Friday, November 7, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Reckoning by SJ Harper


Thanks to Book Monster Promotions for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Reckoning by SJ Harper today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s sacrificed. He’s suffered. They’ve both been betrayed.
Now it’s time for a reckoning.


Special Agent Emma Monroe has a secret. She’s a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. As an FBI agent she saves the lives of others believing redemption could be one rescue away.

Her partner Zack is a werewolf and former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments. Now he’s determined to atone for his past. Ironically, there’s a portion of his past Zack doesn’t remember—an affair with Emma. Giving into their attraction for one another almost led to their undoing. Now it’s back to business as usual.

While trying to unravel the mystery behind a series of kidnappings in Southern California, Emma and Zack become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and Were worlds. Not to mention the struggles they face in their relationship with one another. With so much uncertainty, they come to realize the only thing they can really count on is one another…or can they?

Title:  Reckoning
Series:  Fallen Siren
Book #: 2
Author:  SJ Harper
Approximate Book Length:  212 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This book starts off with a bang! It’s well paced and well balanced, starting quickly and keeping you glued to the page for both the relationship and the mystery. It’s exciting, realistic (in terms of the investigation in particular), and very sexy. There are so many things that have stayed on my mind since finishing the book that I’m having trouble figuring out sorting it all out!

First, this is not a standalone. You need to read the books in order to grasp the gravity, context, and nuances of everything going on. Several references are made to events from book one. Second, Kallistos is a very complex character. He’s one I’d like to see more of – like maybe in a book of his own. However, for that to happen, his involvement in Zach and Emma’s life needs to change. Emma and Zach belong together, and it’s just SO SAD to watch them together. They’re partners and work well together, but personally they kind of walk on eggshells and it’s a little awkward. Plus, you can cut the sexual tension with a knife.

This was a tough read, only because it was a tough case involving tough politics in the Were and vampire worlds, and it was tough love all around. The ending was so utterly heartbreaking because Zach is stubborn – so much it was almost out of character. What an impactful book! I can't imagine what awaits in the next one...

Bottom Line:

Reckoning is an enthralling read! Once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. So if you’re looking for a story that has it all, even an evil vindictive goddess, pick up this awesome book!

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About the Author
S. J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic- Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.

Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real- life” day job in the psychiatric !eld to pursue writing full- time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and terrier pup, Olive, in a century- old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths, and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.

Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella Blood Debt from the New York Times bestselling anthology Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the U.S. and the U.K. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she !nds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.

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