Saturday, July 26, 2014

REVIEW: Edge of Passion by Tina Folsom

***This book was originally reviewed for GraveTells.***
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Summary:

Thanks to his immortal Cloak Warrior powers, Aiden has been protecting humans for two centuries, but the demons are getting stronger, and the Cloak Warriors are losing charges more and more of late. After some tough losses, Aiden is assigned to protect a woman who could be the key to humanity’s undoing if she fell into the demons’ hands. Aiden is loyal, but the scientist he’s protecting, Leila, opens up his eyes to a whole host of challenges, the biggest being their forbidden relationship.

Thoughts:

So this book took me on an adventure! The action begins right away, along with the story. It doesn’t take long before you get a sense of who the characters are, and even the world is pretty easy to understand. Aiden begrudgingly takes this next assignment to protect an important scientist, despite a growing sense of futility, and finds more than he bargains for in the feisty, intelligent Leila. The action is non-stop, as is the occasionally embarrassing sexual tension, making for a very well paced story.

At first I actually didn’t much like Aiden, besides the honor code he lives by, because he was cynical and temperamental. As time went on, other than an occasional asinine comment towards Leila, he really grew on me as she changed him. His partner Manus however, deserved to be smacked. Often. As for Aiden’s best friend and fellow Cloak Warrior, Hamish…Well I just hope his story is next :D.

There were a few moments where I thought I saw a little inconsistency, such as “I thought she was wearing a bathrobe, and now he’s tearing her jeans off? *scratches head*”. However, the heat of the moment, as you might imagine, *clears throat* makes you completely ignore afore mentioned observation. My only real complaint is that in all the mystery, we are shown the identity of the primary villain just a chapter or two before the characters discover it, completely ruining the surprise. While that really bugged me, the conflict was still very exciting and the ending utterly satisfying, especially since it leaves room for more! The best part is that while there’s action and intrigue, and loads of steam, overall it’s actually a fairly light hearted read, and it had me up until 4AM finishing it because I couldn’t put it down.

Tina Folsom gives us a heartfelt story about a jaded warrior learning to trust again, and a dedicated scientist learning to be truly selfless. She weaves in corruption, mystery, and my favorite, mates that were always meant to be. This action-packed, romantic adventure is definitely not one to be missed!


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