DNF Review: Condemned by Marianne Morea

Posted July 26th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

DNF Review: Condemned by Marianne Morea

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Condemned

DNF Review: Condemned by Marianne Morea
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Marianne Morea
Series: Cursed by Blood Saga #7
Publisher: Coventry Press Ltd
Release date: July 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Suspense, Romance
Pages: 275
Format: eBook
Source: Social Butterfly PR

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Born to darkness in a time when crusades raged between battling faiths, Dominic De’Lessep is taken prisoner of the blood. Cursed for spurning his maker for delivering him to an existence devoid of light, she condemns him to a life alone, where anyone he dared love, dies.

A millennium later, revenge is all he wants, that is until he meets Belinda Force, a fiery student of antiquities who knows him for what he is and what he plans to do.

Perilously drawn to this mysterious stranger, Belinda ignores the danger in his eyes and the icy touch that makes her body burn. She cannot deny her deep connection to the man and his quest or his raging need for her...even if it kills her. Can true love break the curse that’s held him for a thousand years?

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The Faerie Queen’s review

I was meant to publish this review on release day, but it’s always painful when you’re hopeful about a book and then discover it does not suit you. I was eager to read about vampires who lived through extraordinary historical events, and I liked the idea of an academic struggling to come to terms with the existence of creatures she’s considered legends.

The biggest stumbling block from the beginning was how Dominic came across. Instead of a dark, sexy hero, he came across like a wise, old man. Yes, he is wise, and he is old, but when writing vampire heroes, you need to portray them as experienced but still as youthful as the day they “died”. At best, I could see Dominic being like Ned Stark. Instead of a hot vampire romance, Dominic initially came across as creepy old man lusting over a much younger woman.

In the end, I couldn’t get into the writing style. It was almost like the words and were dancing to two slightly different rhythms, always a half-step out of sync. At 25%, I decided to hang up the towel, acknowledging that this book wasn’t for me.

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About Marianne Morea

Who am I? Well, that's a good question. When most people think of romance suspense authors, the image of Kathleen Turner as Joan Wilder in 'Romancing the Stone' usually comes to mind. A lonely woman sitting in a bathrobe and fuzzy slippers, conjuring lovers and adventure in her imagination. In other words, one step away from being the neighborhood cat lady.

If that description made you cringe, then you know how we writer's feel. Thankfully, for most of us that image is far from accurate.

I have been married for 23 years, have three beautiful kids, two dogs and a cat. I am a 2nd degree black belt in traditional Japanese karate and as I've said, I love to travel and my romantic and spontaneous husband shares that passion with me, so my stories get plenty of inspiration!

In the meantime I am also a founding member and previous President of The Paranormal Romance Guild, a not-for-profit organization for readers and authors of the genre. Of course, I’m still writing and when I’m not ‘bichok’ (butt in a chair hands on keyboard), I'm off with my hubby and our kids to exciting destinations.

Cat lady? I don't think so.

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