Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review of Night Thief by Lisa Kessler

Synopsis from book: 

After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.
Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.
Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.

My Review:
Lisa Kessler has done it again. Her novella Night Thief is a great read to keep you sane until the next book (Night Demon) in the Night Series comes out in the Spring of 2013.
Marguerite Rousseau, better known as Le Voleur D'or (The golden thief), is a girl just trying to survive, and if she has to do that by stealing from the rich and elite, she’ll do that without hesitation. Getting away from her cruel and heartless “master” with her young cousin is her goal and she is bound and bent she will achieve it at all costs. She is witty, clever, stubborn and personable, even as a thief. She comes across quite likeable, with a sexy attitude that just won’t quit.
Kane Bordeaux, having been around for centuries, is intrigued immediately after seeing her swipe a gentleman’s purse. Kane is an immortal Night Walker who protects humans while keeping alive by feeding on the scourge of the earth. He is oh so much more than a vampire! He is a sweet talking, confident hunk of a man. He too has a sense of humour that makes him much more than likeable! Even though an immortal, he has retained a human sweetness, a generosity and kindness not usually inherent in one similar to a vampire.
Lisa, as usual, builds up the world and the characters with an ease that astounds me. She again sets a wonderful pace that keeps us interested but not left feeling that things were too rushed.
Woven in a historical setting, this paranormal romance will only whet your appetite for more of the Night Series.

                                                        I give Night Thief
                                                         5/5 Books
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Review of Night Walker by Lisa Kessler

Synopsis from book:
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...

Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.

She's haunted by dreams of her own death...

After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she's drawn to him in ways she doesn't understand.

They've waited in the shadows for centuries...

Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he's ever loved again.

My Review: 
Lisa Kessler’s book Night Walker grabbed me from the start.
Kate has returned to her hometown, after her fiancĂ©e is caught with another woman and a student at that. All she wants is to be with her old friends and family, to try to get over her heartbreak. Fate has other plans though, and she meets Calisto, a very attractive and mysterious man. Kate is confused and frightened by the strong and pulling emotions Calisto makes her feel. Turns out they are both old souls, destined to be together. Life has given them yet another chance to try to get it right and be together forever. Kate, however, thinks it is too soon to be with another man, not realizing that this relationship has already been started… about 250 years ago, when they were Gregorio and Tala! Talk about setting the scene! Calisto is a Night Walker, a peaceful species, not to be confused with vampires, who are evil beings bent on the destruction of others. Calisto was made an immortal by the old one so that he could one day find Tala in her reincarnated form and love her again.
Kate is a very believable, broken hearted but wanting to be loved woman. She just has to get past her fears, which, of course, our hero will work at diligently.
The seriousness of the story is tempered with touches of humour throughout the book and it only makes it better.
Our bad guy, Jose Mentigo, also a former priest, is the guy you love to hate. His warped outlook makes him the perfect villain.
Told from the present and the past alternately throughout the book, we are able to get a better feel of what went down and what was all involved. I love the way Lisa did this. It makes what Calisto is feeling seem that much more real and believable. He is a hero of love, totally devoted to Kate from the start. This book is a very exciting whirlwind of action and emotion. The story is never rushed but moves along at a good clip, keeping you on your toes. With great character development, world building and smooth writing that flows from one page to the next, I highly recommend this book and will be looking forward to the next one in the series. It is definitely a paranormal romance for the soul.

                                                       I give Night Walker 
                                                                        4 1/2 /5 Books 
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