ARR – “Gilded Destiny: A Vesper Novella” by Nola Sarina

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Title ~ “Gilded Destiny: A Vesper Novella”

Author ~ Nola Sarina

Series~ Vesper

Book # ~1

Format ~ebook via PDF

Rating ~4 1/2 Stars

 

**DISCLAIMER** A copy was provided to me in return for an honest review

 

Short Recap ~ A woman’s memory returns when she falls in love with the monster who took it from her.

Calli tattoos her skin to fill the holes in her memory, thanks to an accident that left her mind damaged and empty. But a nasty encounter with a fired employee leaves her in the arms of her unlikely savior: Nycholas, a predatory, serpentine Vesper on the run from his brutal master.

Nycholas’ clandestine world holds the secrets to mankind’s origin and survival… but he only wants one thing before his time is up: a few colorful nights with Calli, the fragile, tattooed, human woman he pursued and saved.

The more Calli learns about Nycholas, the more her own darkened memories return to her. Despite her haunted past, she loses herself to passion and desire with her immortal captor.

Now, Calli must overcome the demons of her past, or allow Nycholas to kiss her memories away and spare her the trauma of loving a doomed immortal. But each choice comes with dire consequences – some that endanger not only herself, but her family as well. {recap courtesy of goodreads.com }

 

This compelling novel kept me reading and full of surprises all the way to the end. It took a few pages for me to get into the swing of the novella, once I did it was a great and exciting read. I felt for Calli and Nycholas, their passion and fear came through as did their strength and destiny.

 

The pages fly by as you read their tale. The reader is grabbed from the beginning and it doesn’t let go until the very last page, and when you reach the end, you are trying to turn the page and you realize that’s it. It’s done. You are left on a razor’s edge and holding your breath wanting more and waiting.

 

Despite a slightly disorienting timeline, Nola doesn’t give you a frame of reference at the top, you read and realize its been a few years or several years since the last page, other than that, I loved this novel. The intricacies and twists are what most mystery/romance/paranormal romance readers look for.   

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