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Throwback Thursday Review: Original Sin by Allison Brennan

Posted January 23, 2020 by Casee in Reviews | 3 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Original Sin by Allison BrennanReviewer: Casee
Original Sin by Allison Brennan
Series: The Seven Deadly Sins #1
Publisher: Ballantine
Publication Date: January 26, 2010
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 453
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Series Rating: four-stars

Haunted by chilling memories of demonic possession and murder, Moira O'Donnell has spent seven years hunting down her mother, Fiona, whose command of black magic has granted her unprecedented control of the underworld. Now Moira's global search has led her to a small California town that's about to become hell on earth.

Tormented by his own terrifying past and driven by powers he can't explain, ex-seminarian Rafe Cooper joins Moira's dangerous quest. But Fiona is one devilish step ahead. Hungry for greater power, eternal youth, and stunning beauty, the sorceress is unleashing upon the mortal world the living incarnations of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Together with a demonologist, a tough female sheriff, and a pair of star-crossed teenagers, Moira and Rafe are humanity's last chance to snatch salvation from the howling jaws of damnation.

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This review was originally posted on January 25, 2010.

Why fix it if it’s not broken? That’s the question I wanted to ask Allison Brennan when I read the blurb for this book. She writes great romantic suspense, so why mess with a good thing, right? Then I read her acknowledgments that mentioned Buffy, Supernatural, and Veronica Mars all in the same sentence. With that one sentence, my faith was restored and I finished this book in one day.

I didn’t read the What You Can’t See anthology with has the prequel to the series. I didn’t really feel that I missed anything. What made this book so good was the heroine. Moira O’Donnell is a witch. She hasn’t used magic since her mother possessed her and forced her to kill her lover. Since that day, Moira has made it her mission to stop her mother. Fiona is a witch of powerful dark magic. Stopping Fiona without magic will take every ounce of strength and courage that she has.

In a ritual that will give Fiona control of the seven deadly sins, she is interrupted by Raphael Cooper. This is the only time I thought reading the prequel would be helpful. There’s obviously a back story with Rafe, but I think that Brennan did a good job of filling in the gaps. Rafe stops the ritual and saves a young girl’s life. Fiona loses control of the seven deadly sins and they are now free to roam the world.

Fiona is livid, especially when she realizes that Moira is in town. They have the battle to end all battles, yet they both live to fight another day. Original Sin is the start to what promises to be an amazing paranormal series. I like how the world was created that clearly showed similarities to Supernatural, but not too many similarities.

I’m pretty sure that Moira will be on my list of top five heroines of 2010. She’s the good. She knows her weakness and doesn’t lie to herself or anyone else. She takes blame that is hers instead of making excuses. She’s strong and independent but will admit when she needs help.

The romance between Moira and Rafe just barely developed in this book. The potential is definitely there. So far, this is the best book I’ve read in 2010.

4.25 out of 5

This book is available from Ballantine. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: The Duke’s Night of Sin by Kathryn Caskie.

Posted January 5, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

Rowena’s review of The Duke’s Night of Sin (The Seven Deadly Sins, Book 3) by Kathryn Caskie.

Hero: Sebastian, Duke of Exeter
Heroine: Lady Suisan Sinclair

The “Seven Deadly Sins” lived for scandal and delighted in disgrace, but now they must repent—in marriage!

A sin he cannot forget

The Duke of Exeter knows it’s time to find a bride, and he’s determined to locate the passionate minx who enticed him in a pitch-black library. But how can you find someone you’ve never really seen? Then, while supervising his young ward’s education, he is irresistibly attracted to her exquisite new teacher. He keeps wondering if they’ve met somewhere before, never suspecting she’s the woman he’s never forgotten after his one night of sin.

A wicked secret

As a beloved instructress at an exclusive school for young ladies, Lady Siusan Sinclair is a model of deportment. But no one knows her secret—that she fled London for Bath, her reputation on the verge of tatters, her fortune lost. Still, no matter how hard she tries, she can’t forget the knee-weakening kiss of the man who led her astray . . .

This is the third book in the Seven Deadly Sins Series by Kathryn Caskie and it was pretty good. It’s not my favorite of the three books but it was still a good addition to a series that is shaping up pretty nicely. Of the seven deadly Sinclairs, this book follows Suisan Sinclair as she journeys her way to her happy ending.

Lady Suisan was one of the Sinclairs that I didn’t really think too much on throughout the other books. She was there but she wasn’t really on my radar but I did like her. Come to think about it, I like all of the Sinclairs…even the little sister that is such a jealous little shit. I will say that when this book starts and we start getting to know Suisan and her true nature, I was surprised because Suisan is a little fast thang. Especially to be living in those times…she sure did get down with her bad self.

The story starts out with Suisan and the younger sister (goodness I forgot her name already) at a ball and the younger sister calling dibs on the new duke of Exeter. Suisan is feeling down and out because it’s the anniversary of the death of her fiance, Simon and so being at a ball is getting to be a bit stuffy for her. She’s not in the mood to be around people and she could give two shits about the new duke so she rushes out to find some fresh air and finds herself in a darkened library (haha) and when a gentleman interrupts her peace and quiet, mistaking her for a prostitute, she just sort of lets him have his way with her.

Yeah, that’s exactly what I thought. WTF? Seriously?

After the deed is done, Suisan rushes from the room and the Duke realizes that the girl he just tumbled with in his libary was not the girl that he was supposed to meet but was in fact, a lady. A guest at his ball, in his home.

And he feels like ten kinds of shits.

He caught sight of her back as she’s running from the library and because sex has never been like that for him, he wants to make things right. He wants to find her, apologize and try to smoothe things over. But how in the world is he going to do all of that if he doesn’t know her name or even what her face looks like.

Suisan, on the other hand realizes that she needs to get hell out of Dodge before the new duke comes out and finds her so she tells her brothers and sisters exactly what she did and they flee the scene.

Talk about unity. There was no judging from her brothers and sisters, they just all up and left with a quickness that was admirable and that was probably my favorite thing about this family and this series. The united front that the Sinclair brothers and sisters show for everyone. It’s not just for show. It’s for real and it’s too cute. I love that they all have each other’s back no matter what the other has done.

Suisan flees London and hides out in Bath, becoming a teacher at an all girl’s school just until Exeter returns to his country estate after the season. Things were going remarkably well for her (or as well as the horse face head mistress would allow) until things weren’t going well for her and it made for some interesting reading.

Suisan is hiding from the man who shows up to check on his ward, who is a student at the school that Suisan is teaching at and she doesn’t even know it. It is while he’s checking up on his niece that Suisan and him fall in love. Their love story was slow to build but in the end, I was glad that I read this book. Both Sebastian and Suisan were not the most perfect of characters, each of them making a fair amount of mistakes before getting it right but alls well that ends well.

I enjoyed reading their story and I enjoyed finding out who’s book is next and I’m anxious for that story to come out already. I’m a fan of the Sinclair family and am always looking for more. If you’re a fan of this series than you’ll enjoy this book. It’s a likable story about two people coming together in love and sticking it out when things get rough.

Grade: 3 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: The Taking by Erin McCarthy.

Posted March 5, 2010 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Rowena’s review of The Taking by Erin McCarthy.

Hero: Felix Leblanc
Heroine: Regan Henry

Heiress Regan Henry knows that passion can be an illusion, and she keeps her emotions in check-until she falls under the spell of the beguiling Felix LeBlanc. He knows that the rumors that her mansion is haunted are true, and that he’s the only one who can save her from the spirits residing there. But the only way he can do it is to sacrifice his last chance at redemption…or risk a love that could consign them both to an eternity of evil.

I’ve read but one book by Erin McCarthy and I highly enjoyed that so don’t ask me why I haven’t read anything further by her because I have no idea. The last book that I read by this author was Heiress for Hire. I really enjoyed that book but that book was a lot fluffier than this book. It was also a contemporary and this book was a paranormal that I highly enjoyed. Going into this book, I didn’t even know that this book was the third book in the Seven Deadly Sins series but that didn’t stop me from jumping right into the story.

Felix Leblanc makes a deal with a demon for a better life for him and his mother. His greed leads him to making a bunch of bad decisions and now he’s stuck in an immortal existence of serving the demon. Regan, on the other hand has just left her husband and she’s playing at being an independent person again. She buys this ginormous house in the french quarter that is haunted. There’s an unsettling presence in her house and she needs Felix’s help trying to figure out what to do about the ghost.

Watching these two come together and watching Felix fight his attraction to Regan made for some really good reading. Felix didn’t want to fall for Regan but did anyway and I ate it all up. I enjoyed reading about Felix’s past and I enjoyed that he wasn’t always so perfect. I love heroes that aren’t cookie cutter heroes and Felix isn’t. He was led by greed at one point in his life and seeing the growth in him over the course of his immortal life was great. I really enjoyed Felix’s character and I totally wanted to do him! I never thought that I’d be interested in anyone remotely associated with voodoo but Felix sure did do it for me. He was yummy!

Regan on the other hand was just “meh” to me. I respected that she left her loser of a husband because I did not like him at the Christmas party at the beginning of the book. I respected that she was independent but it’s so easy to be independent with a trust fund to buy a ginormous house and everything you’ll ever need. Her money wasn’t what made me not care for her, it was her character that I just didn’t care for. There wasn’t anything about her that made me think, wow what a great heroine so, she was just okay to me. She was too nice, not enough spice? I don’t know, she was just forgettable.

But despite my not being wowed by Regan, I still enjoyed this story. I thought it was a great introduction to the paranormal stories that McCarthy is writing and I am really interested in reading more from McCarthy because of this book. Definitely recommendable. I’m glad that I read this book and what’s even funner is that I don’t think you miss much by not reading the other books but still, I want to read them!

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: The Most Wicked of Sins by Kathryn Caskie.

Posted October 21, 2009 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper Collins

Rowena’s review of The Most Wicked of Sins (The Seven Deadly Sins, Book 2) by Kathryn Caskie.

Hero: Dominic Sheridan
Heroine: Ivy Sinclair
Grade: 4 out of 5

They are the “Seven Deadly sins” – the seven Sinclair brothers and sisters who live for scandal and delight in disgrace…until their father decrees that they must marry in haste …or regret in poverty! Lady Ivy Sinclair can’t live without funds much longer, so she vows to land a sensible husband her father will accept. But just when the gentlemen is about to pop the question, another woman snatches away his attentions. Furious, Ivy hatches a plan–make him jealous by hiring a handsome man to impersonate a marquess–a marquess who happens to be madly in love with her. The moment Ivy boldly kisses Dominic Sheridan- to test his fitness for the task at hand- she’s sure he’s perfect. What Ivy doesn’t know is that the blue-eyed rake isn’t acting at all, but is intent on seducing her into committing the most wicked of sins.

I read and enjoyed the first book in this series, To Sin with a Stranger and I really enjoyed it so I had high hopes for this book and I’m happy to say that Kathryn Caskie didn’t disappoint. I’m in a bit of a historical frenzy right now as most of the books that I’m picking up are of the historical sort and this book was cute.

I wasn’t sure I’d like Ivy since I didn’t care for her at all in Stirling’s book but Caskie did a great job of redeeming Ivy and I ended up liking her.

At the start of the book, Ivy receives a letter from her father and in the letter, he tells her how she’s the biggest disappointment to him with her behavior around town and if she doesn’t clean up her act soon, she’ll be disowned without a shilling to her name. She must secure a betrothal with Tinsdale to get on his good side and she better get it done before he gets there in thirty days. To say that Ivy was surprised is putting it mildly, she was shocked and she was scared. Tinsdale was paying lots of attention on her so she didn’t think it’d be too hard to win his favor and secure a marriage proposal only things go awry when Miss Feeney from Ireland shows up and snags Tinsdale’s attention and dashing all of Ivy’s hopes.

Ivy’s deadly sin is Envy and she concocts a plan that will snare Tinsdale’s favor back to her and the lengths that she goes to put this plan into effect is hilarious. You can’t hold Ivy Sinclair down, she’ll take you out and do whatever it takes to get what she wants and Lord Tinsdale is what she wants…or is it?

She hires Dominic Sheridan to pose as Lord Counterton and he is to dote on her and pretend to be in love with her so that Lord Tinsdale will come crawling back to her. It’s the perfect plan only it backfires on her when instead of wanting to be with Lord Tinsdale, she wants to be with Nick. A whole lot of drama ensues and Caskie does a great job of entertaining the reader and making the reader want more from the different characters. For me, I wanted to see more Grant and Lachlan. I’m also pretty anxious for Siusan’s book which is next up.

Nick was a hottie and I ate every page up that he was on. His relationship with his cousin was a riot and his interactions with Ivy had me laughing right along. At the end when the truth comes out, I thought that was a bit rushed but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.

I thought this book was well written, it was written to entertain and I was certainly entertained. There were a few places in the book where it dragged a bit but for the most part, it was a pretty solid historical read. I definitely recommend this book to historical lovers and fans of Caskie’s work won’t disappointed.

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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