Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review: Love's Prophecy by Brenda Dyer

Publication Date: January 21, 2012
Publisher: Self
Genre: Paranormal Romance

The Blurb:

Dark warriors of might...
Mel is a vampire warrior sworn to hunt and kill demons in the dark streets of Vancouver. But he's burdened with a new assignment: find the meaning behind the Vampire Prophecy. Having no faith in the gods and their empty words, he believes there's no truth to the ancient legend until he meets Breeana, a human woman who bears the mark of the prophecy and resembles the mysterious woman haunting his dreams. When a vengeful demon spies Breeana in his arms, she is marked for death. He must take her from the world she knows until he can eliminate the threat. But the real danger is the role Breeana must play in fulfilling the prophecy and the intense feelings she brings out in him. Mel is forced to choose between his obligations to his kind, the world, and the woman he loves. Does he have the courage to let the one woman who could heal his wounded heart and soul go, or will he risk her life and bind her to him for all eternity?

Small warriors of light...
Veterinarian, Dr. Breeana Spencer yearns for love and companionship, but the disappointment of failed relationships has left her bitter. She now finds solace in romance novels. But when she meets a mysterious stranger, she's drawn to him by a connection so forceful it shatters all reason, leaving her incapable of resisting him. Yet there's more to him than smoldering good looks and a rock-hard body. As she's drawn deeper into his danger-filled world, she learns she's part of an ancient vampire legend. Breeana fears her future is no longer hers and will not include Mel. As their enemies close in, desperate to destroy them both, she must fight to convince Mel her place is at his side. A  life-altering choice is before her—one that will take all her courage and love to make. 

My Take:

Brenda Dyer writes with a fresh voice and an interesting and original take on vampires as we know them, which is extremely hard to do with so many vampire novels out there for sale nowadays. The pacing in this story will keep you turning each page and the sexual chemistry between Breeana and Mel is hot hot hot. 

Mel has a very sad and painful past that only adds to his overall character arc and you can really see him grow as a "person" throughout the story. Breeana was his anchor, she's strong, accepting, kind, and she loves to have fun and mess around.

There is a lot of action in the beginning and end of the story right down to the final battle which I loved, however toward the middle of the story the action died down a bit and I wish there had been more to it than just Mel and Breeana's relationship (even though that in itself is great) Their relationship did keep me turning the pages but I just wished there was more action leading up to the final battle even if it meant going into the POV of another character. Also at times, while the playfulness between Mel and Breeana was cute, it did feel a little overboard and bordered on a little too lovey-dovey and sometimes felt out of place such as in an emotional scene.

Overall though I don't feel that those couple complaints in the paragraph above don't outweigh the many attributes of the story. The relationships between Kal and Mel as "roommates" is great and fun, you can tell they're really friends and even "brothers." I love that Breeana won't take no as an answer from Mel, she refuses to be a pushover which is great because it doesn't let Mel's "alphaness" get too out of hand and I find that I can't wait to read the next installment when it's available. Brenda Dyer is definitely an author to watch out for and I look forward to reading more of her work. 

Also I want to make a note that this book is self-published and wanted to applaud the author as aside from a few typos (honestly less than I see from many big-named publishers) I didn't feel as though I were reading something self-published. The formatting was great, the flow was great and the whole story was very professionally done, which having seen many self-published disasters, was very refreshing. Bravo to you Brenda Dyer.

My Rating:

4/5 Lattes

All My Best,


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