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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quicksilver by Joy Spraycar

Publisher:  AuthorHouse
Pages:  360


From the Cover:

A recurring nightmare holds Serry Miller in its grip and has for most of her life. In spite of her fear of the man who becomes a monster, she's in love with him. Not only does she have nightmares while she sleeps, she's living in one with an abusive, alcoholic husband. 

When, Serry's drunken husband hit's Quinton Worthington's car, she sees the face of the man from her nightmares on a stretcher entering the hospital. When he looks at her and calls her by her name, she is plummeted into a life that she has only dreamed about. Quinton Worthington has suffered for over a hundred years. That's when his evil father ripped Serenity, the love of Quinton's life, from him. At the same time, he changed Quinton into a monster. 

When Quinton sees Serry's face in the hospital, he believes that Serenity has come back, and he will do anything to be with her. There's only one thing that stands in their way of having the life they want: Quinton's father.

Serenity has been Quinton's love throughout time, for over 150 years, he has dreamed of nothing else... since her death and before. Quinton's father made sure he'd never have anyone. First, he took Serenity for himself and turned Quinton, cursing him with his own brand of cruelty. Nine months later, Serenity comes back to Quinton, pregnant and with birth upon her. She lives long enough to see her baby girl.

Quinton is heartbroken, Serenity was and will be his only love. He's also accused of killing wantonly, but he can't remember any of it. He leaves to spend his immortal life elsewhere.

It is now 150 years later, Quinton has learned to control his beast, though he still longs for a cure. After a car accident, he's brought to the hospital, and who should he find, but the spitting image of a modern day Serenity, and they've been sharing dreams. How is any of this possible? He realizes one more thing, if he's going to stay with this Serenity, he going to have to find a cure, because without it, it could mean her death.

Quicksilver by Joy Spraycar is a paranormal romance with a dastardly werewolf with the form of Quinton's father. We're not told how Quinton's father is turned, just that he was trying to help a friend, and came home covered in blood. We're left to assume, he and his friend were attacked by a werewolf. He leaves his wife and young son because he doesn't wish to hurt them, but something happens to him along the way. He starts out as a fairly decent character, but somehow he becomes twisted, incapable of any kind of real love and emotionally stunted. When Quinton comes looking for him, after promising his mother, he bites Quinton while man handling Quinton's love, Serenity. She later dies from childbirth.  Jump to the present. Quinton once again finds his love, but he has a feeling more is going on, even than he guess. And it could all come back to Quinton's father and Serenity's father too.

Quicksilver is the debut novel by this new author. The story is well told with likable characters and exciting chases. Quinton, at first, suffers greatly with his werewolfism, constantly fearing what he might become or who he might hurt. He's already taken his mother's life, or so he thinks, after she sent to find his father, and his father subsequently turns Quinton too, just because he can. As he comes into his wolfness, he realizes one thing, his father is killing others, and is forcibly blaming the rogue were, Quinton. He runs for his life. The books jumps 150 years to the present only to find Serenity reincarnated, and though Serenity sees him in her dream, she longs for the real thing. Her life isn't all sunshine and roses, but it wasn't in her past life either. Little does she know that she's found her one love, and that she holds the cure for his turning. Quicksilver is a quick read, but a little wordy and with detailed descriptions, slowing down the pace a tad, but still quite enjoyable. And though it just me, I like a little more dialogue between the hero and heroine, and less examining of their feelings. With only these few minor niggles, I have to say the story was wonderfully told and I would read another book by this new author. An excellent first try for a debut novelist, an exciting story and interesting characters. Quinton was a tortured hero, and Serenity endures, reborn through time, waiting for Quinton. Paranormal romances lovers will want to give this one a try.

I received a copy of the ebook for review from Joy Spraycar. All opinions expressed are my own.

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