25 August, 2016

#BookReview :: Unleashing Desire (Brides of Prophecy #4) by Brooklyn Ann

Title: Unleashing Desire (Brides of Prophecy, Book 4)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 16th

A setup so perfect… it might just be fate.
Radu Nicolae has spent centuries in a guilt-induced hibernation beneath the ruins of his family castle. The only time he awakens is to feast on the occasional vampire hunter. When Lillian Holmes invades his lair, trying to kill him for a crime he did not commit, he decides it is time to rejoin the world. As he feeds on the inept, but delectable hunter and sees her memories, he realizes that he is being used as a weapon to murder her. Radu does not like being used.
Agent Lillian Holmes, of the Abnormal Investigation Unit, is sent on a mission to kill the vampire who murdered her father. But when she tries to stake Radu, he awakens. When his fangs sink into her throat, she thinks she’s a goner. To her surprise, she wakes up a prisoner. Furthermore, Radu did not kill her father. The AIU killed Joe Holmes and sent Lillian to Radu to die.
Together, they strike a bargain: Lillian will help Radu travel to the United States to reunite with his long lost twin brother. In return, he will help her take down the men who killed her father. As their relationship deepens on their journey, so does the danger. Not only must they keep government agents from finding out that Lillian is alive, but she also has a secret that will rock the foundations of the vampire world.

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Radu Nicolae is a vampire who spends time in his lair in hibernation mode. He wakes up when AIU agent Lillian Holmes tries to kill him. As Radu feasts on Lillian’s memories, he realizes that there is more to Lillian than being just a vampire hunter. Not only has he not killed Lillian’s father, but someone is trying to get Lillian killed. As the secrets are revealed, Radu and Lillian come to an agreement that helps them both – Lillian would help reunite Radu with his brother and in exchange Radu would help Lillian take down the people involved in her father’s murder. But their deal is making certain people very uncomfortable… Will they manage to take down the people intent on getting rid of both of them? 

The author has done an excellent job of setting up two very different characters and bringing them together. Their background is quite interesting and gives depth to the characters as well. The attraction between the characters was palpable even though it was kind of love at first sight sort of thing. What I liked the most was that Radu being an ‘alpha male’ of sorts, handled Lillian’s fiery independence quite well. His protective nature was very much clear and Lillian’s need for his support was also understandable. But instead of a ‘Bella-Edward’ freaky controlling relationship – Radu and Lillian had a more balanced relationship going on. However, the pace of the story lags quite a bit. It maybe because the author has tried to put in a lot of information with regards to the series so that the book can be read as a stand-alone. In any case, it made it very easy for me to just put down the book and pick it up at a later time. It just didn’t hook me in. The author’s writing style is dainty and the narrative, especially while building up a character, is smooth.

Overall, the book made for an entertaining read though pretty forgettable once put down. I would suggest paranormal lovers to give this series a try – reading it in order may prove to be more interesting.

Review Copy received from Secret Realm Book Reviews & Services

Formerly an auto-mechanic, Brooklyn Ann thrives on writing romance featuring unconventional heroines and heroes who adore them. Author of historical paranormal romance in her critically acclaimed “Scandals with Bite” series, urban fantasy in the cult favorite, “Brides of Prophecy” novels, and the New Adult winner of the 2016 Reader’s Choice Award, “Hearts of Metal Series,” she provides love for the broken and strange.
She lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210.
She can be found online at http://brooklynann.blogspot.com as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
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