Centuries of loyalty
His code of honor was respected without question, until he consumed the blood of an enemy in exchange for a mortal woman to be set free from certain slavery.
He can’t forget her
Despite knowing, he will be imprisoned and put to death if caught, Balen, a fierce Senses Tracker, returns to Toronto to find the mortal woman, Danielle, he left behind two years ago. Haunted with memories of the torture they endured in the hands of a Senses enemy, Balen’s determination to see her again, drives him to risk everything. But when he does, a new enemy comes into play, one he can’t defeat.
To conquer the wrath of fear
Determined to find some sort of peace after her abduction, Danielle finds solace in painting a man from her nocturnal unconsciousness. When he comes knocking on her door, her world is shattered and Danielle must face her worst fears in order to survive what is coming after them. It won’t stop. It can’t. For the ancient spell has no compassion.
A journey of tenacious desire that refuses to fade even though that is what will destroy them. Because—in order for Danielle to live, first she must die.
Wraiths, Senses (and their Scars), Vampires, Witches, CWOs, and tons of otherworldly creatures! What more could you ask for? I was a little taken aback at the very beginning – which is a list of supernatural creatures and their definitions. However, as soon as I started reading the first chapter, I got over my initial shock as I was tossed into the familiar scene of a vampire and his victim. I admit, I wondered what on Earth Balen had agreed to at the end of the first chapter. Then – POOF! – we’re with Danielle, two years later, and she’s trying to put her life back together, but her dreams are haunted by a green-eyed man. Danielle’s character is quick to anger, but she doesn’t hold grudges. She also speaks her mind and doesn’t balk at telling someone just was she’s thinking – and she does it all with flare, fire and spunk (especially when a man orders her to do, or not do something)! I immediately liked her!
The supernatural bits were interesting. My favorite part was the Scars that the Senses have; I would have liked to see that aspect in more scenes. The hierarchy of the supernaturals was neat as well – with the Wraiths and Senses working together to keep the CWOs (vampires and the like) in check. The backstory of how it all came about was slowly revealed throughout the story, which avoided heavy info dumping.
Now to the juicy, steamy scenes! I don’t read a lot of novels with hot-and-heavy romance scenes. I didn’t find these over the top or intrusive to the rest of the story. In fact, I think the author did a great job at depicting the longing Danielle and Balen felt for one another, as well as demonstrating the loving relationships of the other characters. I would best describe it as almost like an adult take on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
There were parts that became repetitive, like the brooding bits when Danielle whined about her reasons for protecting herself from falling in love and whether she should Jump (hence the title!), and when Balen moaned about whether he was worthy of Danielle and whether his fellow warriors would ever forgive his betrayal. The reiteration was unnecessary at times.
On the whole, I enjoyed reading Jump and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the story. I would like to see where the story goes next!
Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Appropriate for ages 17 & up.
20 FUN FACTS with Cindy Paterson, Author of Jump:
1) On Valentine’s Day when I was fourteen my dad was taking me out for dinner and instead drove up the driveway of a horse farm. There in the field was a big chestnut horse with a pink bow around his neck. It said, ‘To my daughter on Valentine’s Day Love Dad.’ I had my horse Sunny for twenty years.
2) I was eating chicken wings one day and suddenly I stopped, put it down and never touched meat again for 19yrs.
3) My mom used to give me what looked like the ‘bowl’ haircut when I was a kid. UGH.
4) I cut off a police officer making a left hand turn when I was 16 years old. He wasn’t happy and gave me a reckless driving charge.
5) Really rare…my horse Nash was born a twin out in my back field.
6) I can make the best French Onion soup and grilled cheese, but that’s about it.
7) I’ve had my hands inside my Newfie’s and Yorkie’s abdomens. Yep, I assisted in spaying them and did all their sutures.
8) I’m terrified of flying. I mean completely petrified. I had to go to the hospital before one flight because I was so stressed out my jaw locked shut. I still fly as I never want it to stop me from enjoying life, but damn it sucks.
9) I hand raised several baby raccoons over the years for my work. One of them never left. I named him Buddy and had him for seven years. He had a cat door in my window to leave whenever he wanted. He never did. Buddy slept in bed with me, loved to have a shower, opened the fridge and cleaned the cats. Also, he used a litter box. Buddy died of a kidney tumor ten years ago and I still miss him to this day (But I never want another one, LOL).
10) I did my course for dog Massage Therapy.
11) I went to boarding school for two years and loved it. I also worked there in the summers looking after the horses as it was also a camp.
12) I’m not a shopper. Don’t like trying on clothes or shoes or looking for that perfect outfit. But I do love purses.
13) I smashed my car into a hydro pole when I was in my late teens. The wires fell on my car and I was so scared I jumped out. A big big no no. The cop couldn’t figure out how I was still alive. When she looked down at my feet, she saw I was wearing rain boots. They saved my life.
14) When I’m feeling down, I buy a fish. A live fish. Currently, I have three fish tanks at work and three at home.
15) Writing about men with tattoos has made me want one, so I’ve finally decided on the perfect image to get on my side. A calligraphy style horse head.
16) I have a scar on my left leg from a German Sheppard bite and another running the length of my right outer thigh from a coat hanger sticking out of a garbage bag.
17) I love to try to fix everything myself. So, I was re-flooring my spare bedroom and ripping out the old carpeting when the X-Acto knife slipped and went straight into my upper thigh.
18) Never been married. Just haven’t met the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with. Oh well, book boyfriends are hot. Bonus…I can make my own book boyfriends.
19) I’d rather swallow a box of nails then do any kind of public speaking.
20) I have a Red-footed Tortoise named ‘Bucket’.
MEET THE AUTHOR:
I am Xamien’s secret lover. Well, in my head I am and since I’m single this is completely allowed. Some of you may ask, who is Xamien, don’t worry you will meet him soon enough, but no falling in love with him. He is all mine.
Writing books is a fantastic way to have adventures that are impossible to have otherwise. I mean do you really want to fall in love with Waleron? He is so unstable and would never pick up after your dogs or clean the litter box. Not to mention the fact that he is always out killing disgusting grave robbing bug people.
Curling up with a good book and losing yourself to another time and place is the greatest reward. Being able to feel a character’s emotions, their fears, pain and love. Now that is incredible. I relish in the books that stay with me long after they have ended. This is what I strive for in my writing. To give the readers, and myself, an escape into another world, my world.
I have been writing since I was twelve. My parents, sorry mom and dad, would send me to my room for an hour every night to do homework, and instead I wrote stories. Oops, guess that is why i did so bad in math.
I have never stopped writing since then and never will. It’s like an addiction, but a good one. I adore stepping into the shoes of a character and deciding their fate. The characters are why I write. I want to fall in love with them (even the bad ones), so that I care about what happens to them in a story. If I can’t care about the characters then why bother with the story.
I live in Toronto with a menagerie of pets that keep me on my toes.
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I received a free copy of Jump from the author through Book Enthusiast Promotions in exchange for an honest review.