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Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review: Demon's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood #1)

Demon's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood #1)
by Alexa Egan

She holds the key . . .
One of the mythical race of shape-shifting Imnada and a member of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery suffers under a ruthless curse. As the result of a savage massacre on the eve of Waterloo, he and the men he served with are forced to live the hours of darkness trapped as their animal aspects. Now one of them has been murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada may finally have been discovered. His only link to unearthing the truth—Bianca Parrino, the beautiful actress whom every man desires.

. . . to his forbidden desires
Forging a new life for herself after escaping the clutches of her abusive husband, Bianca is again drawn into violence when a dear friend is brutally murdered and she becomes a suspect. Forced to place her trust and her life in Mac’s hands as they flee a determined killer, Bianca cannot deny she is falling for the mysterious soldier. But will his dark secrets tear them asunder? Or will love be the key to breaking even the cruelest of spells?

Mac Flannery is in trouble. A lot of it. As a member of an elite military unit, he's used to having to fight for survival and is good at what he does. However, when night falls he is forced to shift into his animal form. He is an Imnada, a member of a shape shifting race who's survival depends on secrecy. Cast out of their clans after he and his friends are cursed by a Fae, Mac becomes a loner. When one of his cursed friends is murdered, Mac begins a quest for answers that lead him to Bianca Parrino, an actress with secrets of her own.

Bianca can't seem to run from her violent past fast enough, but just when she thinks she's found a safe haven, her friend is murdered and she finds herself the suspect in his murder, then later she is caught up in a war between the Imnada and the Fae. It's enough to break a woman, but not Bianca. She's tough, stubborn and brave, just the type of woman a man like Mac needs. The attraction between the two is almost instantaneous but it takes a while to develop, all the while creating some serious sexual tension.

Demon's Curse is packed with details, action, suspense, mystery, and of course, romance. Author Alexa Egan made sure that the story had enough details to capture the reader's attention and created vivid scenes without slowing down the pace of the story. Her hero is an unwilling and tarnished knight trying to save the  beautiful damsel from the clutches of evil, while the damsel does some  fighting of her own and isn't as demure as she might seem.
There is so much magic and shape shifting going on that at times I forgot that Demon's Curse is actually a historical paranormal romance and not just a paranormal romance. Readers who shy away from historical romance shouldn't pass this book up, and fans of paranormal romance will love the heavy paranormal element.
My only issue with Demon's Curse was the number of characters who were in and out of scenes throughout the whole book. There are almost too many to keep track of and that could confuse readers or turn them off completely. At times I had to stop and take notes to make sure I didn't confuse characters. Sometimes these interesting but largely superfluous characters took too much attention away from Mac, Bianca and the problem at hand.
Overall, Alexa Egan did a good job of setting up her Imnada series. She created a solid world to place her characters in, giving them a powerful adversary that at times seemed to have them beaten and making sure she didn't skip out on the sexy chemistry between Mac and Bianca.

Be sure to check out Alexa's visit to the Alpha Male Diner, She shared her recipe of Captain Mac Flannery 

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Guest reviewer: Adria
Romance Reviews Among Wildlings

About the author:

Alexa Egan lives in Maryland with a husband who’s waiting impatiently for her fame and fortune to support them in a new and lavish lifestyle, three children for whom she serves as chauffeur, cook, nurse, social secretary, banker, and maid (not necessarily in that order), one cat, one dog … and twenty-seven fish. You can find her at her website on Facebook or on Twitter.


  1. The cover is gorgeous, and your review sure makes me want to read this series. Thanks Adria, more to add to my neverending wishlist :)

    1. Aurian, if you're anything like me then as soon as you read one book, 10 more take it's place. I've learned to just sit back and watch the list grow. I hope you have time to read this book soon!

  2. I have this one, but for some reason haven't been able to get into it~I may have to give it another try now.

  3. You never know, some things appeal some don't. Sometimes an author's voice just doesn't work for you.

  4. More for my TBR lists. Your covers are awesome.