Series: The League of the Black Swan
Published by Berkley on May 7, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Personally Purchased
New York Times bestselling author of the Warriors of Poseidon series Alyssa Day returns with a thrilling new series of paranormal romance and a heated battle between good and evil fought to the death on the streets of New York…
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 P.I. 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 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 going to take everything they have just to stay alive.
Alyssa Day’s newest addition to Paranormal Romance is The Cursed. The Cursed is the first book in The League of the Black Swan Series. Reviewing the first book in a new series is always a challenge for me. Everything is not always explained and sometimes aspects of the story can feel incomplete….because they can be filled in later. Many of my reservations about not being completely fulfilled with the story – I think – is due to this “first book” syndrome.
I did fully enjoy this new world with its HUGE array of folk and myth inspired creatures. The world placement was pretty clear and well defined. Many of the secondary characters are unforgettable and fantastic. So, why didn’t The Cursed work for me completely? I think a big part of it is simple – visualization. Normally the author describes and prepares an image of what each character looks like and your imagination runs with it. I just could not visualize Luke. Yes, it was repeated that he was hawt. However, that was not enough to go on. This seemed to have effected the chemistry (for me) between Luke and Rio. I just couldn’t see him through Rio’s eyes and I felt disconnected from the passion between them. However, that is my main complaint and not one I ever expected to have when I began The Cursed.
All of the characters were distinct and I enjoyed the variety of personalities and humor. Rio was a great lead female character. She was witty and fun – I really enjoyed the way she things! All in all it was an interesting read with the beginnings of something great.
The Book Club Talk
I was not alone the visualization of Luke. All of us in the book club meeting felt we could not picture Luke…and we really did want to! All in all it seems like the dislikes were fairly minimal and the likes were the same as above. Everyone that read the book commented on the beginning and how much everyone enjoyed being thrown into the story. Apparently none of us knew the significance of Luke’s mother and we actually looked it up the club. So – we all suck at history apparently.
I rate The Cursed 4 out of 5 Bullets
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