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Book CoverAsh’s review of Break by Tarra Blaize
Paranormal romance novella eBook released by Samhain 25 May 2010

I’ve always appreciated a hero, or heroine, who does what they need to do without drowning in guilt . Break has that with Gethin, a hot blood demon. While he is a good guy, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. I love demons as heroes, but sometimes I am just sick of the fact that they always seem to hate themselves, or they aren’t really all that bad. Gethin is the breath of fresh air I needed, he doesn’t suffer from endless guilt. For that alone, I loved this book. Add in a realistic heroine who holds her own, and Terra Blaize has gotten a new fan in me.

There is never a doubt that Gethin can do some awful things. We don’t know at first whether he is good or bad, but we know he will do what he has to and he is not afraid to get his hands dirty. I appreciated that more than I thought I would.

He doesn’t let his attraction to Layla get in the way once he believes she has betrayed him, and then once he believes her, he does everything he can to protect her and her brother. I loved Gethin. I wish more heroes were as delicious as he is. He’s a good demon with a bad side and he isn’t ashamed of it.

I also really liked Layla. Tarra Blaize was able to create a heroine who is tortured but strong, and my heart ached for her at times. She has gone through some horrible things, but she seems to come out stronger for it. I enjoyed every part of her and Gethin’s relationship, from the start to the finish.

I don’t think it is easy for an author to write a novella that feels like a full-length novel. I never felt like I was missing something or that Break was lacking in any way.

I would love to read more by Tarra Blaize, and if she can do this with a short story, I would like to see what she can do with a longer one.

ashGrade: B


Don’t bother looking for trouble. It’ll find you.

An Angels and Demons story.

Layla Roads’ life is a laundry list of irony. Trailer trash. High school dropout. Beautiful liar. Highly skilled computer hacker. And one additional, extraordinary gift: the ability to see the demons and angels engaged in a ferocious battle on the urban streets at night.

When kidnappers hold her brother, Layla finds herself up to her neck in a plot to bring down a powerful blood demon. A crude, sexual, violent demon who kills without flinching, pushes her buttons, and looks at her with too-knowing eyes. What’s worse is she feels an answering tug of desire.

It doesn’t take Gethin long to figure out he has a pretty traitor on his hands—and that she’s being blackmailed. As a lone human female her quest to save her brother is hopeless—just like the attraction between them. For even if Gethin helps her save all she holds dear, she can never be his…

Read an excerpt.