Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Night Walker by Lisa Kessler

Title:  Night Walker
Author: Paranormal Romance
My Rating Overall: B


Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Night Series #1
Main Characters: Calisto and Kate
Release Date: May 2012
ISBN: 978-1620612316
Publisher: Entangled Publishing  
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.



THE NIGHT SERIES - Book One by Lisa Kessler
Title: Night Walker
Author: Lisa Kessler
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book Description:
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her…
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…
After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.
They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.



My Review:
This book has been on my reading list ever since I saw that gorgeous cover. (You all know I am a complete cover whore right??) So I definitely jumped all over the chance to be part of this tour for Bewitching Book Tours.


This book is a love story between Calisto and Kate, but 250 years ago they were Gregorio and Tala. He's lived since that time as an immortal Night Walker. She's been reincarnated as Kate, although she still relives Tala's memories in her dreams. Theirs was an interesting and heartbreaking story. They fell in love in California...she was part of an Indian tribe, he was part of the local priesthood...completely forbidden, but their passion was true. He planned to leave the priesthood for her, but before he could, she was murdered. So instead, he joined her tribe and through a series of events became a Night Walker, just waiting for the day when she would reappear in his life.


Now he runs a huge philanthropical organization to help the arts in San Diego. She is a music teacher in Reno. When she is settling her parents estate, that's when she meets Calisto. He knows immediately that she is Tala although she has no idea about their past. She is reluctant to become involved since she just ended a relationship with her fiance. In the background of all this is a danger which continues to shadow them coming from the religious order who were responsible for her death in her first life.


There were certain things that I really liked about this book. It's extremely well written and the story line and characters are fully developed. I loved the musical aspect of it. Music affects both Calisto and Kate deeply and they definitely connected through their love of it. I loved that Calisto has dedicated his life to philanthropy....it was a neat detail to his long-lived life.


This book had a different feel and I have to admit that I wasn't a huge fan. There's a reserved and formal feeling to Calisto which makes this read much more like a historical novel. I don't enjoy reading historical novels any longer, but if you are a historical fan, then I could definitely see this book as being a great cross-over book for you into the paranormal genre. I wasn't a huge fan of this book (and specifically Calisto's character) because of that formality, but the book absolutely managed to keep me engaged and entertained throughout regardless, and that says a great deal about the quality of the writing.


There was mention in the book of a trader who Gregorio accidentally changed early in his life as a Night Walker....Lukas. I was intrigued by his story and am thrilled that he's going to be the hero of Book #2 in this series. And, oooh, can you see that gorgeous cover below for Lukas' book??? Another gorgeous one! OMG, I cannot wait!




Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post for a chance to win a wonderful prize being offered up by Lisa Kessler!!



About the Author: 
Lisa Kessler is an avid reader and writer of dark fiction. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
Lisa recently signed a 4 book deal with Entangled Publishing to release her Night Series.  The first book, Night Walker, is scheduled to be released August 5th.
When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com
 Lisa lives in southern California with her incredibly fun husband and two amazing kids.
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1 comment:

Lisa Kessler said...

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Night Walker! :)

I'm glad you enjoyed the book...

Lisa :)