Mar 262014
 
Review: Wind and ShadowWind and Shadow (The Talbot Trilogy #1) by Tori L. Ridgewood
Published by Melange Books on Jun 1, 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eBook from Author
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Rating: three-stars

Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch. She just wanted to start her life over again after a series of misadventures. She didn’t count on rekindling a lost love when she came home to Talbot…or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life.

Grant Michaels, police officer. He thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger…but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it’s too late?

Malcolm de Sade, cunning vampire, imprisoned underground for a year by Charlotte Fanning and Pike Mahonen (“Mist and Midnight”, Midnight Thirsts). His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town…

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Facing the past can be a nightmare. It’s worse when a vampire is stalking you.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I went into this thinking it was a YA paranormal story, and was quite surprised at the very adult, very sexual story. Not sure why I thought it would be YA, maybe the cover tricked me since the summary definitely doesn’t read as YA. Regardless, this is a romance heavy story revolving around witches and vampires.

I found myself very frustrated on Rayvin’s behalf. The prejudices she faces coming back to her old hometown are quite extreme, and yet still within the realm of believable. It was not the homecoming that anyone wants, and yet Rayvin was quite strong and held her own. She is a remarkable woman and it was fun to see her interactions with Grant.

The chemistry between Rayvin and Grant was very hot and steamy. Their dialogues were entertaining and full of amusing jabs. The romance in the story does get a bit detailed, and is certainly not clean, but it is exciting.

I was not very happy at the ending though. The story seems to just stop instead of end. If that wasn’t frustrating enough, the actions of both Rayvin and Grant made me want to just shake them. Ugh, they need some sense slapped into them. Other than that, this was an exciting start to the trilogy.

  2 Responses to “Review: Wind and Shadow”

  1. HUGE bummer about the ending but I must admit the rest intrigues me. The cover probably would have made me think YA too but I do like it a lot. 🙂

    • I really love the cover. I just think it’s close enough to a lot of YA covers that it’s a bit misleading. The ending isn’t bad, I just found it very frustrating.

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