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Praise for The Cursed

“Bestseller Day’s League of the Black Swan series kickoff is fun and imaginatively humorous…Paranormal romance fans seeking lighter nonvampire, nonshifter fare will enjoy this promising new series.” –Publishers Weekly

Praise for Alyssa Day and the Warriors of Poseidon Novels

“Romantic, sexy, and utterly compelling. I loved it!”—Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Fascinating, thrilling, and deeply romantic…The perfect blend of fabulous world building and sexy romantic adventure.”—Jayne Castle, New York Times bestselling author

“Alyssa Day works her own brand of sexy sorcery in this fabulous new paranormal series. Warriors and witches have never been so hot!”—Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author

“Alyssa Day's Atlantis is flat-out amazing—her sexy and heroic characters make me want to beg for more! I love the complex world she's created!”—Alexis Morgan, national bestselling author

“A phenomenal new series.”—Fresh Fiction

“Alyssa Day’s characters grab you and take you on a whirlwind adventure. I haven’t been so captivated by characters or story in a long time. Enjoy the ride!”—Susan Squires, New York Times bestselling author

“Alyssa Day has penned a white-hot winner!”—Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author

“Wow! Alyssa Day writes a marvelous paranormal romance set on earth.”—Susan Kearney, USA Today bestselling author

“Action [and] hot sex…so hold on to your fan, you may need it.”—Bitten By Paranormal Romance

“Day blends action, suspense, and fiery hot sensuality.”—The Romance Dish

“Action packed and hot and spicy.”—TwoLips Reviews

“Day just has a way with these sexy warriors that leaves me breathless.”—The Romance Readers Connection

“This character-driven tale will grab the reader’s imagination from page one…An epic thrill ride that should not be missed.” —Romance Reviews Today

“Action-packed adventure filled with magic and romance…Superb job of world building that will leave you stunned with the richness of detail. The characters of Atlantis are sexy, intelligent, and fascinating. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait for more!”—Romance Junkies

“Superb writing, fascinating characters, and edge-of-your-seat story bring the legend of Atlantis to life.”—Colby Hodge, award-winning author

“The Poseidon Warriors are HOT!! Can I have one?”—Kerrelyn Sparks, New York Times bestselling author

“Alyssa Day roars onto the paranormal scene with this tense and magnetic read.”— Romance Junkies

“Wow! What a spectacular series opener…The love scenes are sizzling hot.”—Once Upon A Romance

“The world building is superb…The Warriors of Poseidon are a sexy, chivalrous, and dangerous team [who] create an atmosphere of testosterone so thick you can cut it with a knife; the interaction between this brawny bunch is priceless.”—ParaNormal Romance

“A cast of sexy but tormented alpha heroes.”—The Romance Reader

About the Author

Alyssa Day is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling pen name (and dark and twisty alter ego) of Alesia Holliday. Previously a trial lawyer in multimillion-dollar litigation, Alyssa was delighted to give up the courtroom to finally put the voices in her head down on paper where they belonged. Writing as Alyssa, she writes the New York Times bestselling Warriors of Poseidon series including such titles as Heart of Atlantis and Atlantis Rising, and the League of the Black Swan paranormal romance series. As Alesia, she won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award for excellence in romance fiction, and she writes comedies that make readers snort things out of their noses, and is the author of the award-winning memoir about military families during war-time deployments: EMAIL To The Front. Alyssa is a graduate of The Ohio State University and summa cum laude (Latin for “with much student debt”) graduate of Capital Law School in Columbus, Ohio. She and her Navy flyer husband, their two children, and their adopted rescue dogs live in Florida.
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Product Details

  • Series: League of the Black Swan (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425255778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425255773
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alyssa Day is the pen name (and dark and tortured alter ego) of RITA award-winning and RWA honor roll member author Alesia Holliday. As Alyssa Day, she writes the New York Times best-selling Warriors of Poseidon paranormal series & the League of the Black Swan paranormal romance series. As Alesia Holliday, she writes comedies that make readers snort things out of their noses, and is the author of the award-winning memoir about military families during war-time deployments: EMAIL TO THE FRONT. As Lucy Connors, she writes gritty contemporary romance novels for teens.

She's a diehard Buckeye who graduated summa cum laude from Capital University Law School and practiced as a trial lawyer in multi-million dollar litigation for several years before coming to her senses and letting the voices in her head loose on paper. She lives somewhere near an ocean with her Navy Guy husband, two kids, and any number of rescue dogs. Please visit Alyssa at www.AlyssaDay.com, Twitter.com/Alyssa_Day, or Facebook.com/AuthorAlyssaDay.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kate on May 7, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
**Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy**

The blurb for THE CURSED was what drew me in- a supernatural private investigator in a dimensional fold in New York City with a romance storyline to boot? Yes please! But if there is one thing I'd like to get across with this review, it is that though THE CURSED definitely has those elements, it is more a book about Rio and Luke (not just Luke), and it is far better than the blurb makes it sound. Set in a richly created world, with likable main characters, and excellent pacing, THE CURSED is a perfect first installment in the League of the Black Swan series.

If I were to rewrite the description for the book, it would go something like this: Rio Jones is just a bike messenger...until she sees the kidnapping of a human girl in Bordertown. Then, all of a sudden, everybody is after her, and she has no choice but to seek out the Dark Wizard of Bordertown, Luke Oliver, the very person she has been trying to avoid since despite their obvious mutual attraction, he has rejected her advances in the past. As Luke and Rio start the search for the little girl, they meet up with fae, demons, and other denizens of Bordertown, all who seem to know more about Rio's past and parentage than she does. Why is everybody suddenly so interested in Rio, and what significance does her 25th birthday have? As the date grows closer, Luke is desperately trying to keep Rio safe, but is it because she hired him, or something more personal? And when Rio finds out about her heritage, will it bring them closer together, or will it tear them apart- forever?

Rio and Luke are really spectacular main characters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barb thereadingcafe on May 7, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a big fan of Alyssa Day, as I loved her Warriors of Poseidon series. With her new release, The Cursed, the first book in her new series, League of the Black Swan, I am thrilled to say that Alyssa has done it again. The Cursed, whereas totally different then WOTP, is a great start to a fantastic new series. Day has done a magnificent job on world building, which includes wonderful characters; the fictional town of Bordertown, a supernatural realm hidden in NY, with magic, and habited by wizards, paranormal beings, demons, grendels, goblins, immortals, and the Fae.

The story begins with our heroine Rio Jones, who works as a bicycle messenger, who one night witnesses a kidnapping. Rio finds herself frightened, and runs to the one person who can help her find the kidnapped girl, not to mention protect Rio. Luke Oliver, is our hero, and someone all of Bordertown fears and respects; who is also a wizard.

Right from the start, I loved Luke and Rio together, as they made such an awesome couple. Both have fought their attraction to each other for awhile, but helping Rio forces Luke to realize he cannot avoid her anymore. Their scenes together are hot, as well as having quite a bit of humor. The whole book had a lot of humor, and was fun, in between the tense battles. I did think a couple of the humorous scenes like a giant duck, pushed it a little, but nevertheless I totally loved this book.

Without giving any spoilers, the crux of the story is Rio's upcoming birthday, and why is everyone interested in that? Both Luke and Rio are stumped, but whatever it is, brings the unknown and possible danger to Rio. As the story heads to the climatic exciting ending, you can't put the book down until you discover everything.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa C on May 12, 2013
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The Cursed, (The League of the Black Swan) is a terrific start to a new lighter series by Alyssa Day. The h, Rio, is a 24 year old orphan, and bike messenger with a touch of telepathy. She witnesses the kidnapping of a small girl by some sort of supernaturals in Bordertown, the haven for demons, fae, others, and humans. In Bordertown, the person who has the ability to stand up to and track down the kidnappers is Luke Oliver, a PI, wizard, and an immortal of some sort. He also happens to be the guy on her bike route that she asked out to coffee and was refused. Add in a Cold Fae Princess, and various others that are suddenly interested in Rio now that she is about to turn 25 years old and you have a nice beginning to a new series. The action is steady, the mystery surrounding her birth is explained, and the romance is believable. The League of the Black Swan wants Rio to join them but there is no real explanation as to what the organization is about except that it is neutral in Fae, Demon, Goblin, etc. matters. I would give this starter a 4.5* rating, it is a lighter PNR focusing on the R and the mystery that is Rio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LittleByrd on September 2, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I usually will rate a book on my interest once I start reading it. This book took me several days because it was silly and started to bore me. Other books of this size I normally finish in one day. The hook of the book that keeps you reading is trying to determine what Rio is. She is completely vulnerable in a world that wants to eat her alive yet on her 21st birthday she is supposed to come into great power from both her Fae and Demon parents. She falls in love with Luke but fights her attraction to him and he fights his attraction for her. I didn't see or understand any compelling reasons why they should be together other than she held a grudge and he was cursed. They fight a giant chicken, they hunt a giant egg, and other generally goofy things that they flit from one item to the next to solve. If you want to read something that is absolutely goofy not to be confused with funny, then this is the book for you. There were too many side stories distracting from the main plot that carried no real value other than to add word count.
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