Review & Contest: Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger

Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger
Series: Night Prowler (# 2)
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher:  Montlake Romance
Pages: 410
Source:  Publisher

Given a mere two weeks to locate the unknown headquarters of the Ikati’s ancient enemy or face death on charges of treason, Morgan Montgomery jumps at the chance for redemption. But tribal law being as brutal as it is, there’s a catch. She will be accompanied on her search by an assassin with a well-deserved reputation for brutality and a heart turned to stone by the loss of his childhood sweetheart years before. And if she doesn’t complete her task in time, he will efficiently and unflinchingly do what he does best: eliminate the target. In this case, her.

Xander Luna is a man of unswerving loyalty and lethal skill. Only being near Morgan tests that loyalty in ways he never imagined. He was prepared for the traitor to arouse his disgust and hatred, his bitter contempt. Instead she arouses in him something far more dangerous, something that threatens everything he believes in, even the fate of the tribe itself: a passion so deep he’ll risk everything for it.

As they race against time to find their sworn enemy through the grand, decadent maze of modern-day Rome, Xander falls deeper and deeper under the spell of desire, knowing that one mis-step now could lead to the destruction of every one of their kind. But when faced with the choice between love and duty, which will he choose?

Sensual, thrilling and action-packed, Edge of Oblivion will enthrall readers with nail-biting suspense and heart-pounding passion.

 

Review:  So. A paranormal romance, Xander and Morgan’s story. Unlike other paranormals I’ve read, both of the pair are superhuman beings, not just one or the other (when I’ve read paranormal romances before, it was always the male who was supernatural).

Well, I’m not a huge reader of paranormals, but I like to read one every now and then, and this one was good. None of your werewolves or vampires, this pair belong to a tribe called the Ikati, a tribe of shifters who have coexisted uneasily with humankind through the ages. They’ve survived primarily because of their close bonds and secrecy. The trouble is, anyone who violates the rules is dealt with swiftly and harshly. On the brink of a brutal and humiliating execution, Morgan gets an unexpected reprieve. She has to go to Rome to hunt down the Expurgari, the enemies of the Ikati. She’s accompanied by an assassin, Xander and he is the nearest thing to a machine I’ve ever read about. Hard as iron and just as unfeeling. Should Morgan fail in her mission, she is to be swiftly eliminated, without mercy.

I must say, this Morgan is quite an irresistible character. She practically dances off the page, in her high heeled shoes and her revealing ensembles. She mercilessly teases Xander with her unique pack of paranormal gifts. It isn’t long before the formidable Xander starts melting, but we are given to understand that this is not his usual style. Morgan, you see, is unique. Her life may be in danger from you, but she’ll defy you to the end and tell you to go to hell if you piss her off. You get the picture? Somehow, she manages to pull it off.

Morgan’s mission to find the Expurgari is accomplished in the most surprising and unexpected ways. Along the way, she discovers an unknown colony of Ikati, living in one of the holiest shrines of the Christian world. Xander may be hard boiled, but he’s not evil, having survived horrific abuse as a child. The evil characters in this tale would give your nightmares nightmares, with ghoulish hints of bondage, torture and terror. Only hints, mind you, but heck, it’s enough! This writer was skilful enough to credibly reproduce the roughhousing banter of male company, extremely hard boiled male company. I didn’t hear the voice of a woman in that narrative and was quite surprised to learn that the author was female, as the name doesn’t give the gender away.

As Morgan and Xander come to know each other and their unique personalities better and better, time grows short and the heat is on. Morgan proves her loyalty and Xander comes to realize, even as he grows to care, that she is not the traitor she’s supposed to be. But as danger closes in around Morgan. As she edges towards the catacombs of Rome, will Xander be able to reach her on time and will he be able to save her? And will he save her to have to kill her ultimately? That’s the hook that will have the reader turning the pages.

There are love scenes, pretty hot at that, but nothing slows down the pace of this novel. And the author has left me with a lasting impression, which none other has ever done. She’s turned the Vatican into a veritable house of horrors. I, a lifelong paid up member of the church, saw this place as the center of the Christian universe. That’s all changed now. Why, it’s a mausoleum, a two thousand year old tomb, full of rotting bones and corruption. Why didn’t that ever strike me before?

Favorite Quote:‘  The door swung farther open, and suddenly there came a sound that stood all the tiny hairs on the back of his neck straight on end.

A low, rumbling growl, from a back corner of the cell, a corner so black he couldn’t fathom it. Rich and spine chilling, with an unmistakable tone of warning, it was a sound he’d recognize anywhere. Then out of the blackness, a glow appeared, two almond shaped points of hot, burning green.

A pair of eyes, beautiful and predatory, fixed on her.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Review & Contest: Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger

  1. Beckey says:

    I have seen this book in a couple place on the web (believe it was TRR end of the year splash) and found what I have seen it (as well as here) seem like this would be a great read.
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  2. Booksie says:

    I love reading…all books…right now I’m in a rut and “bored” with what I’m reading. I want a book that grabs hold and I can’t believe it’s over when I’m done! I want a book that has me thinking and sitting on the edge of the seat. I want a book that makes me forget to breathe and I realize, later, that I’m sitting hunched and tense cuz it’s so good ! Edge of Oblivion sounds like that book!!!

  3. Chelsea B. says:

    Wow, this book just strikes me as amazing. I’m writting the title down to look for it. Thank you for the review! I’m really looking forward to this one.

  4. I saw this book on NetBloggers newsletter. It looked like a good read. I put the giveaway on Facebook. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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