Book Review

by P.C. Cast

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Paranormal Romance

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Mikado "Mikki" Empousai has inherited her family's extraordinary gift for cultivating roses. For generations, the women of Empousai have used drops of their blood to help grow these magnificent roses. Generally, Mikki lives a typical life in Tulsa, but recently she has been having strange and erotic dreams about a man/beast she can't quite see. Then through a quirk of fate, Mikki accidentally performs an ancient ritual to the Goddess Hecate and uses her blood to awaken the slumbering Guardian.

Suddenly, Mikki finds herself transported to the Realm of the Rose, where she is considered the high priestess. It is her job to save both the fading roses and the realm. All is not right in the realm, and great sacrifices may be necessary. Helping her in this task is the fearsome Guardian, who is part man/part beast. At first, Mikki is intimidated by him, but soon she begins to recognize him from her dreams.

Giving her own unique spin to the beloved "Beauty and the Beast" tale, Cast does another outstanding job of blending magic, myth and romance with a decidedly modern twist. Her imagination and storytelling abilities are true gifts to the genre. (Feb., 345 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Published: February 2006

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