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Dark Waltz, a Praestani Novel (#1)Published November 9th 2012 by A.M. Hargrove
Attention: This is an ADULT Book!
Dark Waltz--A sizzling legend of loss, lust and love.
It’s the year 2030 and the human population has been annihilated by a virulent form of small pox. Liasare Davidson is desperately searching for her brother, who has been missing for three months. It’s been eighteen years since she was evacuated from Earth and she is horrified to see it’s become a cesspool of unimaginable things.
In her quest to find her brother, she meets Jurek, a powerful and enigmatic being that frightens her, yet she is unable to resist. When things begin to unfold between them, they both discover a paralyzing truth that puts Liasare at grave risk. She must make a choice to join Jurek and find her brother or fulfill a role she believes she is ill equipped to undertake.
My Thoughts: This is the first book I have read by A.M. Hargrove and I am now officially a big fan. I loved Dark Waltz. I have always been a fan of fantasy and science fiction, and Dark Waltz has both with some super hot romance, which makes this one great read. Set in a futuristic world, Sarah, who with the help of her Vesturon friend Shondra, changes her identity in order to go back to Earth, to find her brother Tommy, who has disappeared. Earth as she knew it no longer exists, and in the 18 years since she has been gone, it has gotten worse. An evil race of aliens known as Xanthians have invaded Earth, and no human is safe anymore. Now known as Liasare Davidson, she comes back with a vengeance and determination to do whatever she has to in order to find her brother. What she wasn't prepared for was Jurek, who changes her life and rocks her world. Liasare isn't sure exactly what Jurek is. I mean she knows he is hot, oozes with sex appeal, is arrogant, and possesses a power that she is drawn to and cannot explain. Somehow their destiny is intertwined and as the story progresses and things begin to unravel regarding this, Liasare finds herself the key to something so big she isn't sure if she, or anyone else for that matter can survive.
I really loved Liasare's character. She was headstrong, funny, far from perfect, screwing up and putting her foot in her mouth more times than she would like, yet extremely loyal and willing to do anything for those she loves. She's been through a difficult past and has faced things physically, mentally, and emotionally that many would not have survived. She is quite the heroine. Jurek.....I hated him, loved him, wanted to slap him, wanted to devour him, didn't like him, and then loved him some more. Jurek is a force to be reckoned with. He is the leader of Praestani people, radiates power and authority, and expects people to do what he says when he says it. Women fall all over themselves for him, and he has a history of being quite the ladies man, and OMG is this man sexy. He has quite the temper, and Liasare is afraid of him, yet drawn to him, and it isn't in her personality to put up with his or anybody else's crap, so she finds herself in verbal altercations which wind up physical more than once. The chemistry between these two is undeniable. Neither can deny their feelings for the other, and the relationship and ensuing romance between these two is entertaining, humorous, and off the charts hot. I loved watching their relationship develop, and especially loved seeing the changes that took place in Jurek as it did. He is one possessively fierce dude, but he loves just a fiercely and would do anything to keep Liasare safe.
The plot was intense and included some really horrific creatures, some kickass battle scenes, and the characters faced some really dangerous situations, especially Liasare, who finds herself being hunted by one of the scariest beings ever, and near death on more than one occasion. The book captivated my attention from beginning to end. There are some great secondary characters also. The story, characters and places they visited were creative and well-developed, and the romance was outstanding and had some extremely hot sexy scenes that will leave you breathless. I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Waltz and I cannot wait to read to read more of Liasare and Jurek's story. This is a great read and I highly recommend it.
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“Going somewhere?” that husky voice asked.
She sucked in her breath and dropped her weapon, as his voice startled her. Before her brain could comprehend what was happening, she felt her body swirling through a vortex. She finally came to rest in another place.
Disoriented and dizzy, she tried to focus on her surroundings, but everything seemed to tilt sideways. She reached out her hand to stop herself from falling, but only succeeded in grabbing a fistful of air. Not knowing which way was up or down, she tried, unsuccessfully, to break her fall. Instead, she felt her breath leave her body in awhoosh as she slammed into the ground.
Fighting for oxygen, her diaphragm wouldn’t cooperate with her brain’s commands. Worse yet, she felt a pair of hands latch onto her waist, drag her to her feet and ram her back into a wall. Her head hung down as she fought to draw in precious oxygen, yet found she was still unable to do so. Then the asshole had the nerve to jam his arm straight into her diaphragm and start demanding things of her.
“Who do you work for?”
Her mouth opened and closed repeatedly, like a poor fish that had been hauled out of the water, desperate to be thrown back in.
“I’ll ask again, who do you work for?” he bit out each word with precision.
Things began to turn grey and hazy as the lack of air finally took its toll on her brain. She knew she was going to pass out.
Double crapitty crap!
Her head lolled to the side and...blink, lights out.
Jurek looked at her and cursed, “What the f**k?”
He hadn’t realized she was so close to losing it. He laid her out on the floor and looked at her for a moment. She wasn’t beautiful in that traditional, cookie-cutter sense, but there was something about her that enticed him. Her chestnut mane for one, and Jurek had always been a sucker for women with beautiful hair, but those hazel eyes of hers were something else. Her full lips were kissably soft, he thought, as he ran his thumb along her mouth. He finally placed his hand on her forehead and in seconds, she came to, moaning.
Her eyes fluttered open and when the recognition in them flickered, those hazel eyes shot sparks of gold. Hovering before her was the dark haired man from the bar. She wouldn’t have had to open her eyes to know it was him since every cell in her body was on fire with his power.
Soft black hair hung close to his shoulders and he wore it brushed back off his face. Liasare briefly wondered if it would feel as soft as it looked. He had a bit of scruff on his face; he obviously hadn’t bothered to shave in the last couple of days. His lips were full and sensuous and definitely made for kissing. In fact, Liasare could imagine running her tongue along that lower lip of his, tugging on it and gently sucking it. What made her nearly lose it were his eyes. They were extraordinary. Lavender, rimmed in indigo with flecks of silver swirling within their depths, Liasare had never seen anything so stunning in her life.
Regaining her senses, Liasare flew to her feet and threw a right uppercut that connected beneath Jurek’s jaw. Had he been a lesser man, it would have laid him out. Then she spun on her heel and began the motion for an intended groin kick, but his quick reflexes caught her leg before it connected and he flicked it off with his hand.
“You flaming asshole. Who do you think you are? You f**king knock the wind out of me and then you do it again for shits and giggles? Who the hell do you think you are?”
“Watch your language and I’m asking the questions here.”
“Not anymore,” Liasare hissed as she turned to head out of the building.
Before she could take another step, an arm snaked out and grabbed her around the waist. He pulled her tightly against his chest and whispered huskily into her ear, “I asked you a question. I want to know who you’re working for and I don’t intend to let you go until I get an answer.”
His voice washed over her with that electrifying intense heat. She felt her skin erupt in a million goose bumps as every hair on her body stood at attention.
Damn him, she thought. How can he have this kind of power over me? F**k!
“You have no idea Brownie.”
“Mmm. Brownie. For that glorious mane of hair you have.” His hand spanned across her stomach and she felt a million butterflies suddenly erupt as he hugged her tightly against him.
“I’ll bet you taste better than one too.” If she could have turned around she would have seen the corners of his mouth turn up as he baited her.
"Boss, is that you?"
"Why yes, A. M., who else would be answering my phone?"
"Er... right. Well, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbucks near the interstate."
"Why ever would I want to do that?"
"Because I quit you idiot!"
A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.
"Hi hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?"
"Sure... Having some car trouble?"
"Not at all. I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job."
"It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist."
So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks. Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love. Survival is her first book in the series and her second, Resurrection will be released in January.
If you're wondering, it didn't happen EXACTLY that way, but....