Friday, March 4, 2011

Review: Eve of Samhain by Lisa Sanchez

Eve of Samhain
~Lisa Sanchez

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 378 KB
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publish Date: May 25, 2010

Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-10: 1936305208
ISBN-13: 978-1936305209

From the author's website:
As a college senior and server at Hanaford Park's hottest nightclub, twenty one year old Ryann Pierce's plan was simple: work hard, make lots of money, and avoid the ass-grabbers at all costs. What she never planned for was Quinn Donegan-- the living, breathing advertisement for sinful behavior that waltzed into her life.

With an angelic face, a hard body and a butt-load of charm, Quinn had a way with the ladies––a lot of ladies. Cursed with a deadly, addictive touch, his trail of indiscretion blazed across five hundred years. Tired and jaded, Ryann is a shocking revelation Quinn didn't see coming.

Filled with desire, yet unable to touch one another, Ryann and Quinn embark on a daunting journey, battling frustration physical limitations while exploring their new love. In a race against the clock, Ryann learns she must plead for Quinn's life before...the Eve of Samhain. Determined to end her lover's suffering, not even the danger dogging her every move can keep her from her mission.

The Hanaford Park series is an interesting world of magic and mythological creatures. In the first book, Eve of Samhain, we meet Ryann Pierce, a young college student who's going to school and working in a bar to pay the billz. In walks sex-on-a-stick Quinn Donegan, and she drools...until he opens his mouth. He's rude and crude, and she's not impressed with him or his Barbie-clone companion. He comes into the bar again the next night with another leggy female, and Ryann notices that both nights he disappears, leaving his dates unfocused and confused about how they got to the bar. Later Ryann is attacked by a weird dog-like demon, and Quinn rescues her. He decides he's going to protect her and they become close. She learns what he really is, and why she's attracted to him. What she's not prepared for is his attraction to her. While all this is going on, Ryann is being stalked by a monster, and her angry-goth roomate might have the answers she's looking for, if she can work up the nerve to ask.

My thoughts: I didn't care for Quinn from the get-go; he was an obnoxious ass. And although he was devoted and kind to Ryann after they got to know each other, we really don't know why he was attracted to her over every other female on the planet (and trust me, he's had a few). Rhyann was spunky, but spent a lot of time either angry, crying, or obsessing over her butt. And while I found the dialogue a bit forced, there were several spots that made me laugh:

Wait. What? Please, no. My heart leaped into my throat and my stomach dropped to the floor. Why? Why did the professor have to call on Quinn?

"Could you please explain what occurs when a woman climaxes?"

"Oh, aye. I surely can." A smug grin crawled across his face and he sat back in his seat, stretching his long legs out before him.

Pompous, egotistical bastard.

The pencil I'd been gripping snapped, eliciting a snort from Quinn Before he spoke.

"Well, then. The muscles in the woman's vagina contract, along with the rest of the muscles in her body. Her heart rate and blood pressure peak. And of course, she usually screams my name several times."
Eve of Samhain, Page 123

I did like the Celtic lore. I also liked the goth roommate, Martha, who is the heroine in book 2, Pleasures Untold. I'm looking forward to reading her story.

My rating:

Come back this afternoon for my review of the next book in the series, Pleasures Untold (Witchy Martha's book)
and a Giveaway of both e-books!!!

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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