Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: "My Familiar Stranger" by Victoria Danann

"My Familiar Stranger"
Author: Victoria Danann
Series: The Order of the Black Swan #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 375
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Source: Author in exchange for honest review.
Published: April 21, 2012 by 7th House

Goodreads Blurb:
A secret society, hot guys, and vampires come together for a once in a lifetime adventure and a once in a lifetime opportunity proving that true love can find you in the strangest places, even far, far from home.

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Victoria Danann is one of the hottest new talents in paranormal romance, emphasis on romance. A kiss of literacy climaxes in true love. Think Anne Rice meets Kresley Cole. -The Paranormal Romantic

This book is not the usual paranormal story that I am used to reading. It is way better. ... There are many surprises and in this reviewer's opinion this book had it all. - The Paranormal Romance Guild

My Familiar Stranger was a wonderfully engrossing paranormal romance with just a dash of science fiction that grabbed me from page one and didn't let go! Ms. Danann absolutely knows how to get a series going. - Bitten by Paranormal Romance

My Familiar Stranger is a very complex book that is beautiful and heartwarming. There are numerous laugh out loud moments, as well as several nail biting edge of your seat moments. The adventure quotient is high, but not too much so. The romance in the novel is built in seamlessly, exquisitely enhancing the story. - Night Owl Reviews

Go sneak off to your reading nook, get comfy and get ready to dive into a new dimension with horrors, villains and true love that will keep the pages turning till the very end leaving you wanting more, but satisfied! - Addicted to Reading

Paranormal romance isn't a genre I usually read but after reading the plot, I was intrigued by this book and decided to broaden my reading horizons and give it a try. I'm so glad I did because I devoured the book in less than two days! - Book Nympho

Minutes ahead of inevitable assassination, Elora Laiken is forceably transported to an alternate dimension similar, but not identical, to her own. She is stranded. Alone. Far from home. A stranger in a "strangish" land.

Of course a girl could suffer worse problems than having gorgeous suitors. Perhaps more importantly, in the midst of an epidemic of vampire related abductions, can she stay alive long enough to choose between an honor debt, true love, or the breathlessness of single-minded passion?

My Familiar Stranger is a full length, stand alone, Paranormal Romance novel that also sets up the foundation for the Black Swan series. It is loved by fans of paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and urban fantasy.

Erotica quotient: A few steamy scenes. No menage. No BDSM.

My Review:
Overall I really enjoyed this book. Elora is pushed through a tumbling tunnel to escape murderers and she finds herself badly wounded and in another dimension much like her own. Ram's first instinct is to kill her when she suddenly appears out of nowhere covered in blood. Storm takes the lead and saves Elora's life then nurses her back to health falling in love at the same time. Elora happens to land in the Black Swan society where they defeat paranormal threats such as vampires. Later Ram realizes that Elora is his intended mate but has he already blew his chances by wanting her dead? 

This is definitely a love triangle story although it does wrap up nicely in the end. Overall I really enjoyed the story and I think it had a good plot. The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is that the writing didn't really flow to me it felt real choppy. But a excellent read no doubt.

I would highly recommend reading this book especially for paranormal romance fans. I'll be keeping my eye out for the next book in this series. 

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