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Dirk and Steele Series

Rikki Donovan is another one of my guest blog reviewer for me here on the blog. She will be reviewing a novel by Marjorie M. Liu today that she had previously read but would like to recommend to readers of this blog. I hope that it won’t be the first and last time Rikki can guest blog review here on Talk About My Favorite Authors so I can be able to post more reviews by Rikki here on the blog for all to enjoy and you can also visit her own blog to enjoy what she has to say.
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TIGER EYE by Marjorie M. Liu $ 6.99 (Book 1)(342 Pages)
Synopsis: An old woman at a market in China presses Dela into buying an old wooden box. When she opens the box in her hotel room an exotic looking man appears. Hari has been trapped inside the box for a long time. Hundreds of years ago a wizard cursed him, took away his ability to shapeshift and deposited him in the bottle. Only when the bottle is opened he comes out to do its owner’s bidding. Dela is determined to help Hari break his curse and find his skin again, so he can shift once more.

Review: “Tiger Eye” is the first book in the Dirk & Steele series. Dirk & Steele is an agency whose employees all have paranormal abilities. The guys working for it are extremely interesting characters who all get their own book in time. Dela is the sister of one of them and is constantly involved in the agency’s work. Once she and Hari are back in the US it turns out that they not only have to deal with the wizard who cursed Hair, but also with another party who threatens to kill Dela. The story has various plot strings it evolves around—Hari’s curse, the threats against Dela’s life and Hari’s and Dela’s blooming love.

The love story is a very good one. At first Hari is less than pleased to be summoned once more. Besides, he is full of hatred for the world in general. Well, who can blame him? Dela is not happy with the fact that a half naked hunk from another time is turning up in her room. However, soon enough they come to enjoy each other’s company thoroughly. There is a lot of chemistry between them and they never stoop to stupid banter and misunderstandings—one of my pet peeves. Dela wants to help Hari to regain his freedom at whatever cost. Hari in turn is resolved to protect Dela from her attackers.

The plot made sense and the world Liu built is compelling—magic, shapeshifters, people with various psychic abilities, it’s all there, but in a non-obtrusive way. I can’t wait to read more about the other Dirk & Steele members.
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Phoebe Jordan
Phoebe Jordan

Phoebe Jordan

I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre. I read and review romance novels of almost every subgenre along with erotic romance, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and young adult novels. You can find the reviews at my blogs, Talk About My Favorite Authors and Phoebe Jordan's Reviews. I’ve also started a live podcast show called TAMFA | Phoebe Jordan hosted on Blog Talk Radio. This show is dedicated to everything I love about romance and young adult novels. I love having romance and young adult authors live on my show to be interviewed and showcase their books. I plan to write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, paranormal romance and young adult when I get my writing career started with help from Keta. I'm not sure what genre I'll write to begin with since I love to read so many different romance genres.

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