by Nina Mason
August 4, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Erotic Romance
Can these star-crossed lovers bridge two worlds?
British aristocrat Vanessa Bentley has beauty, fame, and fortune, but she gets no respect for her decision to become a paranormal investigator. Determined to prove the naysayers wrong, Vanessa ventures to the misty moors of Caithness, Scotland. There stands the immense Castle Barrogill, where a vampire is rumored to be stalking the dungeons—a vampire Vanessa is determined to find. She’ll just have to get past the resident shape-shifter…
Callum Lyon is the gorgeous reclusive astrologer and faery knight who guards the castle. For free-spirited Vanessa, seducing him proves to be easy. After all, he was once a breeding drone to a Queen. But astrologically, their differences are harder to overcome. Will Vanessa’s mission—and Callum’s secrets—be more than their burgeoning love can take? Or will flesh—and blood—win over the ghosts that haunt them both?
Callum Lyon is a special kind of super-fusion supernatural. As an escaped Knight of Avalon, Callum is an immortal vampire-like psychic shifter. And he’s also a Scottish Lord. One-time plaything drone of fabled Morgan Le Fay, Callum is living in present day Scotland and is famous for his lordship, good looks, and astrology expertise. When his star collides with socialite, turned paranormal investigator, Lady Vanessa Bently, Callum soon finds his loveless life of solitude remarkably changed.
I adored this book, the first in the Knights of Avalon series by Nina Mason. The novel has everything; historical fiction, contemporary political commentary, suspense, beyond steamy paranormal romance, and humour all set against a charming theme of astrology. The perspective shifts between Callum and Vanessa and I appreciated the variety, and at times humour, this brought to the story. The romantic tension between the characters is frustratingly delicious. The characters are likeable in their flaws and insecurities making them, even for extraordinary beings, relatable. I was intensely riveted from beginning to end.
One of the elements of this book I like most is its enticing forward momentum into the series. There’s a battle on the horizon and new characters to uncover and I can hardly wait.
Five luminous sheep
About the Author:
Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and enlighten. When not writing, Nina works as a communications consultant, doll maker, and home stager. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with her husband, teenage daughter, two rescue cats, and a Westie named Robert.