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Title:Heiress To A Curse
Authors:Zandria Munson: (Author)
Info:AudioGO (2011), Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Library Loans, Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, read, 2012, library, november, ee, romance, gargoyles, magic

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Alexandra Barret is unaware that the blood of a powerful witch runs through her veins, and that her death will free the Drakon family of a 500-year old curse. She knows there is something special about her; she posses a unique gift - the ability to see visions of both the past and future, which is helpful at her job as a newspaper reporter. Her life takes an interesting turn when a sexy, mysterious Romanian man moves into the apartment across the hall. At the same time, a great winged beast begins stalking her at night, even protecting her at times. What is this creature, and could it be connected to her curious new neighbor?

Marius Drakon was sent to New York for one reason: to find Alexandra and kill her. A witch's curse forces him to be trapped in stone during the day as a gargoyle, and then transform into a winged, demon-like creature at night. But every 100 years during the Spring Equinox, instead of turning to stone during the day, Marius is able to live as a man. It is in this limited time that he must get close to Alexandra to complete the steps of the ritual that will finally free his family of the curse. What he does not expect is to find is the witch's descendant as a compassionate, strong and smart woman. As the passion between them grows, Marius realizes he cannot cause her harm. Marius soon finds himself torn between protecting Alexandra and betraying his own family. With time running out, he must find another way to break the curse before his family takes matters into their own hands.

Heiress to a Curse is a suspenseful dark paranormal tale that pulls you in from the opening scene. The author's choice of a gargoyle (shifter) as the hero was original. The story is fast-paced and flowed smoothly leading up to a very exciting ending. Marius was a very intriguing character - sexy, mysterious, tortured, protective - everything a fan of paranormal romance is looking for in a hero. I really liked Alexandra and her gift of visions, which she used in a subplot trying to save a young girl from a serial killer. The subplot blended nicely into the overall story. The sensual chemistry between Marius and Alexandra builds quickly, and their erotic encounters are very hot! How is it that Marius can be sexy even in beast form? Fans of dark paranormal romances will enjoy this story. I'm looking forward to reading future books in the Hearts of Stone series. ( )
  bookofsecrets | Dec 12, 2012 |
Not a bad read. Alexandra is a journalist who occasionally has visions, usually as a result of touching something involving the person. At the moment she's trying to sort out a child kidnapper case and she can feel that time is running out. Her new neighbour is distracting her, he's gorgeous. There are also stories of a strange winged creature in the skies.

The neighbour is in fact a gargoyle, cursed by one of her ancestors. His family is convinced that if they kill her, ending her line, they will break the curse, but not only is she distracted by him, he is finding her irrestible.

The romance is a bit rushed feeling, but elements of it did really work well. I liked the interaction and the fact that things were thought through, but I'm not sure that it wouldn't have been better if his mum had revealed more to everyone earlier. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Nov 30, 2012 |
Marius Drakon belonged to a clan of cursed gargoyles. With only a month to reverse the curse, Marius was sent to kill Alexandra Barret before something worse befalls them.

I could be wrong, but the story didn't feel like it fit into the one-month time frame. Also, I felt that Marius and Alexandra didn't spend too much time together (getting to know each other and everything), before they started falling in love. Otherwise, this was very good for the author's debut book (or second book?). I look forward to reading the other books in this series. ( )
  starlightgenie | Aug 2, 2010 |
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He had to kill her. Yet one look at Alexandra Barret and Marius Drakon was a man possessed by a hunger he'd never known. Keeping his family curse a secret from the woman whose death would end it would take all of his stone-cold strength, and protecting his family's enemy might be the death of him. But protect her he must.

Alexandra's charismatic new neighbor intrigued her as no man had. What secrets was he keeping, and what did he know of the mysterious winged creature rumored to be haunting the night skies? The truth would be her undoing--or her destiny....

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"He had to kill her. Yet one look at Alexandra Barret and Marius Drakon was a man possessed by a hunger he'd never known. Keeping his family curse a secret from the woman whose death would end it would take all of his stone-cold strength, and protecting his family's enemy might be the death of him. But protect her he must. Alexandra's charismatic new neighbor intrigued her as no man had. What secrets was he keeping, and what did he know of the mysterious winged creature rumored to be haunting the night skies? The truth would be her undoing--or her destiny ..."--Publisher.… (more)

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