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Maya Rising (Last Call for Caviar) (Volume 2) Paperback – November 19, 2015
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Maya Jade and her lover, Julian, have fled their temporary place of refuge on the French Riviera. Fearing for their safety, they head toward Italy in a battered Land Rover full of weapons and provisions; but Maya cannot escape the dangers she encountered during her time mingling among the Riviera's jet set. She's being followed by Slava, a Russian who runs a human-trafficking ring. Julian's skill as a physician secures the couple safe passage into Italy and finally to the Hautes-Alpes, where he treats the locals and refugees. While Julian is out on an emergency call, an earthquake strikes the area, cutting of fall lines of communication. Desperate to find him, Maya enlists the help of Stephan and Laurent, two French military paratroopers. They discover that Julian has been kidnapped by a ruthless and bloodthirsty captain named Jacques Richmond, who's in league with Slava and planning a covert operation in Monaco. Maya soon realizes her only hope for saving Julian lies with her former lover Abdul. As she renews alliances and faces old dangers in her efforts to free Julian, Maya realizes her feelings for Abdul are more complicated than she had thought. Told in a series of journal entries that span the years 2018-2019,this sequel seamlessly picks up where Last Call for Caviar left off, and the narrative moves with the same intensity. The action is gripping,but there is a grimmer edge to the tragedies unfolding around Maya and Julian.The storms and other ecological disasters have continued unabated, and the desperation and lawlessness have resulted in shocking acts of violence, including rape and cannibalism. Once again, erotic romance plays a major role in the story. Although Maya never questions her love for Julian, she remains conflicted about her feelings toward Abdul. This conflict helps form the basis for an erotic and nuanced love triangle as her involvement with Abdul deepens.
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"In a world divided by the atrocities of war, it is matters of the heart that almost bring down our heroine, Maya, in this fast-moving and suspenseful sequel to Last Call for Caviar. The subject matter in volume 2 is much darker than the first novel. I did, however like the premise that even during the darkest of times for our society, individuals still have individual lives, loves and desires for the future, whatever that might be. It tests the strength and endurance of our heroine, Maya, and driven by desire and love, she passes the test with flying colors.
Speaking of desire and love, this novel is full of it. While the world is more dangerous and hopeless, the sex is more passionate and alive. Maya Rising is a sensual, erotic read that doesn't disappoint. Maya Rising is a very well-written, thought-provoking follow up volume for the series."--Pacific Book Review (4Stars)
"Roen did a fantastic job of creating a scary world that is all too plausible in its reality. Maya is a kick-butt kind of heroine that a lot of readers will get behind, and they will love her cunning and street smarts, and her strong sense of loyalty to friends and family. She's a different girl from the one she was when she started this journey, and she isn't about to give up just because the world has gone crazy around her. I wanted her to get the happiness she deserved and for things to work out for her. That level of empathy for a character is remarkable and makes me applaud Roen for a fine job of making her characters come to life."--JJ Philipsfor Readers' Favorites (5 Stars)
"Maya Rising is a sizzling steamy story with action, adventure and intrigue. Maya is a strong heroine. She is well-written and easy to root for. Roen wrote characters into this world with the toughness and fortitude to survive. Maya Rising is a survival tale, but hope is also encountered in the story's pages. I love the way this story was told. It is dark and scary at times, funny and witty when comic relief is needed, and sweet and sappy just when I've had too much darkness. Roen did a really good job of balancing the elements of her story."--Anna Smithfor Readers' Favorites (5 Stars)
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This sequel to //Last Call for Caviar// is equally delicious as the first installment. A warning for persnickety readers, this is not a standalone volume. It will make almost no sense if you haven’t read the first book. This isn’t to say that author Melissa Roen doesn’t weave the storylines together seamlessly—she does—but she doesn’t fully set up volume 2 the way she does volume 1. I recommend reading the books in order to get the full effect. And do NOT miss the prologues. Start at the very beginning.
Having said that…
Destruction, death and blood cults—oh my! Maya Jade is //still// stranded on the continent during what can only be accurately described as Armageddon. Having finally found her way out of the Riviera and back into the arms of sexy surgeon Julian, the future is anything but certain. What perils lurk on the interior of Europe? Will they reach their destination in the safety of Switzerland? Will the safety promised there be real? Again, there are more questions than answers. And the few answers there are lead Maya further into trouble and the deviant and devious schemes for power and control that broil beneath the surface of a splintered civilization.
Finally reunited with lover Julian, Maya believes she has escaped the dangers of her past… until they appear right on her tail bumper ready to rear end her into oblivion. And we are there to watch her dangle on the edge. //Maya Rising// jumps right into the action, and it doesn’t let up. The plot winds through the French countryside and down back into the Riviera, coming full circle. Maya is forced to face the demons that have hounded her steps throughout both volumes.
The earth trembles with a mystical power that haunts Maya. The mysteries of this force seem to hold her destiny in its grip and the blazing red eye of the Purifier scorches. Through the melee, Maya has to figure out if her love for Julian is as strong as she’s always believed. Could her feelings for another powerful man jeopardize their fairytale ending? Could unfinished business render all of the questions moot? Always just one step away from the end, Maya Jade is on an unrelenting journey toward her truth and the fate of the world.
This novel is a fast paced whirlwind of adventure, hurdling towards an odd conclusion that will keep you guessing until the very end. Roen is cruel in her conclusion. I implore her to reconsider, and serve us at least one more serving of //Caviar//.
**I received this book in exchange for an honest review.**
The subject matter in volume 2, Maya Rising, is much darker than in the first novel. It was shocking to my system to see how much the world had deteriorated. It is the end of the world, the end of humanity, and morals and laws of the land have been cast aside. Rapes and murder are a daily occurrence, and that makes the reader mourn the world that once was. I did, however, like the premise that even during the darkest of times for our society, individuals still have individual lives, loves, and desires for the future, whatever that might be. It tests the strength and endurance of our heroine Maya, and driven by desire and love, she passes the test with flying colors.
Speaking of desire and love, this novel is full of it. While the world is more dangerous and hopeless, the sex is more passionate and alive than ever. Maya Rising is a sensual, erotic read that does not disappoint. Maya, and I as the reader, were caught off guard by the feelings Maya discovers for another lover, other than Julian, along her path. While the outside world rages, internally the mixed feelings for two men rage within Maya throughout this novel. The drama of who she will end up with grabs the reader’s attention and makes them wonder, “What if?”
Maya Rising is a very well-written, thought provoking follow-up volume for the series. It is necessary to read the first book first in order to understand the events and characters in this sequel. It is great to see our heroine master the challenges that are thrown her way in her quest for finding and ensuring the safety of her one true love.
The American gun-totting, whisky-swilling heroine with a sharp tongue and soft heart comes back with greater determination and balls to survive the Apocalypse and save everyone she cares about on the way.
As a heroine I feel like she really grows into her role. It's as if the starting gun for the survival race has gone off, and everyone is thrown in action. Do or die.
You wouldn't guess what's about to happen.
Having read Last Call for Caviar , I couldnt wait to read the sequel , and Maya Rising was a brilliant read .
I love the writing style of the author ,and the clever way the story unfolds and flows so effortlessly.
I honestly cant wait to see it on the big screen ! What a fabulous movie this would make !