Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bitten’s She-Wolf Pack Thursday Review for May – EDGE OF PASSION (Cloak Warriors #1) by Tina Folsom

EDGE OF PASSION (Cloak Warriors #1)

Published:  March 7, 2012
Paranormal Romance
Novel, ebook
Supplied by Author for an honest review

Able to render themselves invisible, immortal Cloak Warriors like Aiden have been protecting humans from the dark power of the Demons of Fear for centuries. But the demons might soon have a powerful tool in their hands to seduce humans to the dark side. And the person to provide them with this elixir is the human scientist Leila. Unbeknownst to her, the drug she’s developing to cure Alzheimer’s Disease has the unexpected side effect of weakening the mind’s resistance to the influence of demons.

The Council of Cloak Warriors is divided, some of them believing the only safe way to eradicate this threat is to eliminate its inventor; others are bent on protecting the human scientist. Aiden is a loyal Cloak Warrior who accepts the assignment to protect her, despite his own beliefs that humans can’t be trusted. However, when her life is endangered, his beliefs shift, and he’s drawn into a battle whose participants are unknown: is he fighting the demons or his fellow Cloak Warriors?

Forbidden desire flares between Aiden and Leila as they are forced to rely on the only people they can trust: each other. And even if he can save her and defeat their enemies, a union between them might be the most dangerous undertaking of all.


Bitten's She-Wolf Pack's Ratings and Reviews

Kris’ Ratings:

Review:  2 – A Small Howl
Sexual:  2 - Steamy

This was a quick read about demons trying to take over the world and the guardians who are here to protect us. I liked Leila, but there really wasn't much to her. She's the brilliant scientist who only focuses on her research and her parents.  I had a hard time even liking Aiden.  He's the Guardian sent to protect her, but he's immature, temperamental, and a poor friend. At one point, his very best friend in the world for over 200 years disappears, and he almost immediately assumes that the guy has become a traitor. What?!?  I just struggled to even want her to hook up with him.  The plot moved quickly, and the other characters were interesting.

Ollie’s Ratings:

Review:  3 – One Good Howl
Sexual:  3 – HOT!

Cloak Warrior is the first book in a new series by Tina Folsom who is famous for her Scanguard Vampire and Venice Vampyr series. I'm a big fan of Tina's and was really looking forward to reading this one.

The story focuses on Aiden a cloak warrior set to protect humans from the forces of evil and Leila, a brilliant researcher on the verge of discovering a drug that may cure Alzheimer's Disease. Unfortunately the drug may inadvertently allow humans to open channels in their mind to be more susceptible to being controlled by the forces of evil. As with a lot of stories dealing with demonic forces they want to control the world and the more chaos, fear, and destruction the more negative energy they feed off and strengthen. However, Aiden is assigned to protect Leila from the forces of evil and needs to destroy the research to ensure it never falls into the wrong hands.

Now the story started strong, but somehow as the story progressed it seemed to lose its steam for me. I found at times I couldn't really connect to the main characters. It could have been that I didn't get know the characters in terms of their morals, and their values. Although some aspects of their character were mentioned it didn't seem it was demonstrated. It reminds me what I heard a writer say "don't just tell me what is happening but show me" and I just felt in the book I was being told about scenes and didn't really feel the scenes. It felt at times the characters were going through the motions but the emotional content wasn't strong. The concept of the book was good and really wanted to like this latest book from Tina, but I felt it was lacking the suspense, action and romance to pull me in and engross me.

CarolDee Ratings:

Review:  3 – One Good Howl
Sexual:  3 – HOT!


I had such higher hopes for Edge of Passion, but it just didn't happen for me :(
I fell in love with Tina Folsom's Scanguard series primarily because of originality and likeable characters.  Unfortunately, Edge of Passion didn't give me the same feeling of reading something fresh and new.  There seemed to be too many clichés that are found in the Paranormal romance genre.  I know I've complained of the same thing before, but it just becomes tiresome when you feel like you're reading the same book with slightly different details.

The love interest between Aiden and Leila never peaked my interest.  I enjoyed Aiden's character, but Leila drove me insane.  I'm not going to lie and say I know anything about pharmaceutical research but if Leila was truly being selfless in her search for a cure for the Alzheimer’s that was destroying her parents why not be open and share her research with other medical professionals?  It seems to me that twenty doctors working on a project would go quicker than one.  Okay, so maybe that was a bit of a ramble, but it was just a huge hole in the plot for me.    And I don't feel like the ‘Cloak Warriors' were ever explained in full detail.  Where did they get their magic?  Why did the start fighting the Demons of Fear? Were they mandated by God? BAH, there were just so many little things that ate at me.  The redeeming qualities were mainly the secondary characters.  I really enjoyed Aiden's fellow warriors especially the womanizing Manus.  What can I say I have a soft spot for bad boys *grin* 

Despite everything Edge of Passions was a fun and easy read. I would absolutely recommend it to people looking to fill the downtime between a new Midnight Breed or Dark Hunter installment.

Laurie (BittenByParanormalRomance) Ratings:

Review:  4 – A Pack Howl
Sexual:  2 - Steamy

Edge of Passion is a new series by Tina Folsom, I really liked the story and I’m looking forward to reading and learning more of these warriors and their world as the series continues.
Tina is known for her very steamy romance stories, while this one gets steamy it’s nothing like her other books and I think that’s what I loved most because I felt like I got to know the hero and heroine as they worked together, even though they did get very predictable and annoying at times with their back and forth business LOL.

I really liked how Tina added passion in Leila’s Alzheimer’s work. I hope one day there will truly be a cure for this disease in the real world.

I recommend this to PNR readers.

Artemis’ Ratings:

Review:  3 – One Good Howl
Sexual:  2 – Steamy

I’m on the fence with this one.  It’s one of those stores that were lukewarm.  None of the characters ever ignited the pages for me, even though they were likeable enough.  However, the heroine got on my last never and just about made the TSTL List even though she was a brilliant scientist!

Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure what this Cloak Warrior and Demon of Fear world/feud consisted of until halfway through the book and everything finally clicked into place.  It grew to be quite aggravating.

I’m not giving up on this new series yet – if for one reason alone.  Zoltan.  I love that name!

Rev Riot Gyrl's Ratings:

Review: 3 - One Good Howl
Sexy:  2 - Steamy

I will say I really admire Ms. Folsom from breaking away from her highly successful vampire series to start another and she doesn’t disappoint either.

The Cloak Warriors are a highly secret group who are here on earth to protect humans from the Demons of Fear. The more humans give into them, the more powerful they become and thus, the harder the job Cloak Warriors have with protecting precious mortals.

The world building is excellent and if this series is going to be anything like Ms. Folsom’s Scanguard’s Vampires series then each book will focus on a different warrior. Her first pick was the brooding yet very handsome Aiden, who falls for sexy researcher, Leila.

As a very well paid and dedicated scientist, Leila is hard at work trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s but the Demons want the cure as well because it could easily allow humans to do their bidding much easier than without it.

Aiden is sent to protect Leila and the sparks start to fly.

First, let me say that this was an enjoyable story with solid characters and very well-evolved and developed secondary characters. Ms. Folsom doesn’t do slapdash as her fan base is well aware.

However, the reason why this book only got one good howl from me is because I couldn’t connect with Aiden and Leila as a couple. I adored Aiden but I wasn’t crazy about Leila as a character and thus, this somewhat dampened the story for me.

There is also the whole schizophrenic feel of their relationship which makes no sense. One moment, they are passionate about one another and the next, they are fighting like cats and dogs. In ordinary circumstances, this might be okay, but both of them are in danger throughout the entire novel and if there isn’t any trust, there can’t be a cohesive relationship. Without a cohesive relationship, it is hard to buy these two are supposed to be destined for one another because in reality, it just seems like the hot guy is settling for the hot girl as opposed to “destiny”. It’s obvious there is something special about their coupling but to me, it didn’t have that spark and thus this is how it turned out for me.

First novels in a series are tough and the Cloak Warriors are interesting enough I would definitely continue with the series. However, I suspect this will be more mainstream and less erotic per se. There is much more action and heroics than lovemaking but the novel felt balanced and overall well written.

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