Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review + Giveaway ~ Vanished Pride (Seven Sin Sisters #4) by Paloma Beck

Seven sisters are entwined in a legacy larger than ever expected. One by one, they’ll find their mates from the Valendite Breed, a group of near-immortal men, and secure their place in history. The trouble now is Paige has too much pride to go down easily. When confronted by her mate, she convinces him to wait.

Donovan agrees to Paige’s plan until things around him start to go wrong. He’s losing his concentration, making mistakes on critical missions for the Terrorist Elimination Unit (TEU), and now he’s assigned as Paige’s bodyguard. Donovan’s only weakness is his need for a mate to carry on the Breed. Now that he’s found Paige, the time has come for him to claim his mate. Taking Paige in hand might be the only choice he has as forces continue to mount against the Breed. Their Pronouncement will need to be sooner rather than later.

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I worried about reviewing the fourth book of a series I'd never read, but I believe the author did a commendable job providing connections to her previous work to ground me. While Vanished Pride uses a trope I often cringe at (destined to mate), I found myself curious to see it handled here. Donovan and Paige struck a deal (in the previous book, I'm guessing) that gave her space to chase her dreams while he'd wait. A pesky ticking bomb called genetics lays him low, the instability enough to affect everyone around him. I began to wonder how Paige could resist a man like Donovan to be a world-class pastry chef. Eh? Say What? You wanna make muffins when there's a McHottie Meal waiting for you? The pacing was a bit slow at first, but when we finally get some clear sexy fun times going, you sort of forget what took so long.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by CBLS Promotions or the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.


Excerpt #2:

Knocking once, Donovan entered Madden’s office. The stare of his boss, no, his friend, immediately met him. “We have to talk.”

Donovan grinned, “Those aren’t words you like to hear.” Trying for casual, but suspecting Madden saw right through it, he took a seat and waited.

“Look, Van, I’ve been trying to piece this together for a while now. Shit, maybe even since my own Pronouncement. Something has been off with you. I didn’t plan to get all in your business, but this rut you’re in affected your decision-making in the field. Now I have no choice.” Madden paused and when Donovan said nothing, he continued, “This is going to sound crazy but I think you may have unknowingly made contact with your mate.”

With that statement, Donovan whipped his head up. Madden shouldn’t have figured it out yet, and Van surely didn’t even know. Could he deny knowing anything? He could either play into Madden’s assumptions, or he could come clean. Maybe Madden had something to help Donovan work through this mess.

Jumping in with both feet Donovan said, “I know who my mate is.”

“That’s great,” Madden responded without thought. Then he paused, considering, “then why this mood? And why haven’t we met her?” He cocked his head. It was obvious Madden knew something wasn’t right.

“She asked for time,” Donovan explained.

“What are you talking about? You don’t have time once you’ve made contact. The Claiming is inevitable.”

“Yes, it’s inevitable but not necessarily compelling enough to be immediate.” Donovan shook his head, the absurdity of this conversation taking hold.

“The hormonal surges have to be doing a number on both of you,” Madden hypothesized.

“She’s taking herbs and I’m…handling it-”

Interrupting, Madden said ironically “not very well, Van. You’re not handling it well. No Valendite Breed could handle this situation well. I’ve never heard of such a thing before. What were you thinking?”

“I was thinking if I let her come to me on her own terms, she’d find a way to love me.” Donovan stood and walked to the window where he didn’t have to see the look of sympathy play across Madden’s face. “It’s Paige,” Donovan offered.

“Layla’s sister, Paige?” Madden’s voice was raised and Donovan couldn’t be sure what had him so angry.

“Yes. I tried to talk to her at your Pronouncement. She seemed scared and I remembered Layla, how difficult it was for her, and I couldn’t do that to Paige. I took the next few mission assignments with Seamus to keep out of dodge.” He paused, as if watching the scenes play out before him. “Then at Caedon’s Pronouncement, when I saw her, something snapped and now I can barely fight off the need to claim her.”

“Then I sent you on the recovery mission that went to hell,” Madden filled in.

Donovan nodded. “I was glad to leave again. She still wasn’t ready, says she has these goals and mating will change everything and she can’t leave behind everything she’s worked for.”

“She runs a bakery, right? Who says that has to change?”

“She’s competing in some baker’s competition in France next month. Her goal is to achieve master baker and then she’ll take time off to mate,” Donovan explained what he knew from listening in on Paige’s conversation with her sisters.

“It doesn’t work that way. You don’t plan a mating, a claiming. For Goddess’s sake, you both are getting weaker even if you don’t realize it yet. What were you thinking, Van?” Madden’s voice grew steadily louder until all at once, his voice cut off. Clearing his throat, he asked, “Does my mate know about this?”

Donovan swallowed but held his tongue.

“Donovan. Now. I want the truth right now.”

Donovan nodded. “She’s bound through a silence pact.”

“Dammit. Listen to me Donovan, and heed my warning. You need to claim your mate. You realize Paige’s soul sin is pride. This is the only thing holding her back. She can’t allow something to control her so she calls the shots.” Madden stood and walked over to Donovan. He placed his hand on Donovan’s shoulder and squeezed. “You, my man, are going to have to call the shots now.”

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Paloma Beck is a Romance Author living a life of contradiction... she's a happily married carpooling mom writing erotic romance. It's almost naughty! Paloma writes in both the Contemporary and Paranormal realms, journaling the stories her characters tell her, and they are anything but PG. She dabbles in vampires, witches, menage, spanking and bdsm - all in her books, of course. Paloma believes a daily dose of espresso and a good book make any day better. 

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April 16, 2013

1 comment:

  1. Im really excited that I ran across this author...I cant wait to get home and download this series..