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Stranger, December 2010
Blades of Rose #4
by Zoe Archer

Kensington Zebra
Featuring: Catullus Graves; Gemma Murphy
370 pages
ISBN: 1420106821
EAN: 9781420106824
Kindle: B003VWC1JM
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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"Zoe Archer sweeps you away to her world."

Fresh Fiction Review

Zoe Archer

Reviewed by Chris Jones
Posted September 11, 2010

Romance Paranormal

STRANGER begins in the year 1875 and ends in 1876. In between, the story spans from the Canadian Rockies, to a ship crossing, through the lands of fairy and otherworld, and crosses the ocean to England. One could describe this story as a historical paranormal adventure romance. At times it reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, Indiana Jones, and the best of Titanic rolled into one story.

The main characters in STRANGER are Catullus Graves, the hero if you will, who is on a mission to bring back his friend and fellow Blade, Astrid. Lesperance, Astrid's love, rounds out there group. Catullus Graves is a world traveler, an inventor, and a warrior for all people. He is a Blade and dedicated to their mission of keeping the world from domination by evil doers. Gemma, our heroine, is a writer for the Tribune. This red-headed, independent woman has ideals ahead of her time. She is strong willed, witty, admirable and a fighter. Gemma secretly follows the Blade until she is caught eavesdropping and her world is forever changed.

STRANGER is the fourth book by Zoe Archer, in the The Blades of the Rose series. Stranger is the first book I have read by this author and I will definitely be reading the others in this series. STRANGER is a mix of romance, magic, and adventure. The Blades of the Rose are a talented, multifaceted group of people fighting to keep the world's magic from falling into the wrong hands by any means necessary, including death. The romances in this story are believable and touching in their honesty. I found myself captivated by the depths of their feelings. The erotic thoughts, scenes, and passionate moments are all done in good taste and add to the story.

Zoe Archer sweeps you away to her world, where you can see vividly the pictures she has created with her words. She is a wonderful writer with a magic of her own. In my opinion STRANGER and the other books in this series are must reads. I hope you pick up this book and enjoy it as much as I have.

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He protects the world's magic--with his science. But even the best scientists can fall prey to the right chemistry. . .

Looking For Trouble

Gemma Murphy has a nose for a story--even if the boys in Chicago's newsrooms would rather focus on her chest. So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy-pants Brit conspirators, she's sensing a scoop. Especially when he mentions there's magic involved. Of course, getting him on the record would be easier if he hadn't caught her eavesdropping. . .

Lighting His Fuse

Catullus Graves knows what it's like to be shut out: his ancestors were slaves. And he's a genius inventor with appropriately eccentric habits, so even people who love him find him a little odd. But after meeting a certain redheaded scribbler, he's thinking of other types of science. Inconvenient, given that he needs to focus on preventing the end of the world as we know it. But with Gemma's insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus's inventive impulses, they might set off something explosive anyway. . .

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