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Friday, February 27, 2009

Warrior’s Rise by Brieanna Robertson

Warrior’s Rise by Brieanna Robertson
Publisher: Forbidden Publications
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Snapdragon

Logan Savage is a man’s man. His idea of a good time has never included watching over and entertaining a bunch of kids at a summer camp. Especially when that camp happens to be full of kids with a love for mythology and medieval fantasy. In other words—a bunch of geeks. Unfortunately, in order to avoid a jail sentence for assaulting a cop, that’s exactly what he has to do. Head counselor and owner of the camp, Willow Avaris, is a nice surprise. Beautiful, fiery and sexy… Too bad she loathes his very existence. Plus, the kids are making his life a living nightmare. Could the summer get any worse?

Bravery and strength were things Logan always thought he had in spades, but as the summer goes on, and strange, surreal events take place around the camp, Logan is forced to look within himself and figure out what’s important to him. It’s safe to remain the self absorbed, shallow man he’s always been, but can he find the courage to reach inside and embrace the true warrior he was destined to become?

Warrior’s Rise introduces playboy Logan, just as he’s finally going to have to answer for some past misdeeds. He’s far from contrite however; in fact, he’s so busy trying to catch the eye of the super-hot court bailiff, he barely takes note of his sentence. Even his sister’s comments about growing up don’t phase him, but they do provide a clue for the reader.

Obnoxious he might be, but handsome, sexy and funny make up for a lot; or they do for most. Logan’s magical charisma does not land well with the big boss at one very unusual summer camp. Lovely Willow makes it clear she knows exactly what he is, and doesn’t need to know him any better. The interaction between Willow and Logan is simply wonderful; all attitude, snappy dialogue; you’ll grit your teeth in frustration one moment, and laugh out loud the next. There is so much potential there; there is so much sexual tension there! Wonderful – Robertson has totally outdone herself with these two characters. Or so I thought: The kids at Fantasy Camp are simply fantastic.

Of the ‘campers’, Darien is the special standout, the ‘say it like it is’ kid; but in truth, Aki, Colt and all the others form a wonderful, entwined secondary story. Their characters are incredibly plausible, often funny, but easy to believe in, every minute. And, the strength of all the character’s in Warrior’s Rise make the unexpected events easier to believe in.

Not that challenging events make life easier for Logan! Fun and unexpected twists arise from Logan’s interaction with the kids (talk about a love/hate relationship!) The kids are while unforgiving at first, but surprisingly honest. And; unexpectedly needy. The true Logan – a real man – begins to shine through the laughing, uncaring front he projects. He might just find what really matters…

A fun and speedy read, Warrior’s Rise gets 4 books.