Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Niteclif Evolutions, Book 1: Legacy by Denise Tompkins Book Tour

About the book:
When Fate makes you her bitch, accept it and adapt. Or die.

Looking back on the wish she made on Midsummer’s Eve, Maddy Niteclif should have been more specific. She only wanted to escape the shadowy nightmares that plagued her nights, not to be thrust into a completely altered reality.

If a strangely familiar, sexy dragon-shifter named Bahlin, who causes a never-to-be-mentioned-again fainting spell, isn’t enough to make her question her sanity, his insistence she’s the Niteclif ought to do the job. Prophesied super-sleuth of the supernatural world—a world that desperately needs her help—isn’t a job she’s remotely qualified for no matter what her family tree says.

Catapulted into a very different London ruled by dark mythology, mystery and murder, Maddy makes a few startling discoveries. Paranormal creatures exist. Getting shot really sucks. And her body responds remarkably well to dragon magic—in more ways than simple wound healing.

But in this kill-or-be-killed world, reality bites. And Maddy must choose to go back to what she knows…or stay and fight for the man she knows she can’t live without.

Warning: This book contains a shape-shifting dragon with a Scottish accent, modern and archaic weapons, global inter-species politics that make democracy seem mild, some very steamy sex underground, a severed head, murder, and…oh yeah…a woman caught in the middle of it all.

My Review:
Maddy Nitecliff has found herself in a rather strange situation.  After making a wish on Midsummer's Eve, she finds herself inundated with the supernatural.  Apparently she has triggered an ancient legacy to be the ultimate crime solver for the paranormal realm in and around London.  But she isn't alone in this life changing experience.  The shape-shifting dragon, Bahlin, has appointed himself her guardian and teacher, doing his best to guide her and ease her way into her new life.

But Bahlin has more than just a little crush on Maddy, which only complicates their professional relationship.  As he tries to show her his true feelings, he only seems to be making things worse when a spree of murders strikes the paranormal realm.  Maddy finds herself on the case, with Bahlin at her side.  She needs to find the murderer, stay alive, and figure out who she can really trust, because this time the entire world could be at stake.

As one of the books with a mystery aspect that I didn't guess the answer to within a couple chapters, this book scored major points.  The story was so involving that I found myself following the characters instead of trying to predict what they would do or find solutions to their problems.  Much like real people, they were a bit unpredictable.  The way the paranomal world overlapped and meshed with then normal world as we know it was fantastic.  The variety of creatures encountered kept me constantly wondering what I would get to see next.

There was a good chunk of romance, and it was done very well.  Maddy was not the kind of person to let just anyone take her to bed.  It was refreshing to see such a strong female role played out in a romance.


For more stops on the tour see the list below.  Take a few minutes and check out what others have to say about this great book.

  • October 18th – Jaidis S. @ Juniper Grove

  • October 19th – Florence P. @ Romance Me

  • October 19th – Kristen T. @ Seeing Night Book Reviews

  • October 20th – Tammy G. @ News and Reviews from the Heart of the Dragons Den

  • October 21st – Paula P. @ The Phantom Paragrapher

  • October 24th – Laurie J. @ Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

  • October 25th – Sheila H. @ The Dark Circle

  • October 26th – S.J.W. @ Fantasy Cookie

  • October 26th – Jasmyn No. @ Jasmyn’s Reviews

  • October 27th – Lea. R. @ Journey Reader

  • October 28th – Aparajita B. @ Le’ Grande Codex

  • October 31st – Beverly G. @ Everyone Loves A SiNner

  • November 1st – Aubrie Di. @ Flutey Words

  • November 2nd – Lindsay H @ Everyday Is An Adventure

  • November 3rd – Krystal L. @ Live To Read

  • November 4th – Shandy S. @ Mama Knows Books

  • November 7th – Wendy Mi. @ Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears

  • November 9th – Lena Sl. @ Lena Sledge’s Blog…Books, Reviews and Interviews

  • November 10th – Krishna A. @ Journey with Books

  • November 11th – Farrah K. @ The Book Faery Reviews

  • November 14th – Hywela L. @ Hywela Lyn: Romance That’s ‘Out Of This World’

  • November 15th – Lisa Ma. @ A Casual Reader’s Blog

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    1 comment:

    Denise said...

    Thank you for such a thoughtful review! I sincerely appreciate it, and that the characters drew you in so thoroughly? A total win for me as an author.

    With a world of thanks,