Thursday, November 7, 2013

Book Review: Cursed by S.J. Harper

A Fallen Siren Novel
Book One

by S. J. Harper

  • Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Roc 

Our Review:
I loved this book, but I ask myself - who knew ol’ goddess Demeter was such a …. cranky, haggish, bitter piece of work?
Very few people know that FBI Special Agent Emma Monroe is actually one of three – EVER – Sirens from Greek “mythology.” She has struggled for eons to gain redemption from goddess Demeter, who holds her accountable for the loss of her daughter, Persephone. Her one-time, and now permanent partner is FBI Special Agent Zack Armstrong, is a werewolf who thinks his secret is safe. They share a passion for one another, and a brief past that must never, never be repeated, let alone allowed to develop. As they peel back the layers of their first case, a dark supernatural threat begins to emerge, and it takes every bit of cunning they possess to follow the leads to a very dangerous end.
This book is smart and well written, with strong characters and tough, very tough decisions. I appreciate the pacing, the storytelling, and the way S.J. Harper walks a beautiful line between passion for the sake of a sex scene, and the kind of love that sometimes calls for extraordinary sacrifice. Very well done.
-Cary Morgan Frates

About the Book:
Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s cursed. He’s damned. Together, they make one hell of a team. Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.
Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.
Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.

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About the Authors:
S.J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic-Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.

Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real life” day job in the psychiatric field to pursue writing full-time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and cocker spaniel, Buck, in a century old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.

Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella, Blood Debt, from the New York Times bestselling anthology, Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the US and the UK. She lives in Denver, CO where she finds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.

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