Wednesday, September 1, 2010

To Take Up The Sword

Title: To Take Up The Sword
Author: Brynna Curry
Publisher: Lyrical Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61650-190-7
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Goddess Minx

After one of his cases turns out not to his liking, Special Agent Gabriel Spiller is taking some much needed time away from work, reevaluating his position with the FBI. All of the death threats he’s received since the “not guilty” verdict haven’t helped much, either. He lost his partner, Serena Roarke while searching for some missing diamonds and now her sister, Leannan has found him.

Leannan O’Neal hears her dead sister, Serena, tell her that if she was ever in trouble, find Gabriel to protect her. Leannan is a school teacher in a small town, with a boring life, but finds herself on the run and knows that she must trust her sister, in order to survive the villain’s threats. Lea ends up helping Gabe in a shootout but killing someone affects her in a negative way. It’s not something she normally does, and having to do it is not sitting well with her.

To Take Up The Sword is a quickie. It’s an intriguing and enjoyable tale that kept me reading all the way through to find out how this story would end. Ms. Curry wrote a distinctively well plotted story that lead the two main characters on a chase across several states and the villain is indeed heartless to accomplish his goals. I was a little surprised at the betrayal from a person close to Gabe, but did understand why it was necessary towards the end of the book.

Gabe and Lea learn to trust each other quickly in order to survive the weather, bullets and bombs, along with exploring their mutual attraction, which blossomed into satisfied need for the both of them. I have requested the first book, to have a better understanding of the characters and their history. I really enjoyed reading this story, and this is my first from this author. This is the second book in the Elemental Magic series, and I am wondering who the next story will be about.

1 comment:

Brynna Curry said...

Thanks so much for your lovely review. Enjoy EARTH ENCHANTED. For those interested in the series, book three, WAIT FOR THE WIND,will be out after the first of the year followed by SEA'S SORCERESS and FIRE'S ICE.

Wind features Liv Corrigan's elder brother Ryan whom we meet in book one. For a peak at Wind's cover, excerpts and news about the series visit me at
I'd love to see you there!