Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Coven

Title: The Coven
Author:  Stephanie Burke
Publisher:  Loose Id
ISBN:   978-1-59632-766-5
Genre:  {M/F/M/M/M/M/M} Multicultural Polyamorous, Shape-shifter
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph 

The world is in love with pop icon Cyprus Reid.  Her siren’s voice and graceful beauty keeps her in the spotlight with her five male escorts. Cyprus’ fans are clueless about her true identity and the horrors in her past.   Each performance brings Cyprus closer to completing her coven and taking back all that was stolen from her.  After all these years Cyprus will get revenge on those who wronged her and nothing will stop her. 

For months, Jason Giles has been following his instincts and it’s about to pay off.   Posing as head of hotel security has allowed him the perfect opportunity to get close to his target, Cyprus.  Regardless of her beauty and talent, Jason knows Cyprus is a cold- blooded killer and he intends to expose her.   After infiltrating Cyprus’ coven, Jason is more confused than ever.  His discoveries cause him uneasy feelings about completing his assignment.  Jason’s attraction to Cyprus and the bond with her coven changes everything. 

Cyprus and her associates are not fond of humans.  Considering the damage humans caused their family, I can’t say I blame them.  Even though Cyprus is a powerful being, she’s still a woman who wants things any average woman would want.  Having that dream ripped away could have destroyed her, but it didn’t.  At first, I admit I sided with Jason.  Jason isn’t as smart as he thinks because Cyprus knows he’s really there to spy, not to protect her.  After obtaining more information about who hired him to bring down Cyprus, Jason isn’t sure he is protecting the right person.  Not only does he help to see that justice is served, Jason helps Cyprus complete her coven.  Jason also gains unexpected information about himself.  The story ends with a tragedy that’s really a happy ending.  Cyprus and her coven are able to disappear from the spotlight and return to the life they were meant to have.    

The Coven is a mysterious read with several layers that I enjoyed watching unfold.  Each revelation brings a different question and makes me curious about each member of Cyprus’ coven.  The men are all so different, yet their union works.  I think readers will be even more curious about Cyprus, just as I am.  I was surprised by some of her attributes, I have to admit.  Timing is everything and Stephanie Burke has excellent timing when building suspense in her scenes.  There is plenty of action and sexual encounters to keep you on the edge of your seat and curious for more.

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