Monday, January 14, 2013

The Nymph's Labyrinth (The Nymph Series #1) by Danica Winters + giveaway

A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed. 

A Shape-shifting nymph, Ariadne, is tasked with keeping the truth of her group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of an American archeologist and his troublemaking son.  When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced to make a choice—fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put everyone’s lives in danger.

Can Ariadne have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of the past keep her from her heart’s desire?

Type: Paranormal Romance, Nymphs/Shifters
Heat: 2.5/3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5/4 out of 5
Info: Crimson Romance Publishing, ebook, 133 pages

If you've been around a while you know I have a thing for authors that try something different. So when I saw a new series featuring Nymphs I was all in and I'm really glad I gave The Nymph's Labyrinth a try. The writing style hooked me right away and had me reaching for my Nook every chance I could during the day.
 With intriguing characters and an interesting take on mythology Winters created a fun world that easily pulled me in.    

The gist? Archaeologist Beau has put everything in his life, including his son, on the back burner as he tries to make a name for himself uncovering an ancient mythological Labyrinth. The very Labyrinth that Aria, along with her sisterhood of Nymphs, has spent thousands of years keeping hidden and protected. Oh yes, drama abounds ;) But these two are good together. There's a little bit of steam to the relationship (some very yummy time spent in the ocean) and a nice addition of humor between them which I always enjoy.
The shower shut off with a loud thump and a bang. The sound perfectly matched the rest of Beau's dingy apartment. Ariadne sat at the desk and listened as the sounds of Beau's grunts filtered out into the bedroom. 
"You okay in there?" 
"Yep. Old, but great," Beau called back. 
He didn't have a clue what old was. 
"Oh, shit," Beau grumbled. 
"What? Did you fall down and break a hip, old man?" 
"Ha ha ha, real funny. No. I forgot my clothes." 
Without meaning to, she smiled. 
"Don't let me stop you from coming out to get them."
One of the things I loved most about this one was that you can really see Aria and Beau changing along the way. Meeting each other really turns each of their lives around and they become better people because of it. I wanted to just cheer for Aria as she finally stood up for herself and what she believes after centuries of being more or less bullied by her "sisters".

And Beau. I had mixed feelings about him in the start. I loved his absolute determination where his work was concerned but at the same time he's been an absentee dad and hasn't seen his son in 10+ years because of it and that, for me, is not a quality I look for in my heroes. But he really surprised me along the way and in the end I found myself very proud of him and the person he became. He manned up after his son landed on his doorstep and I absolutely loved watching their relationship evolve and how hard he worked to make things right.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two being pulled in different directions as they fought between what they thought they wanted or had to accept and what they found they truly desired and needed in their hearts.

With likable characters overcoming all sorts of hurdles thrown in their path, a fresh paranormal twist and a nice plot touched with action The Nymph's Labyrinth was a delightful start to a series that left me wanting to read more from Winters. I'm really curious about how the series is going to play out. If each book will focus on Aria and Beau or if we'll meet some of the other Nymphs. Regardless of which way it goes I'm hooked and can't wait to see what happens next.

*A copy was provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

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Danica Winters is an Amazon best-selling romance author based in Montana. She is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, and Greater Seattle Romance Writers. She is a contributor to magazines, websites, and news organizations. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, the outdoors, and the bliss brought by the printed word.

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  1. As for the question I like all kinds of paranormal characters. I couldn't choose just one because there are so many paranormal books that I enjoy.
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    1. It really is hard to pick just one. I love parts of all the different types :)

      Good luck!

  2. hmmm I would have to say Bones from Night Huntress series! One hot sexy vamp!

  3. The first that came to mind was Phin, the unicorn in the Abby Sinclair series by Allison Pang. He's hilarious!

    1. LOL you know I don't think I've ever read about a unicorn! Very neat!

  4. Paranormal character...well my favorites have always been vampires.

    1. They're definitely one of those tried and true favorites here too!

  5. My favorite paranormal character is vampires.

  6. Vampires are my favorite romantic heroes.

    1. They definitely tend to be one of the favorites out there!

  7. Hum for my kind of favorite paranormal characters i would say shifters ( with a little preference for werewolves) but my favoriet paranormal character is Bones teh vampire in night huntress series by jeaniene frost because he is so loyal and protective hum perfect

    1. He's one of my favorite vamps too Miki! (Him, Zarek from the Dark Hunter series & Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood).

      I'm a shifter girl at heart too. I love the big kitty shifters and the bears :D

  8. Hmm I love vampires, but also cat-shifters, and of course unique creatures like gargoyles and such.

  9. I have always loved Lucien from LOTU...he was the first and I will always love him:)

  10. Ryder from Christie Palmer's new novel Shadow Play. He's an immortal tracker.


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