June 19, 2013
Review: Eve of Samhain
Title: Eve of Samhain (Hanaford Park #1)
Author: Lisa Sanchez
My Rating: 4.5 conch
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Summary from Goodreads: As a college senior and server at Hanaford Park's hottest nightclub, twenty-one year old Ryann Pierce's plan was simple: work hard, make lots of money, and avoid the ass-grabbers at all costs. What she never planned for was Quinn Donegan—the living, breathing advertisement for sinful behavior that waltzed into her life.
With an angelic face, a hard body and a butt-load of charm, Quinn had a way with the ladies—a lot of ladies. Cursed with a deadly, addictive touch, his trail of indiscretion blazed across five hundred years. Tired and jaded, Ryann is a shocking revelation Quinn didn't see coming.
Filled with desire, yet unable to touch one another, Ryann and Quinn embark on a daunting journey, battling frustrating physical limitations while exploring their new love. In a race against the clock, Ryann learns she must plead for Quinn's life before…the Eve of Samhain. Determined to end her lover's suffering, not even the danger dogging her every move can keep her from her mission
The Review: I really enjoyed this book. Right away I liked Ryann and her inner commentary on the bar patrons (so true!) Right away, I didn't like Quinn. An arrogant ass who uses girls and tosses them aside like nothing. However, I became a fan as the author slowly began to show his softer side and his fierce protectiveness over someone he never thought he could have. I liked the fae folklore although felt confused by the random Ryann-hunting demon. I think the pacing fit the story perfectly and I also really enjoyed meeting Martha and seeing her relationship with Ryann develop. In all, this was a solid read I couldn't put down and I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
The Good: Great characters whose emotions and feelings for each other evolve nicely through the story.
The Issue: I'm not sure I understand why there was a demon thrown into the mix - I don't know if it was necessary and thought perhaps there could be something more involved with the fae instead.
The Rating: 4.5 conch. A good paranormal romance with intriguing characters and new folklore.