Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blog Tour Review: Symphony of Light and Winter by @ReneaMason1

Symphony of Light and Winter by Renea Mason


One woman. Seven men. All bound by one man’s undying devotion.

Fundraiser Linden Hill has a knack for reading people. She always knows which conversations will put a prospect at ease, which drink will loosen a patron’s lips—or his wallet, and how cleavage will make a donor sweeten the deal. She’s even foreseen her dateless weekends four hundred and sixty-four times in a row.

But ten years after watching life drain from her former mentor’s and first love’s eyes, her skills for divining the predictable are lost. When Cyril returns, he’s still gorgeous, but this time he’s beyond human, far less dead, and pissed. His lack of memory drives him to desperate acts, and his turbulent re-acquaintance with Linden pulls her into his war with a creature hell-bent on his destruction. His group of six supernatural men share a tantalizing secret, but despite the hunger, it’s love that leads her to sacrifice everything to save him…      


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my. What an amazingly different book. First of all, the initial interactions Linden had with Cyril were so hot I had actual dreams about them. *Fanning self*  Talk about making my imagination run wild. Cyril was this awful caveman of a man at the beginning but the pull between him and Linden was undeniable and beyond explanation.

Cyril doesn’t remember Linden at all but he can sense his blood in her and that tells him she has somehow stolen from him in the past. He’d kill her for the betrayal if only he weren’t so drawn to her. The reader is left in the dark as much as Cyril—Linden remembers their first encounters vividly but we only get small pieces of information from her. We know that they shared something special, tender, and real and the rest is a mystery that Linden is not willing to share with the new and angrier Cyril. This is where the prequel novella comes in handy because in the novella Cyril was very clear that he’d been drawn to one particular woman all his life and one of his biggest fears was one day being reborn and not remembering her after his death. We find out that he is a paranormal being that is more than human and that he lives many lives, returning after each death with some but not all of his memories. He explains that after each death he doesn’t choose what memories he comes back with and which ones are lost forever.

Finally, gloriously, Cyril tricks Linden into a vulnerable situation and he is able to read her mind and explore her memories. The reader, along with Cyril, finally gets to uncover the history they shared. Now we get to experience not only the sexy caveman that is the current Cyril but the amazing, gentle Cyril that Linden knew and fell in love with ten years ago.

Of course, this is a paranormal story and as such has a villain trying to murder the powerful Cyril and thus begins a very action-filled plot that must be continued in book #2. I did have a few bones to pick with some of the action scenes near the end of the story but I so loved the interaction between Cyril and Linden that I will be first in line to see where Ms. Mason takes them in the next book in the series. I read SYMPHONY OF LIGHT AND WINTER quickly and ravenously and found it to be all-consuming and absolutely delicious.

**Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.

**Reviewed by preppea on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews.

About the Author:

Renea Mason writes steamy romances to help even out the estrogen to testosterone imbalance caused by living in a house full of men.

When she isn’t putting pen to paper crafting sensual stories filled with supernatural lovers, she spends time with her beyond-supportive husband, two wonderful sons and three loving but needy cats.

Renea is a member of Romance Writers of America, The Paranormal Romance Guild and The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal subchapter of the Romance Writers of America.

She is also a founding member of the Coffee Talk Writers.

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