Apr 19, 2013

Review: The Soother by Elle J. Rossi


Calliope the Soother is a witch devoting her life to easing the pain and misery of others, drawing out the darkness and replacing it with light.


A powerful wizard by birthright, Krystoff Dubhar’s tainted blood carries shadows destined to possess his mind and soul. Only with outlawed, dangerous blood magick can he hold the shadows at bay.


In the shadowed realm of Mistropa, Krystoff falls to overwhelming odds. Just as the Queen of Shadows is about to claim his power—and his life, Calliope hears the foreboding cry of the banshee, and the Soother becomes the wizard’s savior. As Calliope heals her mysterious fanged enemy, her heart is sent into overdrive. Is her accelerated pulse prompted by fear or desire? Either way, Krystoff's shadowed presence proves dangerous. His sensual words ignite a fire long held dormant. His kiss reveals a forbidden passion.


Seeking vengeance, the Queen’s dark army turns the Soother’s village into a battleground rife with death and destruction. Calliope fights to save her coven. Krystoff fights to save the Soother who has captured his heart. One bite changes everything. Can love survive the never-ending battle between light and dark?

:my thoughts:

Having not read the first book in this installment, I was a little nervous about jumping right into the second. However, this book stood well on its own and I had no problem sinking right into The Soother.

I love the author’s writing style and the depth she goes into with detail. Whichever world I was consumed by, dark or light, I always felt affected by it whether it was the chill of the shadows or the whimsy of Calliope’s home.

Calliope is a soother, a witch very much in tune to the emotions and intentions around her. You can't help but admire her compassion and strength. Darkness drains her while beauty and happiness fill her.  She's one of the good girls, determined to stay on the side of the light. Temptation, however, is a powerful force, and her resistance is futile against Krystoff, our sexy little love interest.

I'm usually not a huge fan of instant butterflies in the stomach, which is what happens between Krystoff and Calliope, but hey, I knew I was getting into a romance novel, so I did my best to just go with the flow. The electricity and attraction between them definitely keeps your attention, and those two absolutely had me rooting for them, I'm just one of those readers that likes a little build up before characters go gooey for each other. 

The side characters were awesome too! Sometimes I feel like they get left behind, but I felt that they were very well developed. Bevva is one especially that I'm a fan of.

The action in this book hits the ground running and doesn't stop. Between Krystoff's and Calliope's interesting combination and the determination of the evil, nasty, horrible Riona, this book is difficult to put down. 

Recommend! Especially for those who are into romance novels with that paranormal twist.

Elle J Rossi grew up in rural Indiana surrounded by great people, a huge family and more animals than she could count. But the sites and sounds of the world beckoned, so she left her small town to escape into a creative world full of music. As a full time singer she was able to lose herself in a thousand different songs in a hundred different places. After meeting the love of her life and settling down, she yearned to find a new and fulfilling creative outlet. Overly fond of the happily ever after, she wondered what it would be like to have her own characters lead her down dark and twisted paths. The very first word on the very first page sealed her fate. She’d found a new love. She’d found her escape. Now along with weaving haunting tales about the journey to love, she’s creating cover art for authors around the world and loving every second of it. For fun, she cranks country music to take her back to her roots, and sings karaoke anytime she gets a chance. Her husband, two children, and a cat that rules the roost keep her company along the way and guarantee she doesn’t get lost in the enchanted forest. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

:book one:

When Meera Brennan learns she’s a Luminary, one of the most powerful witches in existence, it rocks her already fragile world. The revelation explains the disturbing episodes that made her question her sanity, but does little to soothe the sting of discovering her life is now at risk. To save herself and keep peace within the veiled community, Meera will have to hone her powers and brave an ancient realm to destroy the slayer’s magickal source. She alone must dispel chaos and ensure the balance of good and evil for all mankind.

Banished and stripped of his guardian powers because of a witch, Ghanem Adamo, former prince of the Saharren realm, receives a chance at redemption when his estranged father reveals an immortal battle destined to alter all realms. In order to protect the innocent, regain his title and reunite with his family, Ghanem must destroy the slayers’ source of power and bring down their terrorizing leader.

Her life . . .

Or his throne . . .

When the war against the slayers force Meera and Ghanem to work together, more than magickal sparks fly. Challenged by fate, can love survive a nefarious battle that can result in only one prize?


Happy Reading Everyone :)

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