Friday, February 8, 2013

Winter Eve Review Tour

Winter Eve
(Ashwood Falls, Prequel )
Author: Lia Davis

Release Date: 
December 18th 2012

ISBN: 1623220165
(ISBN13: 9781623220167)

Paranormal, Fantasy

Ashwood Falls 0.5



There comes a time when setting your differences aside isn’t just necessary, it’s a means of survival. After losing over half of their dens to a group rogue shifters, the wolves and leopards merged as one Pack, but living together is much more of a challenge then they expected.

Danica Welsh was born to be the leopard pack healer. An accident involving a drug induced youth left her badly burned and scared—emotionally and physically. Without the ability to heal by touch, she secludes herself to the edge of town, away from Ashwood Falls’ overly concerned citizens. All hope of mating and family become a distance dream. When she finally starts to accepts the long, lonely existence ahead of her, a stranger crashes into her life, and her heart.

After Nevan Mathews’ fiancé died three ago, he submerged himself into his work, cutting off all reminders of a life he dreamed of with the woman he loved. He lets his step-mother talk him into taking the first vacation in five years to visit for the holidays. But an accident delays his travel plans, sending him to Danica’s doorstep and raises a need he thought he would never feel again.
Can they tear down the walls around their hearts and submit to the passion before another claims Dani for his own?

Warning: Contains a shifter who's scars run deeper than skin, a human who has the heart of a shifter, and a snow storm that's sure to have them both reaching for warmth.

My final thought was, “THAT’S IT!” I wanted this to be longer, but being a prequel, I can see why it would short. It ended very suddenly though. One minute I was in the middle of reading, and the next it just ended. If you didn't know any better, you'd think that a chapter was missing. It's not a writing technique I like, so I hope gaps are filled in the next book

"Winter Eve" takes place in Ashwood Falls. I can say this for sure, this is an interesting plot for shape shifters. The book features a human town where a pack of two different shifters live together. The reason is because of something that happen about 200 years ago. I wish there was more depth of this part of the story, but I’m just going to hope there will be more of this in the first book of the series. It seems weird, to have a prequel that gives little details about the past. The way the author writes about the characters is great and detailed, especially with their painful pasts. I did find one point of this story useless; Jared (a shifter) was after Danica, and he saw how much Danica and Naven loved each other, but still challenged Naven for Danica. To me, this felt like pointless filler, and it would have been better filled with details about the people who attacked the shifters 200 years ago. I guess this was meant to show who Jared really was as a person. I found the ending to be weak, but I did enjoy it, and I want to read the next book in this series.

Danica is both strong and weak as a character. She stands up for herself when it comes to her love for Naven, but she doesn't like the way she looks. She doesn't want to show anyone, nor does she want to see people's pity towards her. I can see why she wants to hide, but she is a shifter. I would expect  her to lift her head and take it. When she meets Naven, she begins to change, and it’s really sweet.  I wish there was more of her story, but I was happy with this.

Naven is a human, but there is a twist to him being a human. His family isn’t normal, and he can feel the feelings of people. His depth of character is interesting, and how he stands up to people who are a lot stronger then him, all for love. He doesn’t let him being human slow him down.

The romance in this book is a bit fast, so it disappointed me a bit, but it wasn’t totally bad. They fell for each other fast, but I found the love triangle to be useless. I can see how Nevan and Danica fell for each other right away, but it would have been a lot better if it was slower. As a prequel book, it was alright.

3 out of 5 Howling Wolves


Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, graphic designer, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing and designing are stress relievers that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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