Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: Terra Harmony
Never staying in one place for any period of time, Isabelle travels with her mother staying one step ahead of the evil that stalks them. Generations of her family have been plagued not only with a unique disease, but because of it, her kind are made irresistible to those that had taken her sister – Gabriella – whose death years earlier still haunts Isabelle. Her hope is to not suffer the same fate. All is well until one night Isabelle finds herself surrounded by a gang of young vampires. Just before they are about to strike, an Elder vampire – Xavier – saves her from the pack. Their shared attraction is immediate, unquenchable, and dangerous as both face a future that could destroy both of them.
Terra Harmony’s, “Gleaming White” is a short quick read. Another offering in the vampire genre, this novel is a little more adult than most of its young adult contemporaries given its more intimate passages. I was a bit frustrated with Isabelle’s somewhat helpless “fatal attraction” to Xavier, but I did, none-the-less enjoy Harmony’s take on the vampire elders and their responsibility for humanity. I also enjoyed the interesting and engaging backstory of Isabelle’s family as well as the events which caused her sister’s demise.
Gleaming White is a good read and at only $0.99 is quite a bargain. Harmony’s writing and characters are engaging and the twist at the end gives readers a nice satisfying treat.
Note: A complementary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: Katheryn Lane
Working for the UK firm Pillsby and Spooly to gain her qualification as an architect, Clare McKay learns that the firm is about to go under due to financial difficulties. As luck would have it, after meeting a fellow art lover at an exhibit, Clare sketches a few concepts for him to how she would have improved the exhibit’s layout to better highlight the subject matter while being consistent with its cultural heritage. Impressed as well as attracted to Clare, the gentleman invites Clare to his local home to do some design work for him. When Clare learns the man is Prince Rafiq of Bahir, she realizes her new client and the work he offers may save the firm. However, her budding romance with the Sheikh threatens to ruin more than just their deal.
Katheryn Lane’s “The Royal Sheikh”, is a light short romance novel that moves quickly. As with most romance novels, there is some reason keeping our lovers apart – duty to family, career aspirations and responsibility, position or station in life, feelings not shared by one of the parties, distance, personalities, conflicting beliefs, etc. In “The Royal Sheikh”, however, both parties are very attracted to one another and all things being equal want to be together with none of the above mentioned issues. The main problems keeping them apart are a series of frustrating misunderstandings regarding each other’s motivations for their relationship – is he just a playboy using her? is she interested in him only to save her firm? and so on.
The novel was entertaining and a good “vacation read”. I enjoyed Clare’s character – a strong woman making her way in a man’s world trying to make her mark at work while not denying herself a personal life. A challenging balance for sure and Clare struggles with this but fights for what she believes. For a different change of pace to the average romance novel, at $2.99 on Kindle, “The Royal Sheikh” is a good find!