Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Review: PASSION'S SACRED DANCE by Juli D. Revezzo

Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise--but can she trust him?

Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help--even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.
If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron's budding love might only complicate things.


PASSION'S SACRED DANCE is a paranormal romance in a contemporary setting with ancient Celtic mythology interwoven throughout the story.  Juli D. Revezzo writes with clean, direct pose that flows well.  The heroine, Stacy Macken, is struggling to find a way to save her art gallery but the city government isn't listening so she's looking for an outside investor. Aaron Fielding is a mysterious magic man, a champion, a harshad warrior and all around good guy.

There's a lot going on, a lot to love, including a hot man with a sword.  The adventure kicks off immediately with the heroine being attacked by a silver-eyed, vamp-toothed monster intent on murder 'n mayhem. Luckily, it's the hero to the rescue, brandishing his mystical blade. The action scene was exciting and smoothly executed. Unfortunately, the heroine adopts a bad attitude toward being rescued instead of expressing gratitude. When a man saves you from a monster, the proper response is "Thanks!" not "Thanks but I didn't need your help."  (Sorry, top pet peeve of mine.)

I'm not very familiar with Celtic mythology but I felt it was well explained and integrated. I loved the uniqueness of the magic, which was quite different from anything else in the genre. And the "Swiss Army Knife" weapon really rocked. The Harbingers are freaky scary and served as a great source of external conflict and dramatic suspense.  The climatic buildup continues with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

There's a warm buzz of attraction between Stacy and Aaron from the moment they meet.  The pair share great chemistry, including some fun, flirty dialogue. Initially, there's a bit of back and forth, but Stacy gradually deals with her skepticism and comes around to a new understanding of the world. Love scenes fall somewhere between sensual to sizzling, but aren't as explicit as most erotic romance.

PASSION'S SACRED DANCE is a recommended read for lovers of paranormal romance stories with plenty of fast paced action and romantic love with a happily ever after ending.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

If you’d like to read more, Passion’s Sacred Dance is available on Kindle from Amazon, and coming soon to other venues. I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy the magic!

About Juli D. Revezzo:

Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of Independent Authors Network and Magic Appreciation Tour. Passion’s Sacred Dance is her first romance novel.

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