5 July 2013

Review: Eve of Samhain by Lisa Sanchez

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What they say: 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 frustrating 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.
What I say: I'm a big fan of fairy tales/myths coming to life/being real and I enjoyed Sanchez's take on Irish mythology. The whole untouchable thing reminded me of Alesha's power in season 1 of Misfits (UK). I could imagine Ryann's frustration because it must be all kinds of difficult being faced with an extremely attractive guy (or gal) and then not being able to touch them.
Some of Ryann's inner dialogue had me in hysterics and I loved her snarky reaction to Quinn's arrogance. Under the circumstances I think she handled everything quite well, but a lot of the drama seemed unnecessary. The baddie fell a bit flat at times and I couldn't understand his fascination with her. Also I have to say the ending seemed inevitable and only Quinn's stubbornness seemed to halt matters.
Quinn's reaction to being called a man-whore was particularly amusing, because it was essentially true. I couldn't understand if he had to do these things to survive or if he was fulfilling his own curse. I can understand how Ryann put her insecurities aside, because it was easy to see Quinn's loneliness and lack of self worth. There were some hot and smexy scenes, and Eve of Samhain is defo an adult book, not  meant for younger readers!
In terms of language, there were a few places which needed going over by an editor as the language/speech didn't always flow, but on a whole (for a self-published author), Sanchez has done a good job.
3 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • I brought them booze and pretzels while they pinched, prodded, groped, and propositioned me. I was a cross between a maid and a freaking pincushion.
  • "Nope, not God. Just a horny faerie."
  • My body was a different story altogether. It didn't seem to care whether or not the guy was an assface.

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