By: Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
Published: April 25, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Paranormal, Thriller
Heat Level: Spicy
Date: May 26, 2014
Dodie Chase has a terrible crush on her neighbor, Christian Casillo. But a man like him—karate blackbelt, exotic dancer and romance novel cover stud—could never be interested in a mouse like her.
And thoughts of romance fly out of her head when her best friend’s boyfriend is brutally murdered, leaving Mindy white-haired and in shock. An evil clown, a creature from Dodie’s worst nightmares, is pursuing everyone she loves—and she starts to realize that Christian is among them.
The evil that are clowns strikes again. While it sounds like I jest, I’m really not. This is one mean clown and is hell bent on making Dodie’s life a living hell. Hurting everyone she loves and cares for. Austin, Texas has been overrun by evil and only one man can save us. Yes, I can say us, because I live in Austin. *smiles*
Christian is a man of many talents; from being on the top of every woman’s fantasies to kick butt demon killer. He has only one problem though, his neighbor, Dodie. From the moment he sees her, he has wanted her, but she won’t give him the time of day. Determined, Christian begins his campaign for her heart, but what he doesn’t know is that she has wanted him for just as long. Their love and lust are epic, but there is something wrong and he can’t quite put his finger on it.
Who would have thought that you can mix horror and romance? While the elements are scary and heck some people think clowns are the most evil thing out there, but truthfully, I wasn’t too scared. As a fan of paranormal, we all know there are some really scary beings out there. Strange Days was still up there with its scare appeal, but I don’t think you need to be too worried if you are not a huge fan of horror.
In the romance department, oh my I melted. Christian is really an amazing guy. I have met some cover models and he really personifies the men I have met. They are charming, yet likeable. Amazingly good looking, but not conceited. He knows people gravitate to him because of his looks, but he doesn’t let his looks own him. He is attracted to a woman who doesn’t think she is good enough and the way he loves and treats her is so sweet. We could all use a Christian in our lives.
I need to also give props to the two supporting characters. You would think that Mindy would have lost her mind with what happened to her, but she is one resilient woman and I can’t wait for her story. Jonah is Christian’s blood-oathed brother. Ms. Royce doesn’t shine too bright of a light on him, just enough to peak your interest, but you can see major potential. Their story is going to be a fun one, because we will get to enjoy two very spunky people.
Strange Days is the beginning of a new series, Shadow Promised. It’s a common story of good versus evil, but with a twist. A classic storyline that never gets old and I do believe Ms. Royce has a very action packed, romance filled hit on her hands.