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Saturday, March 27, 2010


Isn't Black Swan's cover art hot!!??!! I love it, so kudos to the cover artist!

Blurb snatched from Wild Rose Press Website:

Suffering from a broken marriage, Carol Langston meets Tristan McLaghlan at a Black Swan party. Black Swans are mortals who willingly barter blood for the sensual ecstasy and euphoria vampires give in return. To Carol, this looks like the real thing until her handsome vampire runs away from her and his true nature. Separated by miles, divided across two species, can their love survive?

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Review of Black Swan by Linda Nightingale

I received this book a while back, but wasn’t able to read it until recently. This is a short, spicy read of less than 40 pages. I thought Black Swan the perfect name for parties where mortals and vampires meet. Swans are so beautiful and elegant, while vampires are perceived as dark vicious predators.

Black Swan begins after Carol and Tristan have met and he’s already run away from her. Tristan has moved to America and is in a relationship with Holly, a woman he’s met that resides in the same building. They’ve had a whirlwind month long relationship and then Holly walks in on Tristan having sex with another woman, while draining her blood. Holly can’t believe what she’s seeing and Tristan uses vampiric powers to freeze time and confuse Holly’s perception of the encounter. But, Tristan has realized he’s left the one woman he loves, so he returns to her to make it right.

I felt like this was Tristan’s story even though the majority of this story wasn’t written in his POV. I believe this because Carol and Holly love him already, so there was no conflict from either of them emotionally. Tristan was the one that had to come to grips with his emotions and he was the one that needed the separation from Carol to realize he loves her and needs her in his life.

All the characters were likeable and enjoyable. The Black Swan parties fascinated me and I would have enjoyed seeing more of them. The writing is excellent, it never bogged down and it kept my interest from beginning to end. The sex scenes were spicy and tasteful, but I wouldn’t say they were erotic. Black Swan weaved together the right amount of romance and sensuality. Black Swan is unique in so many ways, Linda's vampire world is creative, the parties are awesome, the characters are lifelike, and all of that combined makes it such a great read! Overall, this was a fun, quick read and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up more books by Linda Nightingale.

Make sure to join Linda here on April 2nd for a special guest blog by her.

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7 Moonbeams (comments):

Beth Trissel said...

Fabulous review! Linda Nightingale is a superbly talented author and one I hope we will be hearing much more from in the not too distant future.

Tony-Paul said...

Linda's a good friend as well as a talented author and I'm glad Black Swan is being recognized for the great story it is. Meillieurs voeux, amie.

Toni V.S. said...

I agree with both of the above. Linda has her own vampire universe and it's a great one.

Mary Marvella said...

Linda and I have been sharing our writing for many years and I'm glad she can share with more people. she's a fabulous writer with a lushness of writing. I read Black Swan before it was published and loved it then.

Gracen Miller said...

It really was a fabulous book and I feel honored that Linda asked me to read it and give a review. Black Swan is unique in so many ways, Linda's vampire world is creative, the parties are awesome, the characters are lifelike, and all of that combined makes it such a great read!

Best of luck with Black Swan, Linda! I look forward to having you join us next week for your guest spot!


Author Roast and Toast said...

To be very honest I have read so many vampire stores I am sick of them.
But then I read Black Swan! WOW!
A great new take on the vampire thing. How novel! Kudos to Linda Nightingale for coming up with a new twist on a much written genre.
I can't wait to read more of this up and coming author. I couldn't put it down until I was done. Please Tristan, bite me too!

Nightingale said...

Thanks friends for the kudos and Gracen for reviewing Black Swan. I was particularly pleased that Gracen really liked Lucien. Hugs.