Friday, December 28, 2012

Review of THE NYMPH'S LABYRINTH by Danica Winters

The Nymph's Labyrinth

(The Nymph Series, #1)
by Danica Winters

Cover: The Nymph's Labyrinth by Danica Winters
Rating: 3.5♥s Good/Suggested Reading
Sensuality: Hot
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audience: Adult

Release Date: December 31, 2012
Length: 300 pages
Kindle Edition
Paperback, Spring 2013

From the publisher:

A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed.

Shape-shifting nymph Ariadne Papadakis is tasked with keeping the truth of the group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of the American archeologist, Beau Morris and his troublemaking son, Kaden. When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced make a choice - fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put Beau and Kaden’s lives in danger.

Can she have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of her past keep her from her heart’s desire?

My recap:

Long ago, the nymph goddess Epione denied Zeus her bed. In retaliation, he cursed all nymphs. If they fell in love with a human, then that man would die a tragic death.

Fast-forward to present day Crete. Archeologist Dr. Beau Morris believes that he has found the site of a mythical Labyrinth. His colleagues think that he is a crackpot, but he is determined to prove them wrong. Ariadne Papadakis, a millennia-old nymph and member of a sisterhood of nymphs, is tasked with sabotaging and shutting down his dig. Unfortunately, she is drawn to Beau. But she can't fall in love with him, or she will be the death of him.

Beau's ex-wife drops off his surly, estranged son, Kaden. Kaden meets and falls in love with a nymph, and soon becomes mortally ill. The only way to save him is for Ariadne to stand up to the sisterhood and betray its secrets. Should she save Kaden's life and gain her own chance at love? Or should she keep the sisterhood's secrets?

My analysis:

Danica Winters has written a book that stands out from the crowd due to her imaginative use of Greek mythology and snake-shifting nymphs. (Snake-phobics, fear not. Not too much is made of the snake-shifting.) The Nymph's Labyrinth is like no other.

Beau and Ariadne are both likable characters that you'll pull for. You'll want Beau to save his reputation and reconcile with his son. You'll want Ariadne to kick some ass and stand up for herself, and that's her journey. You'll want them to circumvent the curse and find their HEA. They both have much to lose, but they belong together.

There is much suspense as Beau and Ariadne face jealousy, grief, and danger together. You'll find yourself reading "just one more chapter" again and again.

The Nymph's Labyrinth is an original, strong start to The Nymph Series. The next book is Montana Musings, followed by Winter Swans.

See the beautiful trailer for The Nymph's Labyrinth.

Happy reading!

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

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