Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: For Love or Vengeance by Caridad Pineiro

Title: For Love or Vengeance (The Reborn Vampire Series)
Author: Caridad Pineiro
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: September 23, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

FBI Special Agent Helene Alexander is a goddess.  An actual frickin’ goddess. And her mission is clear, see that justice is served at all times or her days as a goddess are numbered. Helene’s new FBI partner defines good-looking, but Miguel Sanchez, wants nothing to do with her ends-justify-the-means attitude. He knows through experience the type of guilt her actions can bring and Miguel wants nothing to do with Helene’s careless ways. Even if she’s so damned hot she makes him burn with the need. When the serial killer they’re tracking strikes again, Helene and Miguel are drawn into a case that will challenge their most fundamental beliefs about justice and vengeance. But it’s the passion between them that forces a goddess to choose: eternal life with all her powers...or death—to save the man she loves.

I really really wanted to love this book.  Not much is written about the goddess Nemesis, and I wanted to see what the author was going to do with her.  Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations.  Nemesis really didn't show much of her goddess side, but was constantly trying to repress it.  I really wanted to see her go all goddess of vengeance on the bad guys and totally destroy them.  Her abusive father, Zeus (another thing that I found disappointing) drove her from Mt Olympus to live among the humans, but if she looses sight of her mission she will become mortal and die.  Her partner, Sanchez, was just too good to be true and I got a little tired of hearing about what a great guy he was.

The upside to the story was the case of the murders.  They were intriguing and had an amazing concept behind them with a fantastic back story for the bad guys.  With just enough information given throughout to keep the reader hooked and trying to figure it out before the characters did.  If the book had concentrated on just the suspense and left the romance to the background I would have loved it.  So this one gets an overall of 3 stars,  2 for the romance paired with 4 for the suspense.

Barnes & Noble: For Love or Vengeance

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