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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Velvet Haven by Sophie Renwick

The Immortals of Annwyn: Book One
Author: Sophie Renwick
Source: Personal Purchase

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade (March 2, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451229185
ISBN-13: 978-0451229182


Hidden from mortals for eternity, Annwyn, the Otherworld, is home to shapeshifters, wraiths and dragons. On the border with the mortal realm stands a nightclub called Velvet Haven. The shapeshifter king of Sidhe, Bran, comes there searching for his brother, Carden, who's ensnared in a centuries-old curse. He looks to Mairi, a mortal woman with an unusual aura, for help. He usually just uses humans for sexual pleasure in order to restore his magic energy, but Mairi's lush curves and teasing caresses inflame him like no Sidhe ever has. He has no idea that the woman he's falling for holds the key to his destruction-or his salvation.


Where do I begin with this review?  Let's start with the cover, because that seemed to be about the only thing I really enjoyed about this book.  Hubba-Hubba! Look at that man on the cover!  Tattoo's, long hair, drool worthy ab's and tight leather pants!  Eye candy that you can drool over for hours!  I loved the blue and black misted background as well.

Unfortunately, that is where my thrill of excitement for this book ends.  The author created so many different characters in this book that I was left with a feeling of dizziness! The main character of Bran was sexy, but tortured as most hero's are in books.  He is cursed and he must pimp his body out to please women in order to receive his magical gifts when needed.  Please! What man wouldn't want this curse? Every man would jump on the chance to get to have sex as much as possible.  So, I will move past this point in the book.

We have Mairi as the heroine and she wasn't much at that.  She is suppose to be a bookworm, but she also is suppose to be mated with Bran according to fate.  The author had Mairi coming across as wimpy and boring.  I am a bookworm, but I sure as heck have a lot more excitement to offer than Mairi! I couldn't even stand to read about her character being with Bran as it felt to forced.

I actually had to force myself to finish this book and I have no desire to read the rest in this series. Would I ever read another book by this author? The answer is yes, but it would have to really knock my socks off in reviews to get me interested.  I understand that this is the first book in a series, and maybe the author was trying to set up the scenes with all of the characters, but to me it was overload that could have been better paced with more books.  


I did not like this book at all! 1 STAR



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