Thursday, May 1, 2014

Release Day Launch: Gilded Destiny by Nola Sarina

Gilded Destiny by Nola Sarina is the first book in the Vesper series and today it is being re-released with a new cover, new chapters and a never before seen previews of Jaded Touch.

Title: Gilded Destiny
Series: Vesper #1
Author: Nola Sarina
Genre: Paranormal
Event organised by: InkSlinger PR

The new release edition features a brand new cover, additional chapters and a never-before-seen preview of Jaded Touch.

A woman's memory returns when she falls in love with the monster who took it from her.

Calli tattoos her skin to fill the holes in her memory, thanks to an accident that left her mind damaged and empty. But a nasty encounter with a fired employee leaves her in the arms of her unlikely savior: Nycholas, a predatory, serpentine Vesper on the run from his brutal master.

Nycholas’ clandestine world holds the secrets to mankind’s origin and survival… but he only wants one thing before his time is up: a few colorful nights with Calli, the fragile, tattooed, human woman he pursued and saved.

The more Calli learns about Nycholas, the more her own darkened memories return to her. Despite her haunted past, she loses herself to passion and desire with her immortal captor.

Now, Calli must overcome the demons of her past, or allow Nycholas to kiss her memories away and spare her the trauma of loving a doomed immortal. But each choice comes with dire consequences – some that endanger not only herself, but her family as well.

It's been a little while since I've read a paranormal novel and I had forgotten just how much I enjoy that genre.  The exposure to a parallel world in which immortal (or other supernatural) beings interact with humans, sometimes without the humans understanding exactly what it is they're dealing with; a reality that just verges on impossible to believe, but also has enough substance to it that you really can't completely discount it - I do love paranormal!!

Gilded Destiny introduced me to the Vespers.  An immortal, vampire like being with a history reaching back to the Garden of Eden.  The Vespers are an interesting 'race' and I found myself wanting to know more about them and their history.  What became apparent was the battle between the expectations of their 'maker' (Levitiqas) and their residual, human morals/beliefs.  While Levitiqas controlled the Vespers with violence, cruelty and by removing their memories, the Vespers, particularly Nycholas, retained enough of themselves to challenge the rules.

Calli is the 'female lead' in Gilded Destiny.  A strong woman, grappling with the aftermath of a serious accident and memory loss associated with that.  She encounters Nycholas one evening and her reality alters significantly.  I liked Calli, although I did think she handled some of the situations she faced a little too stoicly.  She was witness to some rather gruesome events and she managed to keep her composure entirely. While I appreciated in many cases her survival instinct was driving her reactions I did find it a little hard to believe.

Gilded Destiny is described as a novella - around 120 pages, so not long.  While I really enjoyed the pace at which the story moved, there were some sections where I would have liked a little more detail.  Of course not having the information printed on the page didn't stop my mind from wandering and creating my own scenarios! 

3.5 out of 5 stars

Nola Sarina is a paranormal romance, dark fantasy, and erotica author from Alberta, Canada. She loves weaving romances that leave you breathless and challenge typical relationships with the most mind-blowing twists. Nola will also be at RTCon in New Orleans this month. Stalk her down and say hi for some swag!

Represented by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency, Nola is the author of the spicy hot dark fantasy Vesper series. Taking vampires to a whole new level, the Vespers in Gilded Destiny & Jaded Touch live dangerously sexy lives in a harsh world of the balance between mortals and immortals.

Nola is also the co-author of Wild Hyacinthe and THE CORE with friend Emily Faith. Wild Hyacinthe portrays sexy, alpha hero from a unique perspective: an incubus who can't help but kill, while THE CORE invites every reader to throw stereotypes out the window, strip down, and get dirty.

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