Review: Blind Destiny by Shiloh Walker

Posted October 11, 2012 by Vampbard in 5 stars, Paranormal Romance, Rating A Tags: , , ,

Blind Destiny
Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Grimm’s Circle, Book #7
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): e-book
Book Source: Author

About the book:
Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s back to hell she goes…
Myrsina knows the stories. As one of the oldest of the Grimm, she had a hand in writing most of them, but only she knows the dark origin of the Seven Bloody Sisters. It springs from the place of her birth—and her death. A place of pain and misery to which she plans to never return. Unless forced.
When Luc appears on her doorstep, her heart twists with suppressed longing for the man who can never be hers. The only man who can make her do the impossible—go home.
Luc may be blind, but through their unique, bittersweet connection, even he can see that the task laid before them is ripping Sina’s soul apart. This time it isn’t as simple as fighting a demon that has escaped from the netherplains.
Sina must go back in time—to that cursed ground—and right a wrong that she unknowingly brought about. To write a new ending to a story that may give them both a chance at happily ever after. Assuming they survive.
Warning: This book contains a not-so-fairy-tale prince, a Snow White who was never very innocent, a lot of bloody fights, some ghosts, and a new sort of angel…
What VampBards talking about:
Hey.  Who forgot to tell me that Shiloh Walker wrote twisted fairy tales?  As an aficionado of all things Grimm, I have a deep appreciation for Ms. Walker’s twist on a familiar story in her seventh Grimm book, Blind Destiny.  With a paranormal bent, Ms. Walker takes two strong-willed characters and molds them into the perfect pairing – one a long time coming.  
I’ve never read any of Ms. Walker’s Grimm titles, and I wasn’t lost simply jumping in on book 7.  I really like the fact that the titles can stand-alone, or (potentially) take a reader on a seek-and-find mission through the series.  Blind Destiny was well-crafted, and the plot arc was steep enough that I kept wondering whether I was reading a novella for the first part of the book.  Ya gotta love a story that starts moving from page 1.  I was definitely happy to get a full length story of Luc & Sina goodness though!  
Luc, our blind immortal and his partner for this ‘mission’, Sina – another immortal – weren’t meeting for the first time.  While they don’t have a relationship-type history, we quickly learn that one of the parties was definitely interested in ‘more’.  The sexual tension began mounting as soon as Luc and Sina were in the same room.  It. Never. Stopped.  Snag a tall, cool drink and be ready for some beautiful, smokin’, and WELL-WRITTEN sex scenes.  Oh, and they weren’t just sex.  The emotional connection between the characters that I require as a reader was present and accounted for throughout the title.  Ok.  They didn’t admit the connection right away.  The omniscient perspective allowed us to rattle around in both Luc and Sina’s heads, so we knew their trains-of-thought.  
So.  How ’bout the scary part of the story?  I have been reading Stephen King since I was around 10 or 11 years old.  Nothing scares me.  I’ve pretty much read it all.  However, Ms. Walker pitched a curve ball down the middle of home plate.  With the converging of several people and spirits at the culmination of the rising action, I honestly wasn’t sure exactly what was going to happen.  I even found myself re-reading passages because I was trying to figure out the spirits and their relationship to the humans in the vicinity.  
As the story of the old house unravels, we learn more about Sina, her history as a mortal, and more about her storytelling prowess.  Most of the time, we find males as the tortured warriors.  I’d have to honestly say that I felt that Sina was the one tortured in this title.  With her history coming back to literally haunt her, as well as her memories of the past, Sina was definitely carrying the bulk of the Crappy Memories load during the course of Blind Destiny.  Even though there was a crazy storm of holy $hit going down, Sina bore her burden with grace, style, and not even a hint of crazy beyotch.  
Luc?  He’s a hawt blind dude that has some major fighting moves.  You know the type.  Hottt beyond measure.  Makes ya drool simply thinking about him.  I think Sina & Luc’s boss said it all though:  Sina is the one he wanted to do the job.  Luc was along to keep Sina sane and focused.  Mmmhmmm.  Me likey.  
Instead of wandering aimlessly through the stacks at the library, randomly flipping through an online bookstore catalogue, or otherwise acquiring reading material, pick up Blind Destiny.  Who doesn’t love a Snow White story?!?!  … even if it’s replete with a bunch of WTH!
VampBards Rating:
Personal favorite – a must read (A+)

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