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Monday, February 22, 2010

Black Legacy by Juliana Stone

Black Legacy by Juliana Stone
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (35 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Cholla

She’ll make sure he survives the night…even if it costs her heart.

Black Opals, Book 1

Frankie Black is a woman in need of a mission. For a Black Opal—a warrior woman who shifts backward or forward through time in order to, well, save the world—the last six months of downtime have left her bored. Restless. And with a feeling that something is about to hit the fan.

Finally, an assignment: save the life of Dekkar James, an infamous rock god living three hundred years in the past. Tattooed, ruggedly handsome and perfectly imperfect, one look at him and it’s as if her sleeping body springs to life.

One minute Dekkar is having the most mind-blowing sex of his life. The next, goons are breaking down his door, and he’s on the run with a woman who turns from lover to warrior in the blink of an eye.

Dealing with the New Order, operatives who manipulate time without regard for the consequences, is nothing new for Frankie. But this time their tactics have a more personal edge—they’ve found a way to seek out the Opals’ predestined mates.

Unless she can save Dekkar’s life, her future will be the first casualty in a battle for the fate of humankind.

Gallivanting about through time is just one of the perks of being a Black Opal. And Frankie loves nothing better than a good mission. However, she’s about to embark on the mission of a lifetime – she’s got to save her predestined mate before the New Order gets a hold of him first.

Frankie is a total throwback – from her antique Harley Davidson motorcycle to her vintage wardrobe. Time traveling is the perfect job for her since she gets to live in and experience the different eras in the past. I love that she’s into vintage vehicles and clothes, it’s something I can relate to completely. It also makes her more likely to fit in when she travels backwards in time. She’s free spirited and independent, unconcerned with what others think or believe. Her attitude works perfectly for the type of job she is constantly asked to perform.

Dekkar is a man of the times, three hundred years in the past anyway. As the world’s hottest rock god, he’s the object of every woman’s affection and yet, he’s distanced himself from it all. Until he meets Frankie, that is. She affects him in a way no woman has before, and for good reason. She’s his perfect mate – or as Frankie puts it, perfectly imperfect. The fact that she understands and embraces the fact that neither of them are perfect makes for a much more realistic story to come.

My only complaint is the rather abrupt ending. However, I’d much rather have an abrupt ending, knowing a sequel is on its way than have the author contrive some kind of happy-for-now-but-wait-for-the-sequel ending that is only going to disappoint the reader. But don’t let my one little complaint keep you from picking up this otherwise fabulous book. If Black Legacy is any indication, then the Black Opals series is going to be a great one. Packed full of action and extremely hot interludes, you will not be disappointed.