Monday, February 11, 2013

Paranormal Romance Review: The Nymph's Labyrinth

Review of "The Nymph's Labyrinth", Book 1 of the Nymph Series by Danica Winters.

Number of pages:  300
Word Count: ~60k

Book Description:

A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed. 

A Shape-shifting nymph, Ariadne, is tasked with keeping the truth of her group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of an American archeologist and his troublemaking son.  When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced to make a choice—fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put everyone’s lives in danger.

Can Ariadne have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of the past keep her from her heart’s desire?

Book Trailer: The Nymph's Labyrinth Book Trailer

I really loved the world building and from just reading through the pages, I felt that I was on the Island of Crete and digging for artifacts and clues of the labyrinth. The description made the setting feel like another character extension. Miss Winters did a wonderful job creating a "new" world that is very different than any of the other paranormal romance books that are on the shelves or available to buy. The prologue does a great job of explaining and setting up the book that the nymph's are cursed to never love a human after Epione turns down Zeus' seduction.  The world was set up brilliantly and was one of the things that I loved almost the best.

The characters were strong and very believable. I loved Ariadne as the strong heroine with deep past emotional scars. She is the perfect complement to Beau Morris, who is the kind of man that women just want to eat up in romance novels. He is that sweet, driven man that has had his ups and downs, and feels bad for not being able to see his son. Although the relationship between Ariadne and Beau starts off slow, it is believable and it takes off. The build up and the tension in the relationship is steamy and the love scenes are hot! I also really enjoyed the extra dynamic of adding Beau's son Kaeden adding another element to the struggling couple and also showcasing Beau.

Pros & Cons:
The characters and the world building were great and I loved the storyline. The only thing I wasn't too keen on was the shape-shifting. I didn't think that it was needed to further the paranormal element. The shape-shifting didn't take away from the story, but I found that it didn't really add anything to it. It was just there.

Fresh Factor:
The storyline was very fresh. It was the perfect mix of Greek mythology, suspense and romance. I haven't read any other novels on nymphs or on the labyrinth. This story has pushed me to break out of the paranormal box of vampires and shape-shifting cats. There are so many other very interesting and equally sexy paranormal creatures out there to explore. The mythology behind the nymphs was very interesting and has made me want to do some research of my own.  It really peaked my interest.

I loved this story and would give it ****~ 4.5 stars. It was a fast ready and really enjoyable. I didn't want to put it down once I started it and found myself reading into the wee hours of the morning to get to a point where I could stop reading.  I loved the characters and found myself really pulling for Ariadne.  I will definitely be looking for Miss Winter's next book in the Nymph Series.  I would strongly recommend it for the paranormal romance reader.


About the Author:
Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. 

She is also the Marketing and Promotions Manager for Books To Go Now publishing.  When she’s not working she can be found in the wilds of Montana working on her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery and painting are not her thing).  She always believe the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.


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Danica Winters said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I'm so glad you enjoyed my book. The next book in the series is called Montana Mustangs and will be out May 6, 2013 :) And I'm currently working on the third in the series.
Thank you so much for your time in writing such a pleasant review!

Mary Preston said...

A very comprehensive & helpful review thank you. I'm going to enjoy this.

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