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Book Title: Take (scars of the wraiths) Author: Nashoda Rose Genre: Paranormal Romance with Erotic Elements Release Date: February 25, 2015 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

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Feelings are a luxury I can’t afford. Hidden behind a shield of quiet placidity, I keep my secret safe from those who’d use it against me. Until him—the tatted up, self-centered Scar assassin hired to protect me. He takes pleasure in tormenting me, chipping away at my defenses as if I’m a toy to be played with. I hate that he continuously reminds me that I’m nothing more than a job. I hate that my body responds to his touch. I hate him. JASPER I’m not a good guy and I don’t pretend to be. Condemn me if you want, I don’t give a fuck. You’re nothing to me. No one is … except her—Max. She’s my target. And I was hired to do a hell of a lot more than protect her … I was hired to kill her. It should’ve been simple, but it was complicated as hell. *erotic paranormal romance. Standalone full-length novel. Come meet the Scars. Scars: Immortal warriors with capabilities derived from the senses: Trackers, Sounders, Healers, Tasters, Visionaries, and the rare Reflectors. They each have what is known as an Ink, a tattoo that can be called life.


Jasper stopped, turned toward me, dragged his eyes down my front then yanked off his black t-shirt and tossed it to me.
I stared at his naked chest that was a hard slab of muscle with tats drawn across his left shoulder to link with the ones on his arm.
“Put it on. You stick out like a fuckin’ cotton candy with those stupid horse sparkles.”
I quickly put it on over top and it hung down to my mid-thigh. The scent of him drew into my lungs and I inhaled deeply with my chin down until I heard his distinct chuckle. Then I wanted to shoot myself in the foot.
Jasper’s hand came around the back of my neck and he jerked me toward him. He cupped my chin with his blade still in his hand so the handle was cold against my jaw. Then he leaned in and before I could take my next breath, his mouth was on mine.


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                        Meet the Author

Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave.
When she isn't writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dogs at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers and chatting about her addiction—books.

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When I saw that Nashoda Rose was coming out with a new release in the PNR genre, my curiosity was immediately stirred. Having read a book by her in the recent past, I knew that this author has a writing style that I can really get on board with. I already knew she can write the hell out of an Erotic Romantic Suspense. The question is, does she have the writing chops to create the fine details that are required for constructing a paranormal world from the ground up? A world that comes to life and turns the inconceivable to believable?

The answer?

Take me to church, because I'm a believer.

After opening this book, you're greeted with a glossary of the various types of Scars and their powers, terms, and back history of this race of Immortal warriors. There are Trackers, Sounders, Healers, Tasters, Visionaries, and Reflectors. Each one has their own gift based on various senses and have their own individual and unique Ink that can be called to life to protect them. But that ink can be extinguished leaving the Scar sorely weakened.

After immediately reading through the intro, I felt like it was really helpful in acclimating me into the story before it even started. One of the issues I see a lot in paranormal is that the author has to spend so much time introducing you to the world and it's culture that sometimes the main characters can fall flat and it's difficult to connect with them. Not the case here.

Based on the synopsis, we're promised an asshole hero and that's exactly what she provided. They aren't typically my thing, but I've been known to dabble here and there. He was completely cocky, rude, overbearing and mercenary. And yet, she made me like him from beginning to end. Right away, you discover that Jasper is the way he is because of an emotionally scarring night years ago. After what he endured and witnessed, it was like all his humanity and emotion was flicked off like a switch.

The final pieces of me burned into ash then scattered into the sky-disintegrating. Disappearing. I stared up at the bright stars and they twinkled as if they were laughing at me. I closed my eyes. Then coldness descended and sank into my heart.

Max is very similar to the hero in many ways. Her tragic past caused her to emotionally disconnect. But instead of becoming cold and hard, she turns to numbness.

She relies on her lack of emotion to safeguard herself and the secret power that she holds that could be dangerous in the hands of the monster who tormented her for years. If he were to ever discover her whereabouts, she could be the key to unleashing an unstoppable power. Too bad Jasper has an immediate need to bring the fire back in her eyes. He challenges her at every turn and I loved the energy they threw off each other. It came to life so sharply off the pages.

"Done with your Perusal?"
My already heated cheeks burned.
"Surprising you even know a word like that."
"Oh baby, you'd be surprised about a lot of things I know. Care to find out?"

With every encounter, he chips away at her resistance like no one else has been able to do. And that terrifies her.

The feeling was mutual. As much as he tries to deny it, it's clear that Max is able to make a multitude of feelings resurface, and his original plan to protect or kill suddenly gets derailed. Unheard of instincts kick into overdrive and he's forced to face the reality of how important it's become to keep her safe at all costs.

I didn't give a fuck as to why I was hired for a job. I did what I was paid to do and walked away. It was simple. My life was simple. I kept it that way. Until Max.

I enjoyed the hell out of this read. Nashoda Rose vividly brought to life this cast of characters and brought forth a whole spectrum of emotions. Even though both MC's were emotionally detached, she managed to make them completely engaging. They weren't off-putting in the least to me and that's a monumental task with these types of characters.

My only critique on the plot would be that when Jasper made the decision to let his true feelings for her out, his switch from cold asshole to possessive and impassioned for her were a bit abrupt. I felt like it could have felt more gradual and naturalistic, but at the same time I enjoyed seeing how intensely she was able to stir him. He was everything I like in a hero. Hardcore and dominant, but able to show a passion and weakness for the heroine that didn't make him appear weak. The heroine was just as strong as him, if not stronger based on what she endured and as always, I really valued that.

If you're looking for a paranormal series with perfectly executed erotic elements, look no further. This one has the goods.


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