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Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Valkyrie by Mandy M. Roth

The Valkyrie by Mandy M. Roth
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (135 Pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Resurrection’s a bitch.

Valkyrie, Book 1

For Valerie Falkyr, “Who am I?” isn’t the only unanswered question. It’s where she was before she woke up four years ago. All she knows is she has one best friend. And Payton, the doctor she trusts with the shreds of her life.

Just as her relationship with Payton starts to heat up and Valerie begins to reach out for something like a normal life, a series of bizarre and unexplainable events begins pummeling her from all sides. Leaving her with a new question to add to the list: “What am I?”

Magical abilities she didn’t know she possessed are emerging. And dreams of a former life she doesn’t want to remember leave her in a cold sweat.

As darkness descends and old enemies resurface, Valerie finds herself caught in a dark, bloodthirsty world with no way out. Her only defense—Lucha, Gregory and Kerr, three not-quite-human lovers from her inked-out past.

The only question left is whether she will survive long enough to remember which one loved her most…

Imagine waking up in a hospital bed, with no memory of who you are. This is what happened to Valerie Falkyr five years ago. She has accepted that she may never remember any more than the past five years, and that is fine with her. She has friends, a steady income that she doesn’t question, and is embarking on a possible relationship with Dr. Payton Sullivan. But things change for Valerie in the blink of a eye, when she discovers that the things that go bump in the night are all too real. When Payton tells her that she should never have survived the injuries that brought her to his attention five years ago, the big question comes up. Who is Valerie Falkyr? A better question might be what is Valerie Falkyr?

Mandy M. Roth has written a compelling story, one that held my attention from the first page. Her characters have such life, such energy that you can’t help but get drawn into the story. Valerie is a strong woman, not overly curious as to her origins. When strange things begin to happen, she tries at first to explain them away. Before long, she starts to question how she knows things, and how she can do things. Payton is the handsome and caring doctor who has fallen in love with her, not knowing that danger follows Valerie. As the story unfolds, Valerie meets men who were important to her in her past: a past much more distant than she realizes.

There’s Gregorios (aka Gregory Douglas), an ancient Roman soldier who loved and sort of lost her centuries ago, but has watched over her since she reappeared. Then there’s Lucha, an elder vampire who was also in love with her. Of course, both Gregorios and Lucha are gorgeous and sexy, and slowly, Valerie regains her memories of her past, both the good and the bad. The world Ms. Roth has built her is one that captivates the senses, but is very real in many ways.

The action is fast, furious and filled with passion and sometimes with violence. If you want a sweet happy ever after, pass this one by. But if you are interested in great action, with some gorgeous guys and mysterious twists on the way to a happy for now for Valerie, this is the book for you. Which hot guy does she end up with, you ask? Sorry, you have to read the book for that answer.