to forget the pleasures of a story well told, languid in its unfolding, and rich in its depths. Wicked Paradise is such a tale. I was drawn in, deeper and deeper, until I could not put it down, appreciating Erin Richard's wonderful use of language, her lush imagery, and intense characterizations. This is a marvelous novel, brimming with imagination. Morgan and Ryan are heroic and passionate protagonists, who must find their way to each other, and to WindWraith, the evil demon they must overcome in a bid to save their mystical, shadow moon island - and, perhaps, the world at large. Ancient Avalon, Druid magic, time travel, twenty-first century post-apocalyptic ruin, high adventure, and romance! Kudos to Ms. Richard for mingling it all together and delivering a novel that entertains, surprises, and enthralls. I loved it! (The reviewer, Deborah O'Neill Cordes, received an ARC from the author with no monetary compensation and in return for an honest review).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2013
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