Friday, December 20, 2013

The Illusions of Eventide (A House of Crimson and Clover Novel) Review!!!!

Publication Date:  12/14/13

Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.

Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family's holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.

Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you’you've set free what means the most.

I love this series!  There are a few PNR series that I adore, and although Brandy Rivers' The Others of Edenton is my first choice, The House of Crimson and Clover is a very close second!  The story is engrossing and visually it is stunning!

This is the story I have been waiting for.  Nick is a character I have loved since I was first introduced to him.  I have been waiting for waiting for his story.  Nick is a complete smart ass who pulls no punches.  I am drawn to that about him.  Nick is sort of the warden of his family.  He tends to take on all the responsibility and quite frankly seems a bit taken advantage of.

But when Mercy is found sitting on his beach, you see things really start to change.  Both good and not so much.  Mercy is a really cool addition to the series!  Honest to goodness I thought the Deschanel's were awesome, Mercy takes it to a whole new level of intense, interesting, and engrossing!

Tons of twists and turns, Sarah keeps you engaged and interested.  Too often I read a PNR that tries to be interesting and engaging and ends up being confusing and frustrating.  Sarah doesn't write a simple story, you will need to keep up.  But trust me when I tell you, the journey is so worth it.  Ms. Cradit, you have blown my mind once again!

I give The Illusions of Eventide a solid 5 lipsticks.  Without a doubt the best in the series thus far!!!


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