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"Betrayed is an exciting escape into a fascinating world of fallen angels and an intense and timeless love story. Jamie Hansen is a fresh new voice in paranormal romance." -- New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan
"Enter a world of magic, chance and love everlasting!"--Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author
"Haunting, hypnotic and powerful, Jamie Leigh Hansen's Betrayed is a welcome breath of fresh air for fans of paranormal romance."--Deidre Knight
About the Author
Jamie Leigh Hansen has loved romance novels since she was thirteen and was impatient for Nancy Drew and Tom Hardy to kiss. Since then, she loves seeing the varied ways relationships develop, what makes them stronger and what makes them fail. Now Jamie uses what she’s learned from books, classes, and thirteen years of marriage to her own personal hero to write stories that touch her heart and, hopefully yours as well.
Have purchased the Kindle version and decided to get a hard copy version as well.
Yes, it is THAT good.
If you're looking for a truly great romance read with a complexity of character growth and plot, do yourself a favour and give this a shot. Strong heroine. Amazing hero. Spot on emotional explorations. Fantastic sculpting and growth of characters. Packed love story. Raw writing. Loved it. One of the few romance novels I've come across where the characters are showing emotional maturity in their decision making processes, and the feelings are not libido induced 'lustfest'. Really enjoyed reading it.
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I picked up this book at a local library. Almost didn't read it though because the cover made it look like one of those run-of-the-mill romances. The positive reviews here made me give it a try, and it indeed was a well-written story with engaging characters. I hope the author will be able to exercise more control over the cover choices in her next books.
This novel is definitely a cut above most romances and certainly stands out among paranormal stories because of the depth of character development and the passion the hero and heroine have for one another as they fight the evil that threatens them. The word 'riveting' is used a lot but in this case it really applies-- it will be hard to tear yourself away from Dreux and Kalyss. There is a depth and truth here, a truth of the human heart and a moral center that is compelling as we come to understand the conflict between the angels and demons and wonder how good can prevail. There are few love stories that are as emotionally involving, thought-provoking and beautifully written as Betrayed. In this case, the stellar endorsements are well deserved. This is a world you will want to return to when the last page is read.
Nine lifetimes, nine attempts, nine deaths, nine rebirths, nine failures; if Kalyss fails this last time to rescue her beloved Dreux from the statue prison that holds him before her brother-in-law Kai murders her again, she will move on to eternal emptiness without him. However, with each reincarnation, she does not remember the past, her spouse or his brother until it has been too late while Dreux has seen each time the horror of his blood killing his love.
This time two enigmatic strangers intrude on her cycle of life and death by gifting her; some might say cursing her; with the knowledge of her past lives. Still as she eludes her constant predator surviving his assault for the first time in their millennium contest, she still has to figure out how to break the curse that has left her dead nine times and Dreux locked away in a prison.
This engaging romantic fantasy uses flashbacks to tell what happened in the past so that the audience obtains a strong tale in which through nine lifetimes hate has proven stronger than love. Readers will believe angels populate the earth; all seeking redemption with some of them being evil. BETRAYED is a superb battle in a war between good and evil fought on a battlefield of undying love.
What if a curse, by a slighted woman, affected someone's life over a thousand years? This story explores how the lives of a particular woman, who is reborn each century, are entwined with that of a man who has been cursed and is now a statue. Each lifetime Kalyss slowly begins to 'remember' about her history, her former life with Dreux, the man she married and spent one night with before the curse caught up with him. And each lifetime Dreux's half brother Kai has to kill Kalyss to prevent her from rescuing Dreux from his stony state, the man that Kai believes is a murderer. Kalyss has the help of Geoffrey, the man who originally betrayed Dreux to Kai and who has been trying to make up for it for almost a thousand lifetimes.
The story is told with various flashbacks, mostly to the time that Kalyss (then called Kynedrithe) and Dreux first met, but also to other times when Kalyss was killed by Kai. The main part of the story is set in 2004 where Kalyss is recovering from an abusive marriage and has learned self-defence and become a stronger person than in her previous nine lives. However, in order to gather that strength she has sworn off romantic love, instead feeling a strong brotherly bond with her friend Alex. When her memories of Dreux start to reappear, as they do at some point each lifetime, she has a chance to deal differently with the situation because of her changed nature. However this time Geoffrey has set things in motion so that Dreux is rescued from his statue state and is a living, breathing man again. Dreux and Kalyss have to try to rescue Alex and Geoffrey who are kidnapped by Kai but also to learn about each other and to understand how they are both different from the couple that married almost a thousand years before.
The story is rather patchy with some really good parts but other parts that dragged, particularly the beginning. The writing style was good, the characterisation believable (although Dreux was possibly a bit too good to be true) and the setting well described. The flashbacks worked quite well and enabled the author to gradually reveal parts of the plot to the reader as the story progressed. There were some additional characters, including some angels, which were perhaps a bit overcomplicated but overall the story was well told. It's certainly an original idea for a book although I sometimes felt the attempted marriage of reincarnation, the Christian God, angels, curses and undying people didn't quite all fit together.