Thursday, June 4, 2015

ARC Review: The Siren's Touch by Amber Belldene

Title: The Siren's Touch
Author: Amber Belldene
Publication: July 21st 2015 by Lyrical Press

Genre: Adult ~ Paranormal Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3/5

Review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

One touch can change everything…

Hitman Dmitri Lisko is determined to avenge his father. Once he takes out the man he believes is responsible for his family’s tragedies, he’s done killing for good. But a mysterious woman may tempt Dmitri to change his plan.

Sonya Truss was murdered in a Ukrainian village in 1968. Now she’s reappeared in San Francisco as a rusalka—the ghost of a wronged woman. And she’s thirsty for the blood of her killer. But she has to make things right before she’s trapped between worlds forever.

Sonya's enigmatic siren powers stir Dmitri's long-buried chivalry, and he finds himself compelled to help her. He also can’t resist giving her a taste of the pleasures she never experienced while she was alive. Soon they discover that touch has surprising consequences. Yet when their shared mission comes to cross-purposes, they must choose between deadly sacrifice—or surrendering to the one act that can save them both.

The Siren's Touch was not my all-time favorite book, but I still think it was a good story. It reads very quickly and I really liked Dmitri and Sonya as the main characters.

This book is pretty different from other paranormal romances I have read. The story features Dmitri Lisko, who's a hitman and wants to avenge his father and then there's Sonya Truss, who was murdered in the 1960's and has now appeared as a rusalka, a ghost or water sprite out for revenge for whoever killed her. 

I liked how this book had Slavic mythology. Lately I've read a couple of stories featuring it and I must say that I really liked this part of the book.

Dmitri and Sonya had some pretty hot chemistry right away. I really liked them as a couple. But I have to admit that other than them, I wasn't that into this story. I liked that Sonya was a rusalka because it was different but I really am not that into stories about ghosts, to be honest. 

I've always liked Amber Belldene's writing and it's no different in The Siren's Touch. The pace was steady and I enjoyed reading it. If you're looking for a quick but good paranormal romance with a twist of Slavic mythology then you should definitely read this book!

       About the Author:

Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days.

Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths and is passionate about the deep ties between spirituality and sexuality. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco and loves chatting with readers and other authors on social media!

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