Monday, November 11, 2013

Nymphs in Winter


Today I'm featuring Winter Swans, by Danica Winters, third in the author's Nymph series. Together with The Nymph's Labyrinth and Montana Mustangs, this series offers intriguingly different paranormal romance, and a lovely look at a part of the country I've rarely visited.

I recently read all three books in the series, and today I'll be posting my reviews of them, one by one... so come back later to read more...


My Review of Nymph's Labyrinth:



“Sometimes you run away from things, thinking it’s better than fighting.” Ariadne and Beau have both done their fair share of running in Danica Winters’ Nymphs’ Labyrinth. So Beau pursues his career in archeological studies, minus wife and son, while Ariadne pursues a loveless affair with the local politician. And others pull their strings.
Nymphs’ Labyrinth is a nice combination of straightforward romance, set in a pleasingly exotic location, with paranormal mystery. Ariadne has secrets that no-one would believe, and a haunting sense of guilt that keeps her obeying rules instead of following her heart. Meanwhile Beau has no room in his heart until his son appears. Then he reveals himself as the guilt-ridden father who ran from things rather than arguing.
Still, if there really are gods and goddesses, perhaps there’s hope these two will find each other. And a goddess who values love higher than obedience, and honesty more than the letter of the law, is certainly appealing.
A tale of love that overcomes boundaries, doubt and cost, and a novel of relationships rebuilt on true communication, Danica Winters’ novella offers a nicely enticing twist on Greek mythology, with sexuality as powerful and real as befits all those sensuous Greek statues.

My Review of Montana Mustangs:



The giant horses of mythology, now tamed by humankind, live out their lives on ranches of Western US. Wild creatures, rounded up by the BLM, and beaten into submission, perhaps all they need is a trainer who cares, or a leader with power. But Aura’s sister has disappeared, and there are reasons Aura believes her sister might have been both trainer and leader.
Author Danica Winters slides the intriguing possibility of shape-shifting nymphs very gently into her tale, first creating characters the reader enjoys, then adding that mysterious touch of reimagined Greek myth. A gory discovery and some unexplained deaths bring cop and horse-trainer together. And eternal nymphs prove paradoxically frail as the story progresses. I wasn't sure about the logic, but the story's fun. And Aura is strong—the only question, will strength allow her to resist the siren call of true love?
Cross the magic and romance of Lisa Hendrix’s Immortal Brotherhood series, with the thoroughly modern (and magical) female protagonists of Judi Fennell’s mermaids, and you’ll have the flavor of Danica Winters’ Nymphs Series, an exciting mix of action, adventure, Greek myth, sensual romance, and mystery.

And now, my review of Winter Swans; the logic wasn't failing after all, but instead is revealed in a fascinating sequel that amply demonstrates the author's skill at creating complete stories while keeping back just enough details to leave the reader eager for more.
  
My Review of Winter Swans:



Third in Danica Winters’ Nymph Series, Winter Swans is perhaps the strongest entry so far. Readers are drawn immediately into the mixed emotions of a grieving immortal who has lost her sister, and a high-stakes gambler whose wife walked out long ago.  Threats and promise are immediate, with intriguing mystery and convincing drama as commitment-phobic gambler meets wary nymph. New obligations bring old emotions to the surface, and the dramas of fatal love take on even greater significance when the loved one is a grieving child. But even the child hides secrets in this tale.
Pleasingly intriguing, sensual without being over the top, and built on a fascinating blend of mythology and present day issues, this story launches the series onto  a longer, more complex journey, and showcases the author’s skill at creating complete novellas within the framework of a growing series. Readers could start here as easily as anywhere else, but will almost certainly want to find out more.

Disclosure: I was given free ecopies of these as part of a blog tour, and I offer my honest review.



WINTER SWANS BLURB:
 A curse that forbids her to love…A child that he must keep secret…An attack on the culture she holds dear…And a battle that could get them killed…
Single dad and professional poker player, Chance Landon, hates the world after his ex-wife is found dead in a cheap apartment in rural Idaho.  On a lone-wolf crusade to find the killer, he instead learns that he is the father of a strange little girl who carries secrets that only a woman like his ex-wife can answer. 
When his ex-wife’s killer learns about his daughter’s abilities and decides to come after the young girl, Chance enlists the help of the beautiful and deadly swan-shifting nymph, Harper Cygnini, who helps to teach him the truth of his daughter’s condition.  Chance soon realizes that he alone can’t save his daughter from the sadistic killer and he finds himself in a battle between his head and his heart.  Will Chance gamble on a future that involves falling in love—which may well cost him his life—or is that one bet his is unwilling to take? 
AUTHOR BIO :
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. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing).  She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

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2 comments:

Danica Winters said...

Thank you, Sheila, for having my series on your blog today! I am so glad you enjoyed the books!! Happy Reading,
Danica Winters

Sheila Deeth said...

Thank you Danica. I'm really enjoying the series.