"... fun, a little angsty, sometimes light, sometimes heavy and all the time amazing." - Craves the Angst
SERIES: Shadows of Regia #1
AUTHOR: Tenaya Jayne
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
RELEASE DATE: Sept. 29, 2017
PUBLISHER: Cold Fire Pub. LLC
PAGES: Approx. 404
COPY PROVIDED BY: Author
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RATING: 4 Stars!
CLIFFHANGER: Lead in to bk 2
Half vampire and wealthy playboy, Maddox lives his life in the public eye and thoroughly enjoys his bad reputation. But what most people believe of him is not who he really is. Life has always been easy for Maddox, but now a dark figure moves through the shadows slaughtering innocent young women, and the evidence points at him as his exes start turning up dead with his name carved into their skin.
Erin hates everything Maddox stands for and when her best friend becomes the most recent in the line of mysterious killings, she has no doubt the rich lothario is responsible. Torn by grief, Erin decides to take matters into her own hands and she will stop at nothing to make Maddox pay.
But when the two rivals finally come head to head, neither is prepared for the sparks that fly or the eternal bond that destiny weaves between their souls. Maddox is desperate to keep Erin by his side and prove to her his innocence. Erin would rather die than submit to being his destined life mate… And her death is just what the killer has in mind.
REVIEWER'S NOTE: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
4 “Fallen” Stars!
Fallen was amazing! I loved it! This was my first read by this author and as any reader knows, trying new authors can be a good experience or a not so good experience. Well, in this case, it was ALL GOOD! From the moment this book opens up, I was consumed. The story was creative, riveting and I NEEDED to turn the pages to see what happened next. The writing was incredibly well done and the characters immediately drew me in.
I’m hooked! Simple as that. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
Erin lost her mother at the tender age of twelve. Her father, having lost his fated mate, was drowning in heartbreak and suffering an unknown disease, leaving Erin to grow up way too fast in a world that didn’t always love halflings such as herself. On the night her mother died, a mysterious stranger leaves a condolence note, a rock imbued with comforting magic and some much needed money at her door. It was the first time Erin felt a true connection with someone ... even though she didn’t know who the giver was.
Seven years later, Erin is all grown up. Her father is close to taking his last breath and she fears an uncertain future. She still dreams about the shadow giver and still gets comfort from the gifts he left for her that night, so long ago. When her best friend catches the eye of a notorious womanizer and tabloid bad boy, then turns up dead, Erin is set on a mission to avenge her friend ... until fate steps in and changes the game!
Maddox is royalty, both in blood and in the world they live in. The media loves him, he’s popular, handsome and girls fawn all over him. Living up to the legacy his parents and his older sister have amassed is hard enough, but being used by the people he trusted and by a public who doesn’t really know him, has forced him to wear a mask of indifference. And he was okay with that until fate stepped in and he couldn’t get the one girl that was destined to be his.
I LOVED the way this story played out. Erin’s attitude towards Maddox was fun to read. She was sassy and vehemently opposed to being just another notch on his bedpost. And poor Maddox suffers, which was both exciting and painful to read. He’s had this whole life of privilege and notoriety going for him. He was used to getting what he wanted, until he couldn’t. Erin intrigued him, frustrated him and even hurt him ... all things he wasn’t used to. I enjoyed their interactions and their chemistry. The author did an incredible job with the intensity and the slow build to romance between them - a true enemies to lovers kind of story. They took their time getting to know one another, to find common ground and ultimately to care for one another. Maddox turned out to be the hero his family wanted him to be and Erin’s cold heart thawed and opened to the possibilities around her. And all the while, there’s this insidious mystery going on in the background, ready to destroy Maddox, his family, and Erin, the one girl he’d die to protect.
I enjoyed the sub-characters too! Fallen is a spin-off from another series by this author and I’m very much interested in reading those books so I can see these sub-characters stories from the beginning. But don’t get me wrong. It is a spin-off, but you don't HAVE to read the books in the other series to know what's going on. I just WANT to.
I wish there had been more to the ending. I wanted to see more of what the future held for Erin and Maddox. Erin’s path seemed pretty set. She had a job she loved, she was helping people and she’d found her fated mate. However, I wanted more of what was in store for Maddox. He discovered himself throughout the story and though his future was hinted at and you know he’ll be fine, I wanted a more definitive ending.
Maybe we’ll see them again in future books as side characters in this series. I hope so. I’m not ready to let them go yet, which is a testament to how much I enjoyed their story.
The Wrap Up:
Fallen was fun, a little angsty, sometimes light, sometimes heavy and all the time amazing. I’ve been needing a good PNR for a while and this one did nicely. I’m definitely a fan!
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