Goddess With A Blade
by Lauren DanePublisher: Carina Press Publish Date: June 2011 Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance Source: E book provided by NetGalley For Review My Rating:
Blurb From Goodreads:Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she’s a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty. A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas’s new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line—or she’ll mete out her own brand of justice. Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can’t let it distract her from her duty—to find and battle the killer before more women die.
I really enjoyed reading Goddess With A Blade, it is an urban fantasy/ paranormal romance mix filled with suspense, vampires, romance, and even a Goddess. The heroine in this story is Rowen, a human girl who shares her body with Brigid, a goddess. Because Rowen is the vessel for the Goddess, she is very powerful and strong, and she uses these extra powers to kill vampires who kill and break the law. Rowen is a Hunter, it is her job to keep the supernatural community in line, and she is excellent at her job. Rowen is a confident, tough woman, she does not get close to many people, but she is very loyal to those she who are close to her. She comes across so tough, until she is with her acolyte friends and the Goddess, Brigid. She is able to let her guard down around those closest to her, and I really like that about her. Rowen comes from a difficult past, she was raised by the leader of the vampires, but she holds a lot of resentment as well towards her father figure. She has a complex character, and following her story in Goddess With A Blade was very satisfying.
The other supernatural creatures in Goddess With A Blade are the vampires. In this world, the vampires have formed into a governed Vampire Nation, with their own leaders, laws, and rules. They are policed by their own, and also the hunters to prevent humans from discovering their existence, and from killing humans while feeding. Rowen lives in Las Vegas, monitoring the local branch of vampires lead by the Scion. After killing the previous Scion, Clive Stewart is the vampire who takes control, and while hunting a deadly rogue vampire, he and Rowen find that they are very strongly attracted to each other. I have to say, I got a kick out of Clive, I mean, what vampire leader is named Clive? It was amusing, but despite his name, Clive is the strong, alpha-male type and he and Rowen love to fight. Their relationship definitely gives Goddess With A Blade some heat and sexual tension.
Goddess With A Blade is all-around a great read, having a goddess power enter an urban fantasy tale gave it a different feel, the romance is hot, and I had a great time reading this book. Paranormal and urban fantasy readers, I recommend giving Goddess With A Blade by Lauren Dane a try.
Where to Buy this book:E-book only #3.99 at Amazon