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)
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