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Dariel’s Review : “The Mark of Cain”

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This review was originally posted to my Review page on this site, and definitely deserves a second look! Enjoy…

Mark of Cain

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Mark of Cain

  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KAM0FO
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History as we know it is a lie. An intricate web of half-truths and falsifications spun by the most infamous murderer in history: the immortal, Cain, son of Adam and Eve. All so the truth of him and his power can stay in the shadows, with every oblivious mortal his pawn. The Mark of Cain reveals the truth.

After murdering his brother, Abel, Cain was unjustly cursed by God. When the curse becomes too unbearable for him and he faces immortality alone, Cain puts his energy into claiming the Earth as his own. Now, after thousands of years living his life as some of history’s greatest conquerors, the ruthless first son of Adam finally has a controlling interest in the world with the strongest governments secretly answering to him.

Tired of the bloodshed and manipulation that has brought him to this point, Cain is ready to relax. But God has sent someone to challenge his interests: a young woman named Hara, whose very life was foretold centuries ago.

To keep God from victory, Cain sets out to woo and corrupt Hara, planning to kill her once she is no longer God’s Chosen One. At first, as she edges off the path leading toward the fulfillment of the prophecy, Cain can’t help but feel smug. However, the closer he gets to her, the more he finds that Hara’s charitable presence causes him to feel shame for the first time in his long life, and soon he finds that he no longer wishes her harm. But the prophecy is clear on this; she has to die for him to win. When it comes to her end, will he be as selfish as he has always been, or will he sacrifice himself for the love of his very long life?

 
Review
 

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review, and WOW am I delighted! “The Mark of Cain” is an outstanding read with romance, action, and epic historical sections. Even the most flawed characters are believable and loveable

 Hara is an orphan, raised in a Catholic orphanage to be as perfect and good as possible, while Cain, yes, the one from the Bible, is the world’s first murderer, unrepentant, blasphemous, always harboring a dark motive for everything he does. Cain is hardened and self-centered, while Hara is innocent and fragile. Each needs the other to effect positive changes in their lives.

 Cain is definitely not the typical hero, but he’s blatantly honest, and unapologetic about his character or motives. Seeley’s ability to create a complex man who is both hero/protagonist and antagonist is remarkable, and I immediately fell in love with his sharp, if a bit dark wit and sense of humor. Despite the terrible crimes Cain has committed throughout his immortal lifetime, Seeley managed to make me relate to him, and his actions toward Hara are every woman’s dream.

 Hara, the heroine, is the source of our necessary side-kicks, Tracker and Crystal.  Their characters become more important as the story unwinds, particularly Tracker, who not only harbors a secret from Hara, but wants her for himself.

The greatest accomplishment is Seeley’s descent into Cain’s mind. Any reader will learn to love him, hoping for the best and yearning for a happily ever after until the very end. Due to Hara’s innocence, there was very little sex in the novel, but the story was so enthralling, I barely missed it (and I do enjoy a good love scene). This is a MUST read – one you’ll grab to read every free moment, hate to put it down, and actually feel sad when it’s over. A rare novel I’m sure I’ll read more than once. Definitely five satin pillows! Heat rating: Sensual (2 candles out of 5).

The greatest accomplishment is Seeley’s descent into Cain’s mind. Any reader will learn to love him, hoping for the best and yearning for a happily ever after until the very end. Due to Hara’s innocence, there was very little sex in the novel, but the story was so enthralling, I barely missed it (and I do enjoy a good love scene). This is a MUST read – one you’ll grab to read every free moment, hate to put it down, and actually feel sad when it’s over. A rare novel I’m sure I’ll read more than once. Definitely five satin pillows! Heat rating: Sensual (2 candles out of 5).

Four Star Review of “Dark Sentinels Book Two: Torin” From TRR

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Torin

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The struggle between the werewolves and the scientists who want to experiment on them continues in the second Dark Sentinels book, TORIN.Torin DuMont is a Sentinel for the werewolves that live in the protected Wild Lands in Florida. He is forced to seek the help of real estate attorney Stephanie Bates when land developers try to get their hands on Wild Lands. Torin and Stephanie, while appearing to be hostile towards one another, can’t seem to stop thinking about one another. And when Stephanie’s own problems put her in danger, she finds herself in need of Torin’s protection.Despite their best efforts to maintain a professional relationship, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. Even more disturbing than the land developers is the fact that Torin has to figure out why Wild Lands wolves keep disappearing. Torin learns of the problems other packs have had with Super Human, the scientists who want to experiment on shifters, and calls for support. Sable comes in to help Torin and his group, and at the same time helps Torin deal with his attraction to a human.

I enjoyed all of the new characters that were introduced and was happy to get some follow up on the status of Sable and Akila’s relationship from the first book. The brother/sister relationships are almost as fun to read about as the romances in these stories. The author does a great job expressing the love/irritation relationship of siblings. This was a great continuation of the Dark Sentinels series and I hope I get to read more.

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Great Reads and a Character Interview!

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Hi Everyone! Rachelle Ayala, author of the five star epic historical romance, “Michal’s Window,” is interviewing Sable, my “Dark Sentinels” hero from book one!  Also, check out my finds and features for “Book Talk Wednesdays” at my blog site today! You’ll find the link to the interview there, too 🙂

Author Mia Darien is Interviewing Me Tomorrow!

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Hi there! This is my next to last stop on the “Dark Sentinels” book tour, and author Mia Darien is hosting me! She did an interview with Sable, hero of “Dark Sentinels” book one a couple of weeks back, and now it’s my turn 🙂 Stop by and say “hi” if you get a chance.

Day Three – “Dark Sentinels” Virtual Book Tour

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I’m visiting Adonis Devereux and Angel Graham today! Like I said yesterday,  Angel’s actually on schedule for Saturday, but she’s extremely creative, so she’s rigged up something cool for both today and tomorrow. Special thanks to everyone who has already stopped by to “like” and “tag” “Dark Sentinels.” I really appreciate the support. I’m still requesting that everyone who has a few seconds go to my  “Dark Sentinels”page at Amazon and “like” and “tag” it! Oh, and don’t forget to check my blogger site to keep up with the tour schedule :-) The first prize drawing is today, so comment, comment.