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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wicked Road To Hell by Juliana Stone

Wicked Road To Hell by Juliana Stone
Publisher: Avon
Genre Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (384 pages)
Heat Level: hot
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

With the legions of the underworld gathering and chaos close at hand, Sorcerer Declan O’Hara’s deadly skills will be tested. But nothing will sway him from his duty…

Rescued from eternal darkness, vampire Ana DeLacrux owes her life to a mysterious stranger who asks for only one thing—her absolute allegiance. She serves this master without question until Declan, the one man who can make her forget her vow, returns. His magic is stronger, darker…more compelling than ever. His blood awakens a hunger she must resist, or risk deadly consequences.

As Ana and Declan join forces, the streets of New Orleans become a dangerous place for both humans and the otherworld. And the most dangerous place of all is a road Declan’s traveled before…the wicked road to hell.

Vampires and demons and magic, oh my! If you couldn't get enough of the remarkable world that author Juliana Stone created with the jaguar books, then fear not! Wicked Road to Hell is the beginning of a spin off from those previous books, and it is darker, sexier and more enchanting than before.

Those who have read the books from the jaguar series may remember Ana, the vampire. Here she is front and center for her own story feature. She's been to hell and back (literally, and all the while I kept humming the music from a Rodney Atkins country song: If You're Going Through Hell) Even without the fact that she's a vampire, Ana is fierce, mighty and tough. She's a heroine that I wouldn't want to cross. The type of woman you'd want on your side if things were to ever be troublesome. Despite the rough edges, though, Ana does have a good heart and is willing to help. The sparks surely fly when she's around Declan, that's for sure.

Declan is also another previous character getting his own story. What a surprise for him when he sees Ana after thinking she's dead and gone. He doesn't want to leave her side, but situations occur that test the boundaries and limits for the pair. He is not of her kind, and that alone causes mishap. But it doesn't stop there at all. Declan is also a strong character. He's a hero to swoon over. He takes many risks, but he's a fighter and believer in his causes.

The world in the League of Guardians is impressive. I like how the author created it, and there are many paranormal creatures that are a part of it. So far I have only read the first book in the jaguar series, and I felt like I was missing a lot of things that must have happened in book two and three. So if you're the kind that reads series in order, then before reading Wicked Road to Hell, you may want to read His Darkest Hunger, His Darkest Embrace, and His Darkest Salvation.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. The plot is filled with adventure, the love scenes are hot and filled with sexual tension. I won't hesitate to pick up more books from this paranormal author. If you enjoy darker romances set in contemporary times, then be sure to keep Ms. Stone on your list.