Author: Ann Mayburn
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Novella, 75 pgs
Release Date: June 20th 2011
Locked in a demonic curse, Carmella Ramirez has lost the will to love. Once she was the star of the Ramirez Samba School and lived a charmed life. Now, thanks to bitchery and voodoo, she's the School's seamstress and living in the ghetto. At night, a succubus overtakes Carmella's body and uses her to lure men to their death. As the corpses pile up, those controlling Carmella plan to sacrifice her to their demonic God and blame her for all the men the succubus killed.
Her only hope is Sean Kalmus- a world famous musician and warrior of the Celtic God of Music, Maponus. Sean is in Brazil to DJ for the Ramirez School at this year's Carnival. Maponus orders Sean to find and rescue Carmella, who is Sean's Comhcheol- the perfect harmony to his soul's melody.
With Sean's help, Carmella will have to call on her strength, his magic and their love to break herself free before she becomes Brazil's most notorious serial killer.
This is a novella of Mayburn's Chosen by the Gods series, #1.5 in the series, if you will. A succubus, the Brazilian Carnival festival, voodoo, a sexy Chosen warrior of Creation, a former dancer turned seamstress and a god of Destruction's minions come together in this sensual paranormal romance.
Once again Mayburn has woven realistic characters and a irresistible story line set in Rio de Janeiro just prior to and during Carnival to engage the reader from the start. Full of sarcastic and wry humor, it had me chuckling from the first page. Bes, a War god of Creation and a patron of music, dancing, humor and sexuality as well as a protector of women, introduced in Blessed (the first book of the series), makes an appearance in this story as well. Being a novella, this is a stand alone story.
Carmella, the heroine, is plagued by self worth and self respect issues, has terrible nightmares and has no idea she is possessed by a succubus. She sees Sean and it is like he is the sun warming her - it has been forever since she has desired anyone.
Sean, the hero, is a DJ, musician and part of a music and dance entertainment troupe as well as a Chosen warrior of Creation. When he sees Carmella, even disguised in dreary clothing 3 sizes too big, he gets hard. He thinks she may be that "special soul that resonates with" his own.
Sean asks Carmella to teach him some traditional Brazilian dances and it turns into a very sensual display leaving him hard and her wet. Later, wow, that man does oral sex proud. My, my, my, the things that man does to her without physically touching her. And the shower scene...steamy! The man is so talented and I haven't even started to talk about his music yet. On a sexy scale, this is a 2 out of 4 (but only because for most of the story Carmella is a virgin).
Fans of L.A. Banks' Vampire Huntress Legend urban fantasy series might notice a vague plot similarity but Mayburn does it without blood sucking vampires and in true sensual paranormal romance fashion.
A great short story that can be read in one sitting, it is not to be missed by paranormal romance fans. I can't wait for the next full length story in this series.