Wednesday, February 27, 2013

VBT:Giveaway and Review~ The Quest by Mary Abshire

Book Description:

Retribution. At any cost.

Now that she knows her name and what she is, she wants justice for everything shes lost. Though her memories elude her, she takes a job for a half-demon Senator and, aided by werewolves from a local clan, intends to uncover evidence that will convict the Senator of more than thirty murders.

Getting to the Senator and finding the necessary evidence is more difficult than she anticipates, especially when there is a bounty for her death. If that were not enough, the vampire who stole her memories returns and reveals unexpected truths. But shes not going to let anything stop her. Not a sadistic assassin or a servant or Lucifer. Not even her ex-lover, the vampire God of the Underworld. Nothing will stop her from claiming retribution...even if the price is her life.

Title: The Quest

Series: Project Eve #2

Author: Mary Abshire

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Format: Ebook

Length: 284 pages

Purchase links: Amazon / B&N / Lyrical Press / iTunes / Kobo 

About the Author: 

Outside of my government job, I write Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. Dark and dangerous creatures are my friends. I create worlds with vampires, demons, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. I even create new ones. How do I do this? I have a twisted mind and it gets better with wine.

Care to join me in my fantastical worlds? I’ll introduce you to my friends, and if they bite or corrupt your mind... it’s not my fault.

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Here's an excerpt for you:  

 From the main level, I rode an elevator to the basement. As I walked through the tunnel, toward the capital, clusters of government employees passed by. Unlike the other days when I came to work, men and women wore suits and chatted with serious looks on their faces. None of them carried lunch bags in their hands. I wondered if they'd come from a meeting or were going to one.

I reached the elevator to get to the subbasement and hit the button. While I waited for my ride, I scanned the area around me. The empty hall showed no signs of trouble and the voices of those who'd passed recently faded. I breathed in a relieving breath, finding myself alone and safe.

The ding of the elevator alerted me to its presence. The doors opened and a crowd of men and women in professional attire walked out. I stepped aside, staying clear of their path.

“Good evening, Shelley,” said an evil voice from behind me.

Since I had vampire hearing and hadn't heard her approaching, the bitch must have misted to appear near me. My blood boiled with anger. I hated the charmed bracelet on my ankle, preventing me from utilizing my demon and angel abilities.

With my jaw clamped so tight my teeth could've chipped, I glanced over my shoulder. She stood alone and dressed in a red suit.

“I didn't hear you coming,” I said in a rude tone.

Her lips formed a devilish smile. “You won't.”

Heat flamed within me, causing me to perspire. My clothes, damp from my dash through the rain, began to feel even wetter. The demon in me wanted out, wanted to rip her to shreds. Fortunately for her, the angel in me held the demon back.

After a few nods from the people passing, I strode onto the empty elevator. The bitch followed me and stood at the opposite side with her arms crossed. Alone with the Senator, I picked up her demon scent mixed with some other citrus type of perfume. The two odors mixed with the sight of the Senator made my stomach churn.

Once the doors closed, we faced each other. She had a feral look in her eyes, but I felt no fear. I had zero doubt I could kill her with my bare hands. She knew I could too, given she knew I had vampire strength. Her charmed bracelet couldn't freeze all supernatural abilities.

“I'm surprised you decided to show up this evening.” Galluzzi smirked.

I clenched the strap of my purse tighter. She obviously knew about the attack on me at Boss's house. Did she think she could provoke me?

I stepped closer to her and stood a foot from her face, glaring at her. “I'm not easy to get rid of.”

Emotion drained from her face. “No, you're not, but I have my ways.” She lifted her chin, displaying her arrogance. “Setbacks are normal in life, but I always win.”

Sweat trickled down the back of my neck. What would happen if I killed her in the elevator? Every bit of me wanted to see her dead now, instead of hung out in front of the world as a criminal. She deserved far worse. She deserved death.

My Thoughts:    
First let me say that this one should be read by adults. There are some steamy erotic scenes! ;-)

It is the second book in the Project Eve series. I regret to say that I haven't read book one, The Awakening. I bought it and it's waiting on my Kindle though!  I understood the book anyway but I feel that I need to go back and be sure that I didn't miss anything good. :-)

Shelley lost her memory and doesn't know her real name or remember anything before being rescued from a dump. More than thirty people were killed where she was found alive. She thinks that the orders came from an Evil senator. She wants retribution for the deaths. 

Boss a vamp, Jonas a human, Tabby a (you guessed it) cat shifter, and Jackson a werewolf policeman make up her rag tag group of friends. The characters were realistic and I found it easy to get lost in the story.

The search for evidence puts Shelley super close to the Senator and places her life in danger a numerous times. Each time Shelley gets an answer, it seems to lead to more questions and more danger. She doesn't want her friends to get hurt.

This is an action-filled adventure. Add in the super steamy scenes and the mystery and you have a winner! :-)

I enjoyed this book and I'll be reading the Awakening just as soon as I get a chance! 

I received a copy of this book from FMB in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly enjoyed it and I hope there will be a book three available soon!

I almost forgot to mention, I love the cover! It is sooo serene looking. 
Have you ever felt such a strong conviction about something, that you could not be swayed no matter what?

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  1. hum i think i would love this series if i start by book1 ^^;; because i'm curious as how she lost her memories ( why the vamp did this?) etc but the blurb is really catching teh interest^^ perhaps i will wait until you read and review book 1 or i will decide not to wait after this post i will see^^;;

    i had such strong conviction and i can't remember being wrong but it doesn't happen that frequently either ( at the moment i'm sure we shouldn't accept a new participant in my role playing club... sure!)

    1. I think you would like it Miki. I plan on reading the 1st book though so I'll let you know what I think about that one as well.

    2. thank you ^^ i will wait your opinion then^^

  2. NOt for me. I do have conviction but no one has 3ver tried to sway me.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Does that mean you are stubborn or always right?

  3. Hi Mary - The Quest looks like another compelling read. I love your style so am looking forward to reading this new series:) Congratulations on its release.

  4. When it comes to my kids, family, or friends, I don't give up. I will protect and support them to the end. It doesn't matter what I have to do for them. I mean, I kill spiders for my kids! EWWWW LOL Seriously, though, those who are important to me have my undivided support.

    As for this series, is sounds intriguing I added them to my TBR and wish lists. If I'm lucky I'll win the ebook of Quest from the rafflecopter giveaway. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on another new to me author. Good luck on the release of Quest Mary Absire.

    1. I am the same with my family and friends. I even kill spiders too!

    2. I agree Josette - My kids, family and friends ...they are worth all my energy, protectiveness and devotion.
      Also, I am with ya on the spider thing, it grosses me out but I do it for my kids. Actually since having children I found myself doing many gross things I would never in my life thought about doing for another human being. I use to faint at the sight of blood or get sick when someone vomited, my kids have gotten me somewhat over it but only when it comes to them. But kids are so worth it.

  5. Yes I have, I feel that way about bullying. I spent most of my life being bullied in school, so I decided that when I'm a teacher, my classroom is going to be a bully-free zone no matter what. I might not be able to make the entire school safe, but my room will be a safe haven for anyone who needs it.

  6. I have a few issues/standards that I can't be swayed on. I like to think I have an open mind on all things but there are certain scenarios that I can not get myself to be okay with. I have been told I am a little stubborn though so maybe it is just that.

    1. You stubborn? Say it ain't so!

    2. I know right?? I keep telling my friends and family that I'm the furthest away from being stubborn there is. They don't believe me but I am standing my ground, I won't budge and let them make me think I am

    3. Ha! Good luck proving your point. lol! Not that you'll need it! :D