I love reading series books. Each one ends in a happy ending but by the time the next book arrives, something has happened (or something that lingered unsolved) that potentially messes up their happily ever after. The previous book has a satisfied ending. We see our characters happy and looking forward to their future. The best part about a series book is that you already know the characters and can immediately return to a place you've been before, simply by opening the book.
Ms. Pagano had a wonderful first series book in THE GAUNTLET, fairies and a supernatural hotel. At the end of THE GAUNTLET, Ommily and Link were kissing and happy to be together. They'd found each other and had overcome the challenges, triumphant and believing in a happy ending. But then came THE GUARD and we see that things had deteriorated. While Ommily and Link were happy, the rest of the world seemed to up the ante and decided to come for them. But rest assured, THE GUARD is a romance novel... a happy ending is guaranteed.
For Centuries, Fairies were extinct. And now . . . there are two at the Soppranaturale.
For readers hungry for more, here is book two in the Best-Selling Soppranaturale Series.
Ommily didn't expect to find "herself" at the Soppranaturale. She didn't expect to find magic, awe and beauty. And she certainly didn't expect to find her soulmate, and her match in every way.
Now that Link and Ommily have conquered the deadly Gauntlet, confessed their love for one another and been initiated into the Guard, they must fight to protect the Soppranaturale hotel from impending doom. Using their incredible powers, and those of their fellow Guard members, they must take the ultimate stand against rouge supernaturals. In order to succeed, Ommily and Link must push their bond even further.
Will the Soppranaturale hotel fall or will the Guard perish? The ultimate sacrifice may be required to do the unthinkable.
Kyran’s gaze flashes over to me, asking for permission. So I reluctantly nod in approval. Then I step back and release her arm. “I trust you,” I say, literally placing Ommily’s life in his hands.
Then he bends down. His lips sweep lightly against her cheek. “If you want me to stop, tell me now,” he whispers, and his fingers crawl back toward her wrist. But Ommily says nothing, she just closes her eyes. Then he brushes his mouth against her temple. “Are you sure?” Still, Ommily doesn’t say a word. Then his mouth traces down her sleeve until it’s near the gash. “This will sting,” he warns.
Finally, he flips her arm over, putting the wound upside down and nearly yanks her shoulder out of the socket. Succeeding, he ducks beneath it and hangs his mouth several inches away from her skin. And with both hands he squeezes the flesh around the wound. It pushes out the blood into a cascading waterfall that drops into his gaping lips. Ommily yelps and bobs up and down. It drips for several long seconds before I interrupt.
“Enough!” I pull Kyran away. “That’s more than you need.”
Kyran gargles the succulent blood and lets some dribble down his waxy chin. Careful not to waste any, he mops it up with his fingertips, which he aggressively licks clean. He basks in the euphoric high and has to grab onto his desk in order to stop from swaying.
About the Author:
Ashley Pagano has always dreamed of being an artist both figuratively and literally. Her love of art was instilled by her mother who always inspired her to be creative either with a paintbrush or with a pen and paper. As far back as she can remember her life was always centered around introspection, storytelling and imagination. Because she is so artistic, she took to the idea of creative writing very passionately. Her ability to describe a scene, person or place, she compares to painting a picture, where she can describe every detail vividly in order to make the reader feel like they’re truly living in the story. Her works usually center around a powerhouse female protagonist (which reflect her own personality), who progresses through many wild and extreme obstacles, including falling in love. Ashley loves to write stories that end with a cliffhanger, that have the reader begging for more and questioning what happens next. Her most recent novel sets the stage for the fairy love saga of the century and includes vampires, witches, shapeshifters and werewolves who just love to get in the way of true love. Ashley has won awards for her design, art and writing.
Ashley doesn’t believe in down time whatsoever and actually loves having a full “To-Do” list. Ashley is a wife to her wonderful husband, Eric and a mother to a beautiful little girl, Dakota. She is also a Graphic Designer and a health and fitness coach. Her husband and daughter inspire her to be the best person she can be and encourage her to pursue any of her dreams (no matter how extravagant they may be).