Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beauty’s Beasts

Title: Beauty’s Beasts
Author: Teal Ceagh
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN: 9781419928758
Genre: [M/F/M] Contemporary, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Riley Carson Connors grew up in the foster care system, without any knowledge of her parents or their past. She lives in Pittsburgh with her best friend Sabrina, avoids all emotional entanglements and is working diligently to graduate from college. Her world is tipped on its axis with the arrival of Damien and Nicholas, two dangerous vampires who claim they knew her mother and father. What they have to tell her is fantastic……and terrifying. Her parents were successful, and feared, demon hunters and the creature that killed them is now after Riley.

Damian and Nicholas were lovers for centuries but the death of Tally Connors drove them apart. They’ve come together for the sole purpose of honoring their dear friend’s request to protect her daughter. Within a few hours of meeting, Riley is on the way the New York with two virtual strangers, determined to train—to learn how to survive and win against the gargoyle, Lirgon. She also must learn to deal with her attraction to two Alpha vampires who play erotic mind games, and each is hiding a personal sexual agenda that’s simmering just below the surface. Which one does she want—or can she have both?

Beauty’s Beasts is the second release in Teal Ceagh’s urban fantasy series Guardian Bonds. It’s the first book by the author that I’ve read, but it won’t be the last.

The book is relatively short at around 140 pages but the author has packed a great deal of action, passion, desire, danger and sex within, making it a paranormal lover’s wicked delight. Damian and Nicholas are as different as night and day. Damian is sexy, fun, loving and charming, while Nicholas is brusque, cold and emotionally closed off; yet I liked them both. Riley’s smart, dedicated and a determined control freak who’s scared of getting hurt. The growing relationship of Riley and the vamps is the backbone of the story but training her to survive is what moves the plot forward. Add in Riley’s heritage, the newly resurrected rogue gargoyle clan killing unsuspecting New Yorkers and the demon, Azazel, and you have all the components for an entertaining read in a keeper paranormal series.

The secondary characters are few but important and the twist of having a sculptor, Nathan, involved in was a nice touch I didn’t expect. I also liked Sabrina, Riley’s best friend, and even though her part was rather small in the beginning, her return at the end sets up the next release, Sabrina’s Clan, very nicely. I anxiously await the next installment of this series. Read and enjoy!

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