- File Size: 1019 KB
- Print Length: 307 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1772334456
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Evernight Publishing (July 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B011MOL812
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paranormal with a different twist. No vampires or werewolves. But instead it uses the Haitian based Voodoo spirits known as Loa as its basis.
The loa spirits are trapped on earth in human form following a battle during the 1800s. The heroine, Kena is actually the Loa goddess of love Ezili Freda but her memories have been wiped away and she has no knowledge of her past. But that changes with the presence of a mysterious stranger named Luc.
Luc is actually the Loa god Balinjo, a healer and he must coax Kena's memories back so they can save his brother the warrior god Ogoun Feray who also happens to be Kena's mate back in the spirit world. They must save him because if they don't all of the Loa will be trapped in human form forever and be unable to return back to their spirit home, which kinda like Mt. Olympus for the Voodoo Loa set.
But as Kena regains her memories she isn't so sure she wants to become Loa again. She is in love with Luc/Balinjo and has always been. Theirs is a Romeo/Juliet thing where as gods they were forbidden. As humans they could be together. But staying human would seal the fate both for Feray (who would remain possessed as a demon) and the rest of the Loa. Could she be that selfish?
This was a fun book to read. There was great dialogue, great supporting characters and a surprising amount to humor and snarky wit. The conflict it sets up is great. And I especially love how much flavor the book gives about New Orleans and Lousiana. I have read other PNRs set in NOLA and sometimes I feel like it is just another generic town. This one has atmosphere with a twist of attitude. Kinda like seeing NOLA while watching the Beyonce Formation video.
As far as supporting characters AJ, Kena's ghostly roommate was hoot as were the Ghede Loa, the loa of the dead. They were like a cross between Parliament Funkadelic meets Sons of Anarchy meets a live sex show. They were fun, irreverent and used the word 'hooker' like a term of endearment. Meanwhile in contrast Papa Legba is like a dignified Morgan Freeman watching over them all.
As far a romance, Luc and Kena were in love. I mean capital letters IN LOVE and you get that it was soul deep but they just couldn't be, because of honor and because of what they were. So it was romantic in that sense and you wondered how it would all come together in the end. I am glad that the author didn't make Feray this terrible guy. He was as much caught up in fate as they were.
I drop a few stars because the great plan to right everything felt kinda muddy and really too complicated. And there were one too many "twists" in the end.
But overall I really enjoyed this. I hope we revisit this group again.
The author has created an amazing thousand-year-old love story between ex-cop Kena and sexy Luc (a.k.a. Ezili and Balinjo) and has developed other strong characters such as the lovable ghost named AJ in a dramatic New Orleans setting replete with Vodou spirits and beignets.
Will their love survive?
If you're a fan of this genre, buy this book. Even if you aren't, give it a try, and I'll bet you'll become a fan like I did.
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