Vesper Series, #1
by Nola Sarina
Publisher: Self-published (May 13, 2013)
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Adult
Format: eNovella (114 pages)
Source: Author for Blog Tour
Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 stars)
A woman’s memory returns when she falls in love with the monster who took it from her.
Calli tattoos her skin to fill the holes in her memory, thanks to an accident that left her mind damaged and empty. But a nasty encounter with a fired employee leaves her in the arms of her unlikely savior: Nycholas, a predatory, serpentine Vesper on the run from his brutal master.
Nycholas’ clandestine world holds the secrets to mankind’s origin and survival… but he only wants one thing before his time is up: a few colorful nights with Calli, the fragile, tattooed, human woman he pursued and saved.
The more Calli learns about Nycholas, the more her own darkened memories return to her. Despite her haunted past, she loses herself to passion and desire with her immortal captor.
Now, Calli must overcome the demons of her past, or allow Nycholas to kiss her memories away and spare her the trauma of loving a doomed immortal. But each choice comes with dire consequences – some that endanger not only herself, but her family as well.
At A Glance
Gilded Destiny is a very odd book. So much happens in such a short amount of time (it’s a novella) which was exciting, but the ending made me want to curl up into a ball and cry myself to sleep.
The perfect word to describe Gilded Destiny is odd. It is unlike anything I have ever read. We meet Calli with a forgotten past and Nycholas who is both scary and caring. He’s a vesper, a half-human, half-snake being. Somewhat similar to a vampire. But vespers are WAAAAYYYY scarier than vampires. They are strong, vicious, and relentless. They may look human, but their ideals are not healthy for the humans they meet. We are food. Done deal. They will eat us. And in the most horrific way possible. *shivers* But Nycholas doesn’t want to eat Calli, he wants to be with her, in every way imaginable.
Calli was a very strong character in the beginning. She handled her dismal situation with confidence and poise. Nycholas didn’t hide who we was, and for all intents and purposes he was monster. But he asks this fragile woman to spend what may be his last days with him. He was actually very passionate and caring. You felt so bad for him, for his past and his possible future. My heart went out to Nycholas, which is hard to say about someone who eats people.
The writing was pretty good and the concept of the vespers kept me turning the pages. I actually wanted to like this book more, but by the end, everything changed.
It really comes down to personal preferences. I am not into sad, depressing endings and Gilded Destiny has one. I felt so down after finishing this book. Not even chocolate made me feel better. I know! Crazy, right?
Another thing is that Calli’s obsession with Nycholas was just that, an obsession. Her unnatural connection with Nycholas is explained later, but before that Calli’s I-will-die-without-him attitude put me off.
Also, the majority of the book we follow Calli and Nycholas around, but by the end we skip to another character and it felt very disjoined to me.
There is some sex (somewhat rough sex) and it’s pretty hot but nothing over the top. The romance was a little odd for reasons I can’t really mention without giving too much away. But I did like Calli and Nycholas together.
This is not a bad book. It is actually doing VERY well on Goodreads as of now. So maybe it’s just me. I just couldn’t get over the ending. A girl can only take so much. I do feel like others may like it though. So not recommended to people who hate sad endings, but recommend to people who don’t mind them. I may pick up the next book in the series. Not sure yet.
“When I tell you not to look,” he said, “do not look. If I tell you to run, run. And when I tell you it’s time for you to let go of me, you do it, without question. Is that understood?”
“I might not have a type, but if I had one, it would look something like that stranger in my shop. At least, that’s what I thought…until he raised his head and I realized this gorgeous man was not human.”
Nola is a mother, wife, writer, and giggle-a-holic, living in Canada and raising a pack of kids. She is represented by Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency. In her spare time she can be found geocaching, guzzling coffee, or tending to her garden. Her VESPER series is on submission by her agent to publishers, along with WILD HYACINTHE, a paranormal romance co-authored with Emily Faith.