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Tarnished Journey by Ann Gimpel

This is the final book in the Soul Dance Series. Shifters, Romani, and Celtic gods do battle with demons and vampires who have signed on with Hitler in order to save Earth.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

tarnished-journey.jpgTitle: Tarnished Journey
Author: Ann Gimpel
Series: Soul Dance 04
Publish Date: July 18, 2017, Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Source: Provided by Publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionLong before Germany rounded up Romani and sent them to prison camps, the Netherlands declared them undesirables. Yara’s caravan disbanded when she was fifteen to avoid being driven out of the country. Ten years have passed, and she’s been alone for most of that time hiding in caves and abandoned buildings. It’s been a lonely life, but at least she still has one.

Stewart conceals his true identity for the best of reasons. He’s not actually Romani, even though he’s been a caravan leader for many years. In a bold and desperate move, he joins a small band of shifters and Rom to fight the Reich’s chokehold on Europe. When they’re crossing the border into the Netherlands, vampires attack.

Yara senses Romani near her cave. The stench of vampire comes through loud and clear too, along with shifters. While not nearly as bad as vampires, her people have always steered clear of them. Another type of magic plucks at her. She can’t identify it, but it draws her from her hiding place. That decision tilts her world on its axis when she comes face to face with Stewart’s raw masculinity and savage presence. She could still turn tail and run. If she stays, it doesn’t require magical ability to recognize her life will change forever.


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I am almost sad that this series is ending. I was not sure at first, but it became one I greatly enjoyed. For Tarnished Journey we leave behind the vampires and Nazis (for the most part) and get into another mythos, that of the Celts. I enjoyed that aspect a little more than I did the previous novels.

I love that the author features strong women in her stories. Yara is no exception. She has had to be tough and independent since her caravan disbanded and she has been alone since she was fifteen. Meeting Stewart changes everything for her. He introduces her to a new life and reveals many secrets that have been kept from her such as where her power really comes from. I really enjoyed the romance between them. Stewart is very honest with her and genuine in expressing his love. Even though Yara fights him at first, their love had me rooting for them.

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There is a lot of action in the story and many twists. Readers never know what to expect next as the characters encounter all kinds of danger. Not only do they face vampires demons and the Nazis but now god and goddesses are thrown into the mix.Every chapter the characters face a new and exciting danger.

I liked this story better than the previous installments. I give it 4 talismans!

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

Check out the Dragon Lore series by Ann Gimpel, The Hathaways series by LisaKleypas, Gypsy Lord by Kat Martin

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Tarnished Legacy by Ann Gimpel

After centuries of being in her wolf form, Tairin is now human again. Will she find her mate? Or will she be banished from the Romani she has come to call family?

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Tarnished Legacy
Author: Ann Gimpel
Series: Soul Dance, Book 02
Publish Date: January 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionGermany, 1940

Half Romani, Tairin’s no stranger to hiding her mixed blood from gypsy caravans. What she can’t hide is her perpetual youth, courtesy of her shifter heritage. Every few years, she drops out of sight, resurfacing in a new country to join a caravan where no one knows her. She’s overstayed her welcome where she is, but Germany is at war, and travel has become all but impossible for everyone targeted by the Reich.

Elliott’s clairvoyance is strong, even for a Romani. Seer for all the caravans in Germany, he catches Tairin eavesdropping outside their leader’s wagon one night. He should turn her in, but it would mean her execution, and he can’t bring himself to do that. Instead, he interrogates her. Her magic is different, but he can’t figure out quite what she is.

Any association between Romani and shifters is forbidden, and Tairin shields herself from Elliott’s probing. She should leave right now, tonight. It would be easy enough. Shift to her wolf form and run, keeping out of hunters’ gunsights. She’s on the edge of flight when Elliott suggests a covert task to prove her loyalty. Tairin agrees immediately, kicking herself for being weak where he’s concerned. Shifters and Romani have no future together. Zero. Zilch.

She should be smart about this and vanish into the night—before he discovers what she is and destroys her.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna Lovebooks says…

I must say that I liked this much better than the short origins story. We get a glimpse of the struggles that Tairin went through and that was more intriguing to me than actually reading about them. I love the way that Tairin has grown up and matured since her time in Egypt. She is still childish at times throughout the novel but not annoyingly so. I am in love with Elliot! He was a powerful seer and for him to look past the superstitions of his people and fall for Tairin is amazing. My favorite character would have to be Meara. She is crazy powerful and doesn’t take crap from the men in the novel.

The plot was interesting enough. Nazis get their power from vampires – who knew? While this is a paranormal novel, I would have liked to see more about how the shifters and Romani came together to defeat the Nazis instead of vampires. This is what the novel starts out as and I would have liked to see more of that plot line. There is romance in the plot but I feel like it was secondary to the defeating of the vampires that were aiding the Nazi soldiers. There are a couple of brief sex scenes but I wouldn’t go so far as to classify them as erotica.

I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to read the next one. I give it 4 charms.

Other recommendations…

…you might try Thunder & Roses by Mary Jo Putney, Masquerade by Hannah Fielding, Gypsy Lover by Connie Mason

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Tarnished Beginnings by Ann Gimpel

Cast out by both her mother’s people and her father’s for being a half-Romani, half-shifter, young Tairin faces the harsh reality of the world.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Title: Tarnished Beginnings
Author: Ann Gimpel
Series: Soul Dance #1
Publish Date: June 20, 2017
Genre: Shifter Fantasy
Source: Bewitching Book Tours

Publisher’s Description: Tairin’s wolf is more than just a dream creature. She hates it, but it’s also her only friend.

1700s Egypt is a haven for magic-wielders of all kinds. Vampires hold court, staying one step ahead of the priests and priestesses who want them dead. Gypsy caravans roam the Nile from north to south and back again, plying their wares, telling fortunes, casting Tarot cards, and stealing from the gadjos.

Tairin Jabari was born in a caravan and has always believed she’s Romani. Why wouldn’t she? Her mother and father never suggested otherwise. The Rom have harsh rules. When Tairin’s first shift catches her unaware at thirteen, her father disappears, and the elders move with deadly speed to punish her mother for mating outside the blood.

Hurt, lost, confused, and fearing for her own life, Tairin runs away, leaving her mother’s smoking funeral pyre behind. If she could only find her father, he’d welcome her. He’s always loved her, hasn’t he? Only problem is he’s in a shifter settlement. With her mixed blood, they won’t welcome her any more warmly than the Romani. It doesn’t take long before Tairin discovers how desperately unprepared she is for life outside her protected caravan. With her survival on the line every single day, she and her wolf have some hard choices to make.

Tarnished Beginnings, the prequel to the Soul Dance books is only available in the Magic After Dark Boxed set.

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Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: I like that this is a short read. It took me two days, but only because I was super busy. It could be read in one sitting in all honesty. I like that the shifter must bond with the animal. Poor Tairin goes through hell in this short read. But it fits in with the naivety of her character. She is a young woman who has grown up sheltered from the real world by the people in her caravan.

Dislikes: I was surprised to see that Tairin was only 13 in this short. On the cover she looks much older. Even though this is technically classified as a paranormal romance, it was so tame that when a sex scene did happen, I was thrown off.

Overall, this is a good little read and I look forward to the rest of the series. I give it 4 howls.

Other recommendations…

Check out these other great books featuring gypsy characters!

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Witch’s Bounty, Witch’s Bane & Witches Rule by Ann Gimpel

Only three demon assassin witches exist and only a zillion demons to assassinate.  The score doesn’t look so promising.  The Sidhe pawned off the job on witches only to have them nearly become extinct because of their selfishness.  Can this all be fixed?

I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

witchs-bountyTitle: Witch’s Bounty
Author: Ann Gimpel
Series: Demon Assassin #1
Publish Date: September 6, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Source: One of three remaining demon assassin witches, Colleen is almost the last of her kind. Along with her familiar, a changeling spirit, she was hoping for a few months of quiet, running a small magicians’ supply store in Fairbanks, Alaska. Peace isn’t in the cards, though. Demons are raising hell in Seattle. She’s on her way to kick some serious demon ass, when a Sidhe shows up and demands she accompany him to England to quell a demon uprising.

Gutsy, opinionated, and outspoken, Colleen refuses to come. Witches need her help, and they trump everything else. Despite breaking a prime Sidhe precept concerning non-interference in mortals’ affairs, Duncan offers his assistance. Colleen fascinates him, and he wants to discover more about her. Lots more.

The Sidhe might be the best-looking man Colleen’s ever stumbled over, but she doesn’t have time for him—or much of anything else. She, Jenna, and Roz are Earth’s only hedge against being overrun by Hell’s minions. Even with help from a powerful magic wielder like Duncan, the odds aren’t good and the demons know it.

Sensing victory is within their grasp, they close in for the kill.

Nervous Nellie’s nervousness necessitates knowledge of the novel (or, in other words, SPOILERS).


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This is an urban fantasy romance. A little violence, a little bloodshed but for the most part this is a romance with a mystery mixed in.  There is some rather colorful language, so the book doesn’t qualify as cozy.

I didn’t especially bond well with the characters in this book.  Duncan and Colleen took about 35 seconds to fall in love.  They also were very guishy and I could practically see the little hearts swirling around their heads. There wasn’t much room for growth between the couple and there didn’t have to be because their perfectness was seen in the stars.  Yeah, well, I’m not much into fluffy romance stories and with the series title of Demon Assassins, I expected a little more action and adventure.

I’d like to rate Witch’s Bounty higher, but it was just meh.

Now, Witch’s Bane on the other hand was much, much better.  Roz and Ronin is a whole different story.  Roz’s jealousy regarding Colleen’s love life is very relatable.  She’s been disrespected and used.  It’s hard to be lonely and see a friend so moony in love.

I like Roz and she’s a pretty tough cookie.  Ronin hasn’t had life all unicorns and rainbows either.  His human woman died giving birth to his son, who also died.  That kind of sent Ronin off the deep end and he’s been alone ever since.  I can respect that.

I enjoyed Witch’s Bane and I will give it a higher rating because it was such an improvement over book #1.  I liked the characters much more and their relationship seemed more substantial and something I could get behind.

Witches Rule is the 3rd in the series and I didn’t get it finished in time for review.  I’m interested to see how Jenna finds her love match so I’ll be sure to get it done.

All in all, this series was pretty ok.  I think it is geared to a less gritty audience than me.  I would recommend these stories to those who like a little kick ass with their romance instead of a little romance with their kick ass.

Witch’s Bounty
Witch’s Bane
Witches Rule

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