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Fury's Kiss, New England Furies Book 1, Nicola R. White
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Fantasy and Sci-fi
I really enjoyed this book, it’s got for me the perfect blend of romance and fantasy. sometimes these reads are over dominated by the romance, and while I enjoy that side I really want a strong paranormal slant to the tale and I got just that here. I look forward to reading more in the series. Furies. an unusual thing to find in the paranormal genre...and yet another book I read only two days ago also had a Fury in it...strange co-incidence. ( Rachel Vincent’s Menagerie if anyone’s interested – another good read and first in series!) I can’t think of the last time I read of one in a story, and was so surprised to find two at once.
Anyway, on with the book. I liked Tara, and understood just how shocked she was to find out what was happening to her. I liked that she was finding it difficult to cope, hard to accept. Some books have lead characters taking everything in their stride but Tara doesn’t want to let go of “her”, of the person she is and let the Fury inside her take over. Its a slow partnership but they find a way to work together finally that keeps them both happy. Then there’s Nora and Ruby, who’s more than she seems and such a cute girl. Of course Jackson, Ruby’s uncle is super protective of her, and despite the attraction that sears between him and Tara right from their first meet they have a fairly antagonistic approach to each other for quite some time. Tara thinks he’s a jerk, a handsome one granted, but he just jumps to conclusions about her and is convinced she’s going to bring trouble to Nora and Ruby. For a long time he won’t take Nora’s word that there’s more to Ruby that just a cute kid, and she has the tools to help them.Read more ›
‘Fury’s Kiss’ is the perfect blend of modern day meets Greek Mythology, and one that will have you reading until the very end. I was hooked from the start and ended up staying up all night to finish just so I didn't have to stop.
Tara Walker’s life as she knew it was about to change after one horrific night leaves her beaten, and doing something she never thought she was capable of. With ‘something’ taking up residence within her, Tara and an unlikely team of allies must race against time and the police to uncover what exactly their life now entails.
Something dark and sinister is lurking in the shadows…
“Something dark was stirring, perhaps as old as Alecto herself, and I had been chosen to be her champion in the war against it. Her sister in arms, as she was my sister in spirit.”
I liked Tara’s character and the way she struggled to come to terms with her new ‘abilities’ and the danger that seemed to be stalking her. She wasn’t one of these characters who took everything in her stride and just coped. She was afraid of losing herself in the process of what was happening to her and we watched as she grew to accept everything and to find a balance and understanding between and Alecto.
Jackson, for me seemed very indecisive when it came to what he actually wanted when it came to Tara. He hated her, but couldn’t seem to stay away from her. The only thing he was certain of was what lengths he would go to, to protect his loved one; Nora and Ruby, and that is one thing I did admire him for.
“With Nora and Ruby. He was a dedicated, selfless protector. While with me, he was male chauvinism personified.Read more ›
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Tara discovers that she suddenly has super powers. Along with them her appearance changes as well when these powers manifest.
Tara wanted to some day own her own resturant, do something more with her life. She wants to find romance as well. Once these powers manifest, she is either doomed or on an adventure to discover what's happening to her.
Along the way she meets Jackson--and sparks fly. He's hot, but also dislikes Tara on sight.
Fury's Kiss was an interesting story. There were a few slow spots, but the bulk of the story kept you reading.
I'll be reading the next book to see what happens.
Anger seemed to awaken the goddess within her. Alecto’s powers surged through Tara making her powerful and leaving those who oozed evilness begging for their life, unfortunately once she’s consumed with the Fury the only thing on the agenda is to torture and inflict the pain that these murderers / creeps have caused onto others and direct it straight back unto them…….and sometimes this led to their death.
What’s a gal to do when you’re consumed with the voice of a Fury and you think that you have gone insane….well. Consult your best friends, of course! Which Tara did, this girl had some amazing friends. They looked beyond the fact that when angered her eyes turned red, her tears were that of blood or her hair resembled serpents. Talk about a bad hair day, but they loved her and would do anything to help her get the answers she needed. Even if it meant that they were harboring a wanted criminal.
Fury’s Kiss had it all. Action, suspense, twists and turns …. ohhhh and Jackson. The sexual tension between Tara and this delicious specimen left me speechless and wanting those two to just get on with it already. Don’t worry….those two couldn’t resist each other for very long.
But that’s all I’m giving you. You know me, I don’t believe in divulging too much. What I will tell you is …. this book ROCKED!!!
Was on the fence about this one because initially I had trouble connecting with both female and male lead. Not to mention, reading about Furies isn't my norm but I decided to give it a go. I can honestly say that I wasn't disappointed. The storyline is good even if I have/had a problem with the lead characters.
Tara Walker is just a young lady working hard to fulfill some of her dreams. Then an attack by a not too bad looking stranger changes everything in an instant. Now, she must move forward with the . Tara as the the female lead took to getting used to. I found her to be a little too happy go lucky when it came to being possessed by an ancient Grecian god (of sorts). Her character kind of automatically fell into superhero mode rather quickly. Not that she's supposed to sit back and brood about it but there is something missing between discovery and full steam ahead. Never the less, the author wrote a strong female lead to introduce readers to the series.
The male lead, Jackson Byrne on the other hand is hard to like. His character is so hot and cold. He's just an a-hole times 100 but I think that is just a part of his appeal. He wasn't one of those I see you, I love you and now let me hump your leg the rest of the book kind of lead. He has the sex appeal some readers look for but Jackson's character isn't the smoldering looks kind of guy. His character's personality fits considering he's a former Navy Seal.
The really great thing about Fury's Kiss are the secondary characters. They're all good and memorable. The other good thing about the story is that it started off full steam ahead and didn't stop until the final action sequence.
That was just the beginning! What a great book. Always a mythology fan, I rarely find a modern book blending the ancient and the new in a compelling story. Thank you, Ms. White. And the best part, this is a series and only book one. I was captivated by the characters, they were loyal, kick butt ready and unforgettable. I'm a sucker for kids and this one has two. Little Ruby is much more than a smart, mature child, she is an old soul vital in the reactivating the Furies.
Now we have a new ancient living inside a modern woman, a savvy child, add a hot guy who can't keep his hands off her even though he says they can't. There are two roomies who would do anything--and do--for Tara, add a protective mom for the child and let's not forget the bad guys. With an ancient warrior, there had to be some ancient bad guys and these are the worst of the worst.
This story will keep you from turning off the light and turning the pages. There is action, great characters, some humor, steam and the battle between good and evil--at times there is a question as to which is which. The trickling in of mythology keeps it compelling without bogging down the story. This is a hearty recommend from me.
This was reviewed for Words Turn Me On
It gets my check marks for ✓ Writing, ✓characterization and ✓ Premise
Despite the cover (ugh! Dear publishers, please let’s change that cover!) this book had me at “Furies” and “New England”
I’ve read some about Greek mythology and watch the same movies everyone else has (Percy Jackson , Clash of the Titans, etc.) but I had never read a book about Furies. Well… Now Furies made it to my top ten badass fantasy female creatures! LOVE FURIES!
As Rachel [Tara’s geeky roommate] explains it
“OK, here are the Cliffs Notes. In ancient Greek mythology, the Furies were born when the Titan Cronus castrated his father, Uranus, and threw his genitals into the ocean. The Furies were formed by drops of his blood.”
I grimaced. So far… ewwww.
“Some sources say the sisters were even older than that, born of Night itself, but everyone agrees that they were goddesses of the underworld. They were associated with the usual underworld stuff—blood, death, serpents, you get the picture. Descriptions of them vary, but it’s pretty widely accepted that they had snakes for hair and they cried tears of blood. Sometimes they had the bodies of animals.”
“They were goddesses of vengeance,” Nora went on, “appearing on behalf of those who summoned them. They were called the Kindly Ones because they never punished anyone who didn’t deserve it, though the punishments were always pretty terrible. And they wouldn’t stop until they were satisfied justice had been done.”
So besides falling in love with the whole Fury concept, then I’m reading the book and I’m very much liking it! Though it sounded too much to me like female version of Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld! [Tara has a Fury living inside her] Which was hummm… I guess… fine by me. It was just the premise that is similar.
Well… there was another red flag, in a steamy love scene…
"Good. Mine. Alecto stretched, flexed inside my head. Ours, she corrected. Her power coiled in my belly, lithe and powerful at the base of my spine"
And I was like.. oh oh that “MINE” also used A LOT in Lords of the Underworld and kind of so overused by now in paranormal romance that is has become another “letting out a breath” cliché
And then there was another tiny red flag… The way Tara interacted with her inner Fury felt JUST like the Lords of the Underworld and their inner demons.
So, what is it that I liked then???
Well… I liked that there was a lot of good action and that the book was well-written. That the dialogues felt very natural, which made the characters very real and likable. I actually wanted to be BFFs with the MC, Tara, and her roommates Rachel and Alex.
And there was Jackson (Tara’s love interest)… one of THOSE! An alpha male that MADE me like him despite the jackass attitude. Jackson has a good reason to behave like a jerk, since he thinks Tara is a danger to his niece.
To me one of the biggest challenge in urban fantasy is the blending of fantasy and reality. And Nicola did a good job until the end when a few things were left unexplained. Apparently Greek deities can just possess any human body randomly (unless I missed something somewhere, which is VERY possible) and I was like huh? Random body-snatching? Just like that? Nu hu!
Then also there was this...
“OK. So you’re Greek. What does that have to do with anything?”
“I was practically raised on the old legends. That’s why I was able to recognize what you are. If that body had been found by anybody else in Hawthorne, you’d probably be locked in a cell by now.”
Huh?? I’m not sure that what a Greek would say but ok… :)
So anyway I DID LIKE IT. :) It kept me turning the pages until the end. So, I recommend it and I will read book 2!
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