Series: The Order of the Black Swan #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by 7th House on April 21, 2012
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A secret society, modern day knights, an accidental pilgrim from an alternate dimension, and a vampire like no other come together where chance intersects romance for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure proving that true love can find you in the strangest places, even far, far from home.
Minutes ahead of inevitable assassination, Elora Laiken is forcibly transported to an alternate dimension similar, but not identical, to her own.
Of course a girl could suffer worse problems than having gorgeous suitors. Perhaps more importantly, in the midst of an epidemic of vampire related abductions, can she stay alive long enough to choose between an honor debt, true love, or the breathlessness of single-minded passion?
My Familiar Stranger is a full length, stand alone, Paranormal Romance novel that also sets up the foundation for the Black Swan series. It is loved by fans of paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and urban fantasy.
Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
Sovereign Sol Nemamiah is with his knights when something ends up in the room with them. One of his men Rammel Hawking was curious as to what they are seeing. Rammel’s fellow knight, Engel Storm, decided that once they take whatever ended up in their room to the infirmary he would wait and see how things work out. Victoria does a great job of blending the old and the modern to make this great tale.
Elora Laiken has traveled from an alternate dimension and ends up badly injured. Who would have ever thought that there is paranormal activity in New Jersey. I can see right away that Victoria has put a lot of work into creating this world. I also love that Victoria has named Elora’s tutor Thelonius Monq. If you like jazz, you may want to look up Thelonius Monk and learn about him and his music. It makes me wonder if Victoria is a fan of his.
The order of the Black Swan is here to protect humans from the unknown. Victoria could have told her readers at the beginning who they are but waits until Elora is told. This is a smart move because then the reader isn’t reading about the Black Swan twice. The world Victoria has created seems to be very complex but her scenes flow nicely from one to the next – you won’t get confused about what’s going on. One thing that makes this a real page turner is that Victoria doesn’t let the reader know who Elora’s love interest is going to be.
What I loved about this story was that there was plenty of tension but not a lot of emphasis on sex. It’s all about the Black Swan and where Elora fits into the group. Victoria does give her readers the sex that they may be looking for but it comes at the perfect point. She then leaves you wanting more. I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series. It is one series that you will want to read in order.