Wednesday, December 22, 2010

HAPPY HUNKY DAYS: Day 10...The Tarnished Knight


Every once and a while, my life takes one of those wide leaps into the ridiculous sublime....tonight, for instance, while sitting in bed with laptop poised to write my review I heard a strange scratching sound from the other end of the house. What to my wondering eyes should appear???...but a small but no doubt deadly warrior chipmunk clinging to my dining room window. Now, I did as any red-blooded American woman would do in this instance...I hollered for hubby to "make it go away." He, of course, put on ski gloves and a hoodie and waved his hands around promising to "catch it" when it jumped. NOT. Have no clue where it is now either but I definitely will not be sleeping tonight, for fear that the killer chipmunk will attack me as visions of sugar plums dance in my head.....

Wide awake on this night post full moon/winter solstice/lunar eclipse, I believe a more prudent investment of my time would be to relay for you the next installment of Shiloh Walker's The Grimm series, The Tarnished Knight.

The mind forgets, but the body remembers. Everything.

Grimm's Circle, Book 4:

One look at Jack Wallace and Perci know's he's going to be trouble. Even surrounded by soul stealers, he's a one-man wrecking crew. What does the need Grimm training for? He's already hell on earth, a warrior bent on destruction. And something...more.

He's too strong and fast to be a mere mortal. Even covered in blood, he makes her forget she's only here to do a job and get out. It's twisted. Sick. She hasn't felt this alive in three centuries.

Born with a natural talent for killing unnatural things, Jack has always known things he shouldn't. The fact that Perci is one of them glows all over her. Giving him an unholy urge to see just how far he can push her before don't touch me melts into touch me there.

When they come together, it isn't careful or cautious. It's heaven and hell, exposing all their raw and wounded places to healing heat, resurrecting memories of a destined love from the distant past. But the evil that destroyed them once before has tracked them here, threatening their second and last chance at forever. Demanding a sacrifice no one, Grimm or human, should ever be asked to make....

Definitely not the cheerful version of Rapunzel being touted in the theatres this season as Tangled, The Tarnished Knight portrays the beleaguered and destructive tale of Persinette and her husband Luc. Gifted with the ability to heal almost anyone, Perci suffers the worst at the hands of those who should protect her the most. Held captive, poisoned and drained of her abilities for not healing her mother-in-law's second husband while pregnant, Perci's torment continues long after the deaths of her spouse, champion and children. Resurrected as a Grimm, Perci joins her husband in a life-after-life fighting the powers of evil in the world, guided as always by the cryptic and mysterious Will. Her greatest regrets prevent her from forgiving and re-loving her husband and they decline into self-torturing partners for the next 300 years.

Jack Wallace knows things, about people, events, the Grimm. Will appears to him and soon after partner's him with the strange Perci. Their connection is immediate, their chemistry smoking hot. Perci fights the attraction with everything she has but their connection crumbles her walls. Separated from Luc, she has the ability to finally start to heal from the guilt, the pain of loss, the devastation. Jack too has known loss and his healing comes about once he realizes his place in this mess. The question remains, how deep does his connection to the Grimm go? Will Perci through fears and caution to the wind and seek the deeper connection that seems imminently brewing? Will the battle for souls save them or damn them both?

Shiloh Walker creates a world where the darkest fairy tales and legends come to life. The pain of Persinette has so deeply saturated her soul there is great fear that she will not overcome it. The yearning and love felt by Luc, Sina, and even Jack and Perci stirs the emotions. Not a sappy tale, there are moments of true pain and true happiness. The erotic components add another element to the story, and aide in defining the coupling of Jack and Perci.

Not your kid's or your mom's fairy tale standard, I give Tarnished Knight, a tasty little 4 chocolate covered strawberries (mostly cause I adored Candy Houses and Crazed Hearts so much). And I cannot wait until Will finally gets his story....

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