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Review: SALOME AT SUNRISE by Inez Kelley

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Five things to love about Salome At Sunrise by Inez Kelley.

1-The Heroine, Salome. Salome is a magic spell from another world. She’s a peacemaker and answered a call to bring peace to the hero, Bryton. Part of her magic is that she’s a shifter. She can become any bird, mostly a falcon. Also, she controls the wind and is able to become wind. She’s innocent, completely naive and adorable, but also charming with a quick temper. If someone dropped in my living room and told me I was about to be a heroine in a book, who would I like to be—I’d pick Salome. And not just because she gets the delicious hero, but because of who she is. She has so much heart and inner strength. I found her endearing and she captivated me from the first moment I saw her on page. Those first moments, by the way, she was in bird form and in the hero’s pov, but Inez did a fabulous job of translating her personality through the bird’s actions.

2-The Hero, Bryton. First, I love that name. But more importantly, a slew of criminals, Skullmen were mistakenly let loose on the King’s land. The Skullmen are nasty beasts, really and Bryton felt the brunt of their cruelness when the leader murdered his wife before Bryton’s eyes. Bent on revenge and justice, Bryton signs up for a suicide mission to infiltrate the Skullmen’s camp and kill the remaining twenty criminals. He doesn’t expect to come back, but is determined to find the leader, deliver justice and reunite in his afterlife with his late wife. Bryton is dark, rough, battle-worn and ready to avenge his wife’s death and be done. If you like tortured heroes, you’ll fall all over Bryton.

3-Bryton and Salome together. These two make for an interesting and entertaining pair. Where she’s light, he’s dark….but it doesn’t always stay that way. Remember that temper I mentioned? Nothing amuses Bryton more than teasing Salome. And while written out that way, you might find Bryton an ass, but he’s not and she handles him well. One of my favorite scenes showing this dynamic can be found here. She’s sent to bring him peace, remember? And when Bryton is teasing, we begin to see the carefree, light-hearted man he once was. While Bryton struggles to hold on to his hate, Salome begins to grapple with her newfound physical interest in Bryton.

4-The world, Eldwyn. As I was typing this, I was trying to think of ways to describe how and why I like this world. Horseback and wagons are used for transportation, weapons of choice are swords, lending the story a historical feel, but yet, there’s a modern attitude (such as the treatment and respect toward women as people rather than objects). And then it struck me. Eldwyn reminds me very much of the old tv show Xena. Only instead of a starring a warrior princess, we have a battle-hardened Bryton. For Gabriella humanizing Xena, we have Salome there bringing Bryton back and opening his heart.

5-The Story. It’s a classic good vs. evil plot. And let me tell you, the Skullmen are really, really evil. And it’s not just the plot of what happens, it’s how Inez tells the story. Her writing is beautiful, in that the story touches every romantic at heart whether you’re reading a love scene or a fighting scene.

If you love stories with a slow sexual tension build up, a romanticized plot and good fight at the end—then you do not want to miss this story. In fact, I’m giving a copy away! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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