Friday, December 23, 2011

THE WILD ROAD by Marjorie M. Liu

A Dirk & Steele Novel
Publisher: Avon Books
Date published: June 28th, 2011
ISBN: 9780062020185
Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

When people look at Lannes Hannelore, all they see is very handsome man. But Lannes hides a deep pain as he considers his beauty a prison, one that he doesn’t ever think he will escape from. Lannes hides a secret of who he is and knows no one will ever love the person he is if this secret comes out. Until in walks a young woman with no memory of who she is or why she is covered in blood. She will draw Lannes into a mystery that will have him confronting his hidden fears and question everything he believes to be true. What Lannes discovers will either deliver the love he longs for or the destruction of not only him but also the mysterious beauty who calls to not just his heart but his soul as well.

Marjorie M. Liu is a phenomenal storyteller. With the right amount of angst, captivating characters and a storyline that sucks you in, each of her books delivers the reader a wild roller coaster of a ride that you do not want to get off.

THE WILD ROAD is a dark, deeply delicious story that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end. The writing is tight, the story flows swiftly with a few twists that leave you gasping in shock and a romance that defies the ages. I loved how Ms. Liu gives us two main characters that are flawed, neither looking nor even thinking they deserve love and finding it just about blows their minds. Two damaged souls and a love that will be their salvation or their destruction. I think that sums it up perfectly after reading THE WILD ROAD. With the right balance between angst and mystery, the story gathers steam by chapter two and you are drawn into a world where gargoyles, vampires and more reside. I absolutely enjoyed the entire Dirk & Steele series and this was a perfect story to read during Halloween or even anytime for that matter. There is something for everyone in THE WILD ROAD-mystery, romance, paranormal aspects and it is all wrapped up with a bow by this talented author.

Meet Lannes Hannelore, a man who’s so handsome he feels it’s a curse and a prison. He meets the mysterious Lethe, a woman covered in blood and no memory of who she is or why she is running. These two are strong on their own but together are formidable. Lannes tries to help Lethe unlock her memory and in the process finds a strong woman who calls to his soul. Two different people, trust and love build between them as they race against the clock in trying to unlock her memories and in the process find a love worth fighting for. These two characters work so well together and mesh beautifully. I loved how trust and friendship started their relationship. It made it much more relatable, in my opinion. The secondary characters were just as delightful and some familiar faces from past Dirk and Steele stories showed up which had me smiling.

THE WILD ROAD is a perfect story if you like a romance with a hint of suspense, captivating multi-dimensional characters, and a love not to be denied. I can’t wait to see what else this author has in store in the Dirk & Steele series. I can’t get enough of them and hope I won’t have to wait for my next installment.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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