Friday, November 26, 2010

Review: Cross Stitch and Brimstone by Stephanie Beck

Cross Stitch and Brimstone by Stephanie Beck

Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heat Rating: 2



Marc kills demons. While he doesn’t love it, he’s happy to do his job, keeping people safe and destroying the brethren of the demons who stole his human life.

Beth lives quietly, content to stitch her samplers and fancywork in an era she wasn’t born to but is magically destined to live through.

A late-night visit changes both Marc and Beth’s worlds, reuniting them after over a hundred years, long after their love affair ended tragically during the Civil War. Back together, the two must decide what their future holds as they battle the real threat—a demon with a bad case of rose envy.

Rachel’s Review

Stephanie Beck’s Cross Stitch and Brimstone is a story of demon hunters and witch-cursed immortals that find each other after a two hundred year separation. Although definitely different, the execution was lacking.

She creates a hero that any woman would love, but a heroine that fell flat and leaves more questions than answers. With the heroine more involved in her stitches than the hero, the author’s love for the craft slipped in, and as beautiful as it was, trumped the love between the two.

This story is a brief read, which does make it difficult to set up a plot and a cast of characters that the reader will love, but in my opinion, a few more thousand words would have raised the teacup rating and given the reader everything they needed to adore it.

If you love sewing, cross-stitch, or knitting, you will love the magic behind the needle and the hero that will always come home to his seamstress.

2 ½ Tea Cups!


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