Dorchester Publishing, August 25, 2009
What fortune awaited sweet, timid Percy Parker at Athens Academy? Hidden in the dark heart of Victorian London, the Romanesque school was dreadfully imposing, a veritable fortress, and little could Percy guess what lay inside. She had never met its powerful and mysterious Professor Alexi Rychman, knew nothing of the growing shadows, of the Ripper and other supernatural terrors against which his coterie stood guard. She saw simply that she was different, haunted, with her snow white hair, pearlescent skin, and uncanny gift. This arched stone doorway was a portal to a new life, to an education far from what could be had at a convent—and it was an invitation to an intimate yet dangerous dance at the threshold of life and death…
Heat Rating: 1 (no sex, tons of sexual tension)
Reviwer rating; 5 Stars
GUEST REVIEW BY AUTHOR LINDA BANCHE :
Every so often, you find a book that really knocks your socks off. If I could, I would give The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber 100 stars. There are no superlatives too great to describe this well-written, exciting historical romantic fantasy.
With a skillful touch, Ms. Hieber weaves ancient Greek myths into a breathtaking tale of creatures from Hell who terrorize Victorian London. The Guardians, humans endowed with supernatural powers, contain the hell-spawn, but at a terrible price to themselves. Romance abounds in the unrequited love of several of the Guardians for each other. Into this seething mix comes Miss Percy Parker, who, with her snow-white skin and hair, has been an outcast all her young life.
I won’t tell you what “Percy” is short for, because that would give part of the story away, and I hate spoilers. But Miss Parker is an ancient myth reborn to bring to a final end the life and death struggle between Heaven and Hell. The battle comes in the next volume (the sequel’s title will give some of the story away), as well as the conclusion of the story of Percy and Alexi, the leader of the Guardians. I love authors who can write pictures with words, and Ms. Hieber is one of the best. She infuses the story with layers of description and emotion that sweep you along at a breakneck pace to the explosive finale. I hope she has tons of success. She deserves it.
** At time of review the Kindle version of thsi title is $5.79 **
I’m Linda Banche and I write witty, sweet/sensual Regency romances with nary a rake or royal in sight. Most stories contain humor, some fantasy, and occasionally a little paranormal or science fiction. But comedy is my love, and I’ve created my own wacky blend of humor and Regency with stories that can elicit reactions from a gentle smile to a belly laugh. I’m a two-time EPICON finalist, I live in New England and I like aerobics and ducks. So, laugh along with me on a voyage back to the Regency era. Me and my ducks. Quack. http://www.lindabanche.com http://lindabanche.blogspot.com