Saturday, March 22, 2014

Wind and Shadow (The Talbot Trilogy #1) by Tori L. Ridgewood ~ Review & Teaser ~

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Wind and Shadow (The Talbot Trilogy #1)
by Tori L. Ridgewood

Rayvin Woods, photographer and natural witch. She just wanted to start her life over again after a series of misadventures. She didn't count on rekindling a lost love when she came home to Talbot...or battling a malevolent vampire and his coven for her life.

Grant Michaels, police officer. He thought Rayvin was a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to protect the community he loves from danger...but will he learn to trust his heart, and the word of a witch, before it's too late?

Malcolm de Sade, cunning vampire, imprisoned underground for a year by Charlotte Fanning and Pike Mahonen ("Mist and Midnight", Midnight Thirsts). His accidental release unleashes his hunger and ambition on a small, sleepy town…


Facing the past can be a nightmare. It's worse when a vampire is stalking you.

About the Author:

After her first heartbreak, Tori found solace in two things: reading romance novels and listening to an after-dark radio program called Lovers and Other Strangers. Throughout the summer and fall of 1990, the new kid in town found reading fiction and writing her own short stories gave her a much needed creative outlet. Determined to become a published author, Tori amassed stacks of notebooks and boxes of filed-away stories, most only half-finished before another idea would overtake her and demand to be written down. Then, while on parental leave with her second baby, one story formed and refused to be packed away. Between teaching full-time, parenting, and life in general, it would take almost seven years before the first novel in her first trilogy would be completed. In the process, Tori finally found her stride as a writer.

At present, on her off-time, Tori not only enjoys reading, but also listening to an eclectic mix of music as she walks the family dog (Skittles), attempts to turn her thumb green, or makes needlework gifts for her friends and family members. She loves to travel, collect and make miniature furniture, and a good cup of tea during a thunderstorm or a blizzard. Under it all, she is always intrigued by history, the supernatural, vampire and shapeshifter mythology, romance, and other dangers.

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Wow, it’s all I can think to say at the finish of this book.  I always have stated how much I dislike cliffhangers, and this does have one, but at least it’s not in the highlight of an action scene or something, like I have seen before in books.
I liked the main character Rayvin pretty quickly. She is a tough one, and I felt for her and what happened in her past.

I really like Grant Michaels, he is so hot. I did want o smack him a few times, but he did come around. The chemistry between these two was hot. There are some pretty steamy parts that are done very well.

I did not like the vampire, evil bastard. Oh, I hated him. I do not want to give away too much.

I just seen while reading this, that there is a prequel, and I think it would be good to read that. I felt I was missing information with Charlotte and the vampire, which seems to be covered in the prequel. I can’t wait to read book 2. I need to know what happens next. If I get caught up on my review books, I may go get it soon, while it’s still on my mind. Lol.

I found some things were inconsistent, like when first describing Grants eyes, she goes on about his deep brown eyes. Then not much later goes on about his deep Green eyes. So, I was confused at which it was, brown or green? It happened about 5 times, so that did bug me. Also, there was a little too much inner thoughts at times. But that didn’t but me as much as the eye thing. (I may have a copy that was before editing, I am not sure, so the finished copy could be different)

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I highly recommend to the paranormal/dark fantasy lovers out there.

I am now rating book covers, as to me the cover it very important. It’s what will get me to stop and take a look, read about the book. This cover is awesome. I give the cover 5 out of 5 stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Check out Book 2 Blood and Fire, its out now. 


In his dark, dank, grimy tomb, the vampire waited. He was patient. Pinned down by countless tons of broken rock and jagged boulders, and something else he recognized as mystical but was powerless to destroy, he also saw the futile waste of energy struggling would produce, and bided his time. Small vermin, unwise enough to wiggle through the smallest spaces, fall prey to his single free limb and gleaming, razor-sharp canine teeth. Sooner or later, the foolish mortals would err, and he would be free again to wreak havoc, seeking not just his mate, but also vengeance.
Time was on his side.


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