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Monday, August 2, 2010
Review - The Envoy by Delilah K. Stephans
Title: The Envoy
Author: Delilah K. Stephans
Publisher: Lyrical Press Inc.
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Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
Danger and passion stalk the cool southern nights.
When Diana Matthews waited on Francisco Bolle at Electronic Avenue, she never imagined the dangerous world of vampires was more than mere myth. Nor did she imagine one would come to her rescue when three thugs confronted her after work. Fascinated with his old world charm, Diana can't resist being drawn to Francisco even though his true nature is as frightening as it is fascinating.
Francisco Bolle is intrigued by the feisty, petite sales clerk. But when an old enemy returns to challenge the laws of Vampire society, danger and death might come between them. Diana had just started to accept what he is when the worst side of himself surfaces.
Can Francisco and Diana survive the danger? More importantly, can they survive their love?
There's just something about a good book to curl up with that makes everything just right, and you have to love a writer that understands this concept. Luckily, Delilah K. Stephens definitely did not forget to include anything when writing The Envoy adding interesting characters, sparkling dialogue, plenty of action and steamy sex scenes to her novel to insure maximum entertainment for her readers. And did I mention a sexy vampire to curl up with on that balmy night? Francisco Bolle has all the charm of an old world vampire, old fashioned manners paired with the modern crime fighting abilities of a James Bond. Is it any wonder the book's heroine, Diana Matthews, is so conflicted?
There was something so fascinating about The Envoy, the interaction between the main characters Francisco and Diana and the equally entertaining secondary characters that just elevated the novel to a higher level. Without giving away too much of the story, I truly enjoyed Ms. Stephan's inclusion of vampire history and lore and how that factored into the moral decisions the different characters make in the story. I found her use of subplots masterful, and the vampire history just as interesting and imaginative. In a time when so many authors are venturing into the paranormal/vampire genre it takes a brave one to dive into a crowded pool, but it does help to stand head and shoulders above the rest! Congrats!