Jan 162013
Review: Warriors Of The CrossWarriors Of The Cross (Warrior #1) by T.R. Graves
Published by Self published on Feb 1, 2011
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eBook from Free Download
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Rating: dnf

Allison La Crosse, beginning a challenging family medicine residency, leaves the protection of her family. With the transfer, her worst nightmares come true. Her closely guarded mystical talents; those which seldom appeared before the move; unleash themselves from her confinement and reveal their presence with very little provocation.

Allison’s most terrifying power is her compulsion to cure the dying with her touch. Given her career, this gift would be valuable if she were not drawn like a magnet to the ailing person’s every symptom. Some of which are fatal.

At the hospital and surrounded by life-and-death emergencies, Allison’s inability to manage her impulse turns deadly. When it does, her mentor, Brody, rescues her from her own demise. His resuscitation ignites an exciting bond between them.

Desperate for a cure, they join forces and embark upon a journey to uncover the origins of Allison’s lethal curse. In the midst of their adventure, Allison exposes a secret pursued by many;known by few.

I got halfway through this book before I gave up. This is first a relationship story with a medical backdrop, with barely a hint of paranormal. Almost all of the story that I finished was about Allison and Brody. He’s not really mentioned much in the summary, but he certainly features very strongly in the book.

Allie and Brody’s relationship was one teenage drama after another, which was very annoying as they are not teenaged characters. They never seemed to communicate, just leap to conclusions based on flimsy “evidence”. I rolled my eyes at them so often I could have gotten dizzy.

Besides the relationship focus, I had a hard time with the dialogue. It didn’t seem natural, and I can’t imagine real people talking like the characters do. Not just the tone and formal wording, but most of the topics are not openly talked about between most people. It felt real unrealistic.

I did enjoy the few glimpses we got of Allie’s ability. It was unique and scary, and should have been the main topic of the story. Forget the annoying relationship, I want to hear more about her ability. Then maybe I would be invested enough to finish the book.

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