Review: Midnight’s Paradox by Isobelle Cate
In Isobelle Cate’s SIXTH erotic paranormal romance, it’s been hundreds of years since immortal Cynn Cryor warrior Blake Strachen buried what little was left of his family. And it’s been three years since his last unsuccessful raid on his nemesis Dac Valerian. Enemies are still at large. Too much is left unfinished.
Restless, Blake is wandering through the deserted streets of Edinburgh in the early morning hours when he encounters the ghost of a woman, a witch hung centuries ago, who speaks cryptically of “the sins of the father”. But before he can ask her what she means, she disappears with the first light of dawn. Dawn means that Blake–a vampire-werewolf-human hybrid–must find shelter, and he stumbles into the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle before visitor hours. But he’s not alone…
Phoebe Ruth has come into work early at the old castle when she notices the dark shadow of a man handling a relic sword with surprising ease. A powerful and disturbingly attractive man. Sparks ignite immediately, the two strangers wordlessly embracing with an uncontrollable passion neither of them understands… But just like that, Blake disappears.
All day, like a stereo needle skipping over a vinyl scratch, Phoebe replays the steamy sexual encounter of the early morning–the hunger that threatened to devour her. Was it just an arousing dream? But when Blake rescues Phoebe from an assault by thugs in the cemetery, each becomes enraptured by the other. Forever.
Phoebe has read of the Cynn Cruors in her father’s journal and believes they’re only the ravings of a grief-stricken man after losing his wife. But after several chance encounters, she begins to realize that the Cynn Cruors’ world is as real as the dark stranger’s bonfire of burning kisses. Both Phoebe and Blake have sordid pasts to sort through. And these chance encounters inexplicably link the two lovers together in more ways than one…
This haunting love story will appeal to romance readers who love a hot steamy erotica series with a paranormal element– supernatural shifters, werewolf romance, and vampire romance (it’s got all of that!) –and plenty of explicit sex.
***CONTENT WARNING: This story contains adult language and sexual situations and is intended for audiences 18+ ONLY. ***
Finn hardened his jaw, looking at the windscreen while Eirene shook her head sadly, her mouth a straight line. “Whatever it is, Blake, it’s not worth it,” Finn said, his voice soft. “You were born a Cynn Cruor, you were trained as a Cynn Cruor. And you will always be a Cynn Cruor. Never forget that.” Blake glanced at Eirene and his chest ached at the unhappiness he saw. She was the sister he wished he had while growing up, but then again, he wouldn’t have wanted a sister to suffer.
REVIEW: The first thing that comes to mind when reading this novel is, wouldn’t it be so nice to truly know if you have found your soulmate? There are so many men and women who think that they have found that one person, who is supposed to be there through thick and thin, love you conditionally, and be that other piece of your heart. More times than not, with divorce percentages as high as they are and cohabitation rates sky-rocketing, it means that either men and women are absolutely happy in the prospect of never forming that supposedly unbreakable bond—or they are fearful of it not being their forever. In this series, Cate explains the process of the mating ritual and the meaning behind “forever”.
Blake is confused and lost. He has grown up as Cynn Cruor, but he can’t help feeling like a traitor to his blood. When he was young, his mother and father mated, but then his father left them—never to return—causing his mother much pain and grief until her untimely death. This story is about Blake’s search to find what was lost. In doing so, he happens to find Phoebe, a Cynn mortal, who he can see sharing his entire life with—but his mind holds more weight over his heart. He feels that it would be a betrayal to have a mate, knowing that his blood is impure—the blood of the enemy, Scatha Cruor. When his father kidnaps Phoebe, he is reminded of the differences between father and son. His Cynn Cruor brothers and sisters have never stopped caring for him, and now he may need them more than ever to save Phoebe. But, can he finally tell them the truth about who he truly is? Will they continue to accept him?
Cate does a great job with character development. All of her characters are continuously portrayed with accurate precision from the previous novels within this series. The writing isn’t as clean as the one of the other installments previously read, but not as to really hinder the enjoyment of the novel. This story is a fast-paced novel like the others, which makes it very easy to read. If you are a reader of paranormal romance, you may enjoy reading this book. It can be read as a standalone, but it may be beneficial to begin reading the series from the first installment for an entire understanding of all characters.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Isobelle Cate, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Midnight’s Paradox by Isobelle Cate.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
That is my official bio. Honestly? I’m just an ordinary woman who loves reading, letting the words flow through me and lift me up. I like baking snickerdoodles and Russian tea cakes. My son loves baking them too, well at least after licking the batter off the bowl. Ha! I make a mean beef stew derived from my grandmother’s secret recipe. Except for my Uncle and me, no one knows exactly how it’s done. I love swimming though I don’t get to do that much now. Someday, I’d like to go back to it.
I do love myths and legends, love watching documentaries, and I do belong to a huge clan that is scattered across North America, Oceania, and Asia. Now that I’m living in the UK, add Europe.
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