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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Echoes Of Darkness by Victoria M. Noxon

Echoes Of Darkness by Victoria M. Noxon
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (300 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

An immortal warrior she should fear, but can’t deny...

Clairvoyant Elizabeth Forrester seeks refuge from the spirits that frequent her morgue. When a handsome corpse awakens in the midst of his autopsy, running is the last thing on her mind. Thrust into a sensual new world, she yearns for the magic of his touch.

An innocent woman he can never possess, but can’t refuse...

Cursed to an eternity of darkness, Fallon O’Callaghan is a warrior by nature, an outcast by choice. For 500 years, he has striven to atone for the one mistake he can never forget. When a beautiful psychic shatters the barriers around his heart, her face haunts him as much as his past.

But when an ancient evil threatens to destroy the world...

Bonded by blood and their new-found love, they are drawn into a world of darkness. Can they defeat their personal demons in time to save humanity?

It's just a routine autopsy for medical examiner Elizabeth Forrester. Well, until the corpse she's examining sits up and starts talking to her, that is. Whoa. Hold on. A corpse? Coming to life and talking? That sounds crazy, right? It only gets better. The now living corpse, Fallon, keeps saying that they are now both in danger. And this routine night keeps getting stranger as the minutes go by. Elizabeth is whisked on an adventure she never imagined possible. And Fallon, infuriating as the man is, has an affect on her that no one else has ever had.

Not that Elizabeth is ordinary herself. She's a clairvoyant. Still, that doesn't prepare her for the things that are coming her way now. Elizabeth is laugh out loud funny. She doesn't like to curse, and ends up using other words instead. For instance, she begins to use the four letter word starting with S, and it ends up coming out like this “Sh-sugar.” Once she even called Fallon a butt munch. What a trip! She's witty and sarcastic, but she's a strong heroine indeed.

Fallon, oh, Fallon. He's a hoot. He has a bit of charm, but he keeps his walls up so high. Then again, if you'd been through the things he had, I suppose that would do it. Fallon is 500 years old, and he's had his share of heartache, regret and loss. With Elizabeth, or “Lizzie” as he likes to call her, there is a strong bond that neither can explain. They can get into each other's heads (oh, that's just great! It makes for some interesting moments, for sure) and their dreams are intense, waking them both up in a cold sweat.

Echoes Of Darkness is a breath of fresh air in the saturated paranormal genre. It's a mix of gods and goddesses, clairvoyants, demons, and so much more. The author does an excellent job in the world building, and her characters are memorable and exciting. I found Fallon's speaking to be a little puzzling and confusing at times, because of course he's from Scotland 500 years ago, but it didn't tear me away from the story too much. Overall, Echoes of Darkness is enjoyable, adventurous, and witty.

If you enjoy a new spin on paranormal romances, I'd highly advise you not to miss Echoes of Darkness. Get swept away in it's powerful and fun story line, and hold on tight: you're in for a wild ride.