Friday, January 3, 2014

Review: Seven Seals Series by Traci Douglass

Seal Of Awakening
Seven Seals Series
Book Three
Traci Douglass

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: SpinTale Publishing
Date of Publication: October 28th, 2013
Number of pages: 261
Cover Artist: Kim Killion

Book Description:

 Socially awkward geneticist Quinn Strickland has willingly forgone the pleasures in life to reach her career objectives. Alone and approaching thirty, she uses her independence to mitigate any risk of a broken heart. Her strategy works until the day a handsome stranger bursts into her lab and her orderly plans shoot straight to Hades. He claims to be her personal divine protector, a powerful, ancient warrior sent to defend a prophetic time bomb existing within her own genetic code.
 The Scion’s alpha-geek Wyck is offered the opportunity of his immortal lifetime as head of his own covert operation. He arrives at a Colorado lab expecting starched white coats and sterile surroundings—not a redheaded spitfire in charge of both his project and his libido. His skills have carried him from the battlefields of ancient England to the pits of Hell and he has no plans to be felled by one woman, regardless of her shag-worthy charms. Divine duty requires him to protect the apocalyptic Seal encrypted within Quinn’s DNA, but his heart has other ideas. When his personal feelings interfere with his age-old vendetta, he’s forced to decide between desire and retribution.

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My Review:
Traci Douglass has done it again. Seal of Awakening, book 3 in her Seven Seals Series, is another wonderful adventure involving the power struggle between those who serve Divinity (the oh-so-yummy Scions), and the all-bads, Lucifer, and those pesky half-angel/half-human Nephilim.

Scion Wyke, tech genius and immortal protector of the Third Seal of the Apocalypse (famine), is a delightful mix of brains, off-beat good humor, and hunky brawn. The brilliant Dr. Quinn Strickland (unknowing bearer of the seal), on the other hand, is uptight, impervious to both humor and male attention, and hides her generous physical assets behind ugly glasses, ugly shoes and a very, very tight bun.
When the bio-engineering company she works for is infiltrated by the Nephilim, Wyke must do everything he can to stop their evil plans, and protect the unwilling Quinn from inadvertently letting her feminine-destroying invention get into the wrong hands.
Per her usual flair, Ms. Douglass draws the reader in and makes them feel at home from the first page. There is no confusion, no wondering “what’s this all about” or “where am I.”  Because of this talent, there is no “getting acquainted” with the characters or their situation, the reader is simply among friends who take them on a great adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to the next installment. Very well done.

-Cary Morgan Frates

Seal Of Surrender
Seven Seals Series: Book 2
Traci Douglass

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Number of pages: approx. 270

Book Description:

Love, like War, will always find a way…

 War has shaped every aspect of Irena Soldan’s life—her childhood, her work, her DNA. Unaware she is the genetic host of the second Seal of the Apocalypse, Irena battles for those who cannot fight for themselves. As a top human-rights operative for The Omega Consortium, her company provides both the financial backing required to undertake her task and a charismatic, publicity-loving boss to promote her cause. Life proceeds on plan for Irena until a mysterious, sexy stranger arrives claiming to be her guardian and Irena’s path takes a sudden, inauspicious turn for both the erotic and the lethal.
 Chago has always been the quiet one amongst his warrior Scion brethren—the brooding, Spanish combat expert with a hidden soft side.  A member of Divinity’s covert special forces, he’s protected humanity for more than a millennium. Still, his greatest joy comes not from the battlefield, but from tending the cattle herd on his remote Montana ranch.
 Irena’s new assignment takes her straight to the heart of a bloody civil conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa and Chago’s mission demands he follow. Expecting a seething cauldron of female whoop-ass, he instead discovers a harbinger of peace amidst a world of ever-increasing violence. The explosively tense situation is further magnified by the cunning Omega Consortium leader, his ambiguous personal agenda, and an ancient foe whose audacious rise to power threatens the world’s very existence.
Despite the cataclysmic circumstances, an undeniable attraction ignites between Chago and Irena. Together, they must unravel the ancient puzzle of the Seals and discover her employer’s ulterior plans before they both become casualties of War. Soon, both are forced to choose between a past riddled with old torments or risk everything they treasure on a love capable of defeating evil incarnate.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced, cleverly thought out, and takes us through highs and lows that keep the reader’s knuckles in the white zone for the duration. Irena and Chago are vividly portrayed and I liked them right away. Both are strong, independent and full of driving purpose. It is a great second book in the Seven Seals series, and I can tell the tension will ramp up with each successive installment, and I can hardly wait for more. Well done. 
-Cary Morgan Frates

Seal Of Destiny
Seven Seals Series Book One
Traci Douglass

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Number of pages: 263

Book Description:

Love conquers all… but can it stop the Apocalypse?

 Mira Herald is having the worst life ever.  Not only is she plagued by horrific nightmares starring the Devil himself, she’s now the target of a power-hungry, rogue minion, freshly sprung from Hell and bent on her destruction.  To complicate matters further, she’s acquired a stalker. One who insists he’s a divine warrior sent for her protection because she houses an ancient relic with the power to unleash Armageddon. Last time Mira checked, she wasn’t insane. Still, all this celestial mayhem is enough to drive a girl crazy.
 Kagan is a member of the Scion, an elite team of immortal warriors selected by Divinity to aid mankind and save the world. After a century alone, Kagan is summoned for a new mission. He’s eager to begin. Eager until he’s informed his mission consists of protecting a woman with no clue to the power she wields. Plus, his briefing fails to prepare him for his new target’s cosmic-sized attitude problem.  As Divinity’s sworn servant, he’s required to fulfill his duty. His oath, however, does not require him to be enthusiastic about his new assignment or warm-and-fuzzy toward his new compatriot. He plans a wham-bam rescue and a quick return to solitude.
 The rogue minion attacks—with the backing of a mysterious organization—and all Hades erupts, putting a fast end to any whirlwind escapes. Accustomed to staunch independence, Mira’s survival now requires full cooperation and an unwavering belief in Kagan. The battle-hardened warrior is also forced to chose: between duty and desire. Amidst the turmoil, Kagan and Mira’s undeniable passion draws them closer to each other and down a path neither expected but both yearn for, more than they ever knew.
 Will love save the day? The world’s fate depends on the answer.

My Review:

With book one in the Seven Seals series, Ms. Douglass catapults us into a world full of imagination, terror, passion and hurt. Mira is solid, strong and capable – a woman full of pain who has no need of anyone, least of all a protector, and yet….  For his part, Kagan, immortal Scion warrior, has no need of entanglements and precious little enthusiasm left to do the work he is destined to do, and yet…. And yet they are thrust together, forced to face the evil that threatens not just themselves, but all of humanity. The pace is fast from beginning to end, and while it ends well, we can see that trouble still lurks on the horizon. This is a good story. Well done.
-Cary Morgan Frates

About the Author:
Traci is the author of paranormal romance/urban fantasy and contemporary romances featuring a sly, urban edge, including her current Seven Seals series. Her stories feature sizzling alpha-male heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get; and scrumptiously evil villains who are—more often than not—bent on world destruction. She enjoys weaving ancient curses and mythology, modern science and old religion, and great dialogue together to build red-hot, sizzling chemistry between her main characters.
She is an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Writers (FF&P) and is pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction through Seton Hill University. Her stories have made the final rounds in several RWA chapter contests, including the 2012 Duel on the Delta, the 2012 Molly Awards, and the 2012 Catherine Awards. An earlier draft of the first book in the Seven Seals Series, Seal of Destiny, won the paranormal category of the 2012 Marlene Awards sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers.
Other current projects include upcoming books in the Seven Seals series, a new contemporary novella series due out in early 2014, and a new futuristic suspense series with hints of the paranormal and plenty of romance.

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