Thursday, December 23, 2010

Review: Magenta Starling by Natalie Dae

Magenta Starling by Natalie Dae

Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Fantasy Romance

Heat Rating: 2



Cursed at birth, Dion is a demon who has searched for his beloved for centuries. Upon meeting Morgan, he knows she’s the one he’s been waiting for, the one woman he can love forever, the one woman capable of helping him break the curse. However, Jistin, the curse-giver, has other ideas…

Morgan longs for a relationship and release from her solitary life aboard her yacht, The Magenta Starling. She longs for Dion—who’s not all that he appears. When he reveals his feelings for her, Morgan allows Dion to take her to his world, the realm of Thradmos. Her love for him growing even as she struggles to accept his reality, Morgan realizes she would do anything for him—including give up her life in the real world.

At a party held in celebration of Dion’s impending freedom, Morgan is snatched away by Jistin. In a final battle, Dion will fight not only for his freedom, but also that of his beloved, lest he be cursed for all eternity…and lose Morgan in the process.

Clare C’s Review

The Magenta Starling is a bird that serves an evil vampire-witch and the name of a yacht. The story begins with the demon, Dion, coming to claim his true love, Morgan. Since she’s already fantasizing about this man, she is ready to admit her love and follow him to his demon realm where he has to defeat another demon in order to break the curse that turned him into this demon. The plot is fun and interesting, yet simplistic enough to fully explore in this novella.

The characters are the kind that inspire warm, fuzzy feelings. We root for them. We want them to overcome the curse and be together. Morgan is a business owner—she spanks people on her yacht—who needs love to give direction to her life. Dion has waited for over 200 years for Morgan, yet he seems okay with his lot in life.

The pacing of the story is good. It gets off to a quick start, then it slows down in the middle so we can get to know the characters and backstory, and then it picks up at the end when Dion must fight. This is the perfect read for a lazy afternoon.

3 ½ Tea Cups!

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