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Monday, March 7, 2011

Cross-Stitch and Brimstone by Stephanie Beck

Cross-Stitch and Brimstone by Stephanie Beck
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (30 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Marc kills demons. While he doesn’t love it, he’s happy to do his job, keeping people safe and destroying the brethren of the demons who stole his human life.

Beth lives quietly, content to stitch her samplers and fancywork in an era she wasn’t born to but is magically destined to live through.

A late-night visit changes both Marc and Beth’s worlds, reuniting them after over a hundred years, long after their love affair ended tragically during the Civil War. Back together, the two must decide what their future holds as they battle the real threat—a demon with a bad case of rose envy.

Through time and space, I will find you and I will never let you go.

That’s the first thing to come to mind when I read this book. This is my first foray into the work of Stephanie Beck but it won’t be the last. Immediately I wanted to know more about the characters, and Ms. Beck’s writing style kept me right on course. I loved the idea behind this book and couldn’t wait to read it when I saw the blurb. I’m glad I did.

As much as I liked the story, I felt parts of it came a little too easy. I won’t give anything away, but there were times when I thought the tension could’ve been ramped up a bit. Now granted, this is a short story and things happen fast. Actually, that was fine. I liked the sweeping nature of the story. I guess I wanted more details. I wanted more of the whys and wheres of the tale. That being said, I still enjoyed reading this book.

Marc is a handsome hero and I could identify with his initial frustration. He didn’t want to go to Wisconsin—can’t say I blame him, it can be cold there—but hey, we’ve all got to take one for the team. Great stuff. And then there was Beth. She was a bit of an enigma to me, but I liked her. She knew her man, cared about her man, and would do anything for him. When these two find each other, it’s really hot!

If you want a short story guaranteed to sizzle, then you need to read Cross-Stitch and Brimstone. You won’t regret it!