Demon's Curse by Alexa Egan
Date Read: Feb 2013
A fast-paced and captivating debut—the first in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood series about shape shifters in Regency-era England.
A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bianca Parrino believes she has everything she wants. Independence. Wealth. And a life finally free of her violent, abusive husband. But when her close friend, Adam, is murdered, and Bianca is suspected in his death, she is unwittingly drawn into the search for his killer, and soon must question everything she believes—about her friend, about herself, and about a world she never knew existed.
A member of the mysterious race of shape-shifting Imnada and part of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery gathered intelligence during the Napoleonic wars. As a result of a savage massacre, Mac and the men he served with are cursed. Now one of them has been found murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada has been discovered at last. His only link to unearthing the truth is the beautiful actress who turns up unexpectedly at Adam’s funeral.
Before long, Mac has more to contend with than Bianca’s overt mistrust, his ill-fated attraction to the haughty and beautiful actress, and his ongoing search for an end to the curse. Because Adam’s killer is back, and Mac is next on his list
Series: Imnada Brotherhood #1
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 3.75
First Thought When Finished: Really strong ending with some great characters (Primary & Secondary) make this a series that I will be giving another go!
Story Talk: I am going to admit up front that the first time I started this book I got a little lost and set it down. I just couldn’t pinpoint exactly what was losing me. I am glad I came back to Demon’s Curse because the second half of the story was very strong. I think the problem was too much was being introduced in the first part and it just couldn’t sink in. However, once the book hit its stride the story flowed very well. I love the world and the story was a nice mix of historical/paranormal. Very nice balance!
Character Talk: Alexa Egan wrote a really strong leading lady that I adored. Bianca stole the show! I love strong independent women in historical stories and Bianca was brilliant. She had issues (legitimate ones) and really was a well-rounded character. I had a harder time warming up to Mac but by the end (though I think he was a bit of an ass), I was glad they were together. The secondary characters were brilliant and make me want to read the rest of the series.
Final Thought: This is a series that I will continue to read. Now that the world has been introduced, I think we will get more of the brilliant storytelling from the 2nd half of Demons Curse.
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