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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review: Breaking the Nexus by Lindsay Avalon

Format: mobi (Provided by author)
Release Date: December 10, 2012

Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?

Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.

For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.

The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.

It's been a very long time since I've read a romance where the main characters were literally from two different worlds (The last one being a novella by Nora Roberts called A World Apart). Breaking the Nexus was a fun, fast paced fantasy romance that entertains on several different levels. It is action packed, funny, sexy and best of all, part of a series.

One thing I've found to be common among novels that contain elements of fantasy is the abundance of details. These authors, whether they be a strictly fantasy author or a romance author who sprinkles fantasy into their story, always include such vivid details that readers have no trouble picturing the world the author has created.

This can be a double edged sword though. A book filled with too many descriptive sentences can weigh the entire story down and bore readers to death. Breaking the Nexus thankfully does not overwhelm readers with unnecessary details. There is just enough imagery in this book to enhance a reader's experience but not too much where the book becomes slow and boring.

Author Lindsay Avalon created likable, interesting characters, even if their names are a little unbelievable at first (I still don't know if I'm pronouncing Sha's name right). However Breaking the Nexus IS rooted in a mythical "other world" that is supposed to exist alongside the normal, human realm. Sha Phoenix is a great heroine, she's smart, funny and a fighter. Though she finds herself in a world she's only read about and at a disadvantage, she doesn't let any one, even a certain hunky detective, mistake her for a damsel in distress. She may be in the human realm, but it's Detective Connor Flynn that's out of his element.

Just like Sha, I love the name Connor Flynn, sounds a little like a great kind of Scotch. He's tall, sexy and he carries a gun. Need I say more? He's doesn't deny the intense attraction between him and Sha but he is an honorable man and feels like he should first protect Sha (though she's capable of taking care of herself).

Breaking the Nexus is part of a series, and as such, ends on a cliffhanger. Definitely pick this book up if you're a fan of magic, tough heroines, sexy heroes and romance.


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  1. Great review. Never seen this book. Love a strong Heroine. Going to sign up for your giveaway.

  2. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this! I'm so glad you love the characters!


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