Spartan Heart Part One – A Review

Author: Kristine Cheney
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 148 (ebook)
Year published: February 2011
Published by: Astraea Press

My Rating: 5 Stars

“The finality of unquenched pain imprinted on her soul. Fearing the brink of collapse, she placed her hand on his chest, sobbing aloud.”(chapter 1)

Synopsis:
Evangeline’s return to London after nine long years in America is shrouded in bereavement. The sudden demise of her parents under mysterious circumstances raises questions in a way that leaves Evangeline guilt ridden for being absent for a long time. As the only heir to the family legacy of London’s Greco-Roman Museum, Evangeline prepares to take over from where her parents left. Still in mourning and extremely forlorn, she wanders into  the treasure recovery room of the museum one night, and her life is never the same again.

A 500 BC  Spartan prince is trapped within the cold hard exterior of a breathtakingly beautiful marble statue which now stands in the treasure recovery room of the museum as one of the many valuable treasures. Caged within the statue owing to an age old curse, Dorien has been transformed into an immortal, endowed with all the powers that comprises such a being. A kiss from a heavily intoxicated beauty who, attracted by his statued masculinity releases him from his marble bondage transforming him into a living breathing being. Engulfed by a wild tantalizing chemistry, Dorien and Evangeline immediately fall in love spearheading into an incandescent physical affair. But there is much more to prince Dorien than his magnificently sculpted body, his towering height, extraordinary strength and his ability to read minds. For, he comes from an era of oracles, curses and witches who leave no stone unturned in following him wherever he goes.

Linked by providence and fired by the power of intimacy, Dorien and Evangeline prepare to save the most beautiful thing they have discovered. True love. Will they succeed? Is there a secret Evangeline is keeping from Dorien? Will the hand of evil tear them apart forever?

Spartan Heart is a brilliant romantic saga written by debut author Kristine Cheney, that promises to convey you into a world of powerful romance and magic.
I picked this book up because I was taken aback by Kristine’s friendliness and warmth. I do not know her personally nor have I been formally introduced to her but we follow the same book clubs like Book Lover 1989 and Book Reader Addicts on facebook and I was given the fine opportunity to be one of her friends on facebook.
Filled by the curiosity to read the work of such a genuinely empathetic writer who takes a keen interest in her readers, I started the book as soon as I bought it, and at once got catapulted into this extremely fast paced bewitching saga that has all the ingredients to make a bestseller. I was enamoured by Cheney’s descriptive language, very well crafted story and her ability to tantalize the readers with remarkable twists.

The protagonists Evangeline and Dorien are both irresistibly sensual. They not only possess attractive physical traits, they are incredibly sensuous together and the reader undoubtedly feels the overtones of such passionate chemistry between them.
The secondary characters are distinct and convincing. Although I wish Taryn had more to do in the story as Evangeline’s best friend. Phebus’ repugnant character matches well with his deformity and his hideousness with not a single redeeming quality. Demona ‘s nefarious nature reminds one of Neferet, the evil high priestess from House of Night Series.
A racy page turner that is bound to keep its readers fascinated, captivated, intrigued and roused. My due congratulations to Kristine Cheney on her sensational debut.

The tender swipe of her moist cheek brushed glistening tears against his lips. Imagining he was real, she kissed him. Her lips lingered in passion over his cold hard mouth. Releasing a breath, her seeking tongue licked and traced his bottom lip. Tasking salt of her tears, pink fingernails dug into loose curls made of stone. “Please! Won’t you love me back?”‘ (chapter 3)

Spartan Heart II is releases in April 2011

36 Responses to “Spartan Heart Part One – A Review”

  • Thank you, Yoshay, for your beautiful review of my book Spartan Heart, Part I. I am honored that you spotlighted my book today. You are a very gracious hostess. I would like to offer a contest to all of your fans…anyone who posts a comment or question on this review anytime today will be entered into a drawing to win my free e-book Spartan Heart, Part I. I will announce the winner here at Yoshay’s blog tomorrow. :P

    Kristine Cheney can be found at http://www.spartanheart.com (all of my links are posted there.) For those of you who can’t wait to get your hands on the book, you can purchase Spartan Heart, Part I, at http://www.astraeapress.com, http://www.amazon.com, and at http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

    Oh, yes…Yoshay, I am happy to report that there is a lot more of Taryn in my upcoming Spartan Heart, Part II, (to be released April 5, 2011). She is also the main character of the next book in my Spartan Saga series called Spartan Surrender (expected Summer 2011)! *wink*

  • Kim Bowman says:

    Awesome Kristine!! Big HUGS from me. A review well deserved. Congrats.

  • Christina Geissman says:

    I, too just became Kristine’s friend on Facebook and I have to tell you this book looks very interesting and it is on my books to read list now!!

  • Siobhan says:

    Great review. Really want to read this. But i am on a book buying ban just now.

    • Thank you for stopping by, Siobhan. I can think of nothing more torturous than a book ban…hehehehe! I hope that when your ban ends, you will consider giving Spartan Heart, Part I, a chance. *hugs*

  • i love your review and i love Paranormal Romance books. the book sounds amazing.

    (found blog on best books on facebook thanks for leaving the link)

    • I am enjoying getting to know you Annmarie. Thank you for letting me know you purchased SP1 for your Kindle. Please keep me informed of your reading progress. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the book. Thank you again, friend.

  • Nina says:

    Beautiful blog and great review!
    I want to read it even more now ;)

  • Mariela says:

    I am reading this in my Kindle, and i am really liking the book a lot!!! i cant wait to finish it!!

  • Hello, Miss Mariela. I am so glad you are enjoying your recent win of SH1 from Kiki’s blog! Please let me know when you finish…I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Also, please leave a review for my book at Amazon.com, too, since you bought it for your Kindle. You are a doll, friend.

  • I have been friends on FB for a week or so now and I am looking forward to reading this book. It looks awesome!

    • Thank you Christina. I’m so glad we connected and have become friends on FB. Best of luck in the contest. I will choose my winner as soon as I receive confirmation from Yoshay that all responses have been posted. :) Yay!

  • Amanda says:

    Spartan Heart sounds intriguing and just up my ally. Enter me in this contest! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Now I just need to figure out the best way to follow this blog. I love it!

  • Kriti says:

    Can’t wait to get my hand on Spartan Love. An intriguing plot indeed that makes your head reel in impatience to know the end. Can’t wait to find out. Thanks you for this wonderful post …

    • I appreciate you joining us, Kriti. Thank you for your kind words. It is a pleasure to meet you. I will be drawing the lucky winner soon, so best of luck to you in the contest. Please feel free to follow my posted links. I would love to get to know you (and everyone here) better.

  • Swati Bhattacharya says:

    Sounds fantastic….I’m a big one for supernatural and romance, so cant wait to read it! Loved the review…

    • Hello, Swati. I love paranormal romance, too! It is my favorite. I hope you get a chance to read Spartan Heart, Part I. Part II will be released on April 5th. Yay! I’m so glad to meet you.

  • Sulekha says:

    What a wonderful love story, If I may hazard a guess…could it be that Evangeline is a witch? hehe, I know it sounds silly but I want to know the secret. Hope to read it soon and find out, love prince Dorien and” his magnificently sculpted body, his towering height, extraordinary strength and his ability to read minds.”, can I keep him?

    • Greetings, Sulekha! A witch…hmmmm? You must read to find out the truth. Lol! I think Dorien is definitely a keeper! Hehehehehe! You will fall in love with him once you get to know him…plus you will find out many, many more surprises in this story. Good luck in the contest. In the event you do not win Spartan Heart, Part I, I hope you will still consider giving SH1 a try. I trust you will find it a worthy read. Hehehehe!

  • Pratee says:

    What a fantastic review!
    I can almost see this turn into a movie or even a popular tv series!
    I have been introduced to paranormal romance (all thanks to the author) and Kristine’s debutante novel seems to be a real catch !
    My best wishes to you,Kristine!!!

    • Very nice to meet you, Pratee. Thank you so much for your kind words. I would love for Spartan heart to be considered for movies or television. I think it would be a great watch, too. I deeply appreciate your best wishes and wish the same for you as well. Good luck to you in the contest. Please be watchful for the remaining books in the series to be released. :)

  • I will announce the contest winner as soon I get verification from Yoshay that all comments have been posted. Thank you so much! I am so excited! Whoot! Whoot!

  • CONGRATULATIONS TO PRATEE AND CHRISTINA-BOOK ADDICTIONS!!! You are my winners! I decided to choose two winners! Yay! Please post your email addresses here or email them to me at tisatrix@cox.net and I will email your e-books as soon as possible.

    Thank you all for joining us and for reading my review. It is my hope that all of you will give Spartan Heart, Part I, a read. I just know you will enjoy it. SH1 can be purchased at http://www.astraeapress.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at Smashwords. If you live in Europe, please note that you can purchase SH1 at http://www.amazon.co.uk.

    Here are my links if any of you would like to follow me:
    Website: http://www.spartanheart.com
    Buy the Book: http://www.astraeapress.com, http://www.amazon.com, or http://www.barnesandnoble.com, http://www.smashwords.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristineCheney
    Blog: http://www.spartanheartbyauthorkristinecheney.blogspot.com
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/SpartanHrtBooks

    Thank you all, again.

    Warmest regards,

    Kristine Cheney
    Spartan Heart, Part I

  • Pratee says:

    Thank you so much Kristine. Shall mail you right away! After a rough weekend : this came as a perfect surprise to cheer me up!

    Hugs
    Pratee

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