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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Break: An Angels and Demons Story by Tarra Blaize



Break: An Angels and Demons Story by Tarra Blaize
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (62 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Don’t bother looking for trouble. It’ll find you.

An Angels and Demons story.

Layla Roads’ life is a laundry list of irony. Trailer trash. High school dropout. Beautiful liar. Highly skilled computer hacker. And one additional, extraordinary gift: the ability to see the demons and angels engaged in a ferocious battle on the urban streets at night.

When kidnappers hold her brother, Layla finds herself up to her neck in a plot to bring down a powerful blood demon. A crude, sexual, violent demon who kills without flinching, pushes her buttons, and looks at her with too-knowing eyes. What’s worse is she feels an answering tug of desire.

It doesn’t take Gethin long to figure out he has a pretty traitor on his hands—and that she’s being blackmailed. As a lone human female her quest to save her brother is hopeless—just like the attraction between them. For even if Gethin helps her save all she holds dear, she can never be his…

Warning: Includes a devilish demon, a heroine caught between a rock and a hard place, several magical battles, and the steamy backseat of a car.

Break is an action packed and explosive thrill of a read. From the moment the story begins, you’ll get the heat, the suspense, and a whole lot of sexual tension. Author Tarra Blaize has created something that is short, hot, and devilishly sweet.

The story begins with our heroine, Layla. Blackmailed and forced to locate information in order to save her brother, she also finds herself in another spot of trouble she never anticipates. Her employer, the blood demon Gethin, is too sexy for his own good. Worse? Gethin won’t leave her alone, determined to have her in his arms and in his bed. She knows that the minute he learns of her betrayal he’ll leave her as dead as those escorted to his torture chamber in the basement of the building, but she has no other choice but to follow through with the agreement to keep her young sibling safe.

Shortly after Layla’s spying is revealed, the conflict truly begins. This, for me, was the best part of the story. There is so much emotional tension that you can hardly breathe and it makes for an exciting and fast paced read. Gethin, for all his might, truly cares for the mortal female that shuns him, even if he’s unsure what it is about her that draws him in. I loved their chemistry and wilted more than once as they clashed on the page and the temperature rose as a consequence. There was only one element I felt that was missing, which stemmed from the hope that eventually the reader would get to hear from Gethin and learn about the demon straight from the source. Unfortunately, this never occurred. While written in a third person narrative, Layla’s voice is the only one you are allowed to hear, and I couldn’t help but think the story would have been made so much stronger if Gethin was given time to shine.

Even with the above, I did enjoy Break and I’m certain demon enthusiasts will was well. The writing is fantastic and the characters are engaging. If you’re in the mood for something dark and sinful, this is exactly what you’re looking for.



1 comment:

Tarra said...

Thank you very much for the review, Fern! I'm delighted you enjoyed it and greatly appreciate the time you took to explain what worked for you and what didn't.