Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Starry Knight (Knights of Avalon #1) by Nina Mason

Synopsis from Amazon:

British aristocrat Vanessa Bentley has beauty, fame, and fortune, but she gets no respect for her decision to become a paranormal investigator. Determined to prove the naysayers wrong, Vanessa ventures to the misty moors of Caithness, Scotland. There stands the immense Castle Barrogill, where a vampire is rumoured to be stalking the dungeons—a vampire Vanessa is determined to find. She’ll just have to get past the resident shape-shifter…

Callum Lyon is the gorgeous reclusive astrologer and faery knight who guards the castle. For free-spirited Vanessa, seducing him proves to be easy. After all, he was once a breeding drone to a Queen. But astrologically, their differences are harder to overcome. Will Vanessa’s mission—and Callum’s secrets—be more than their burgeoning love can take? Or will flesh—and blood—win over the ghosts that haunt them both? ….

My review:

I have read the second book in this series first as a ARC through Netgalley and liked it very much so when I saw this for sale on Amazon Kindle for £0.66 I was excited to buy it there and then and read it in one day.

I love books that play with your imagination. Books that include fantasy and supernatural elements and so the Knights of Avalon series is perfect to stand in that category.

Nina Mason mixes old with the new – current affairs with British history, Scottish landscape, fairy tales and folklore. She makes the stories believable in a skilful way with an added touch or romance and some well written love scenes, which fit into place - not at all cringe worthy as it’s the case in a lot of modern erotic romance.

I loved Callum Lyon from the start - astrologer, Lord of the Castle and helpless romantic. On the other hand Vanessa took some getting used to, but I was glad that she was portrayed as a strong and independent woman, who knows what she wants and doesn’t let a man stand in her way. Of course neither of them always makes the right choice, but that just makes their story all the more perfect.

I can’t wait for the third book in this series to be published and see how the stories of Callum, Vanessa, Gwyn and Leith come together.

My score: 4/5

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