TITLE: Bitter Fruits
SERIES: Eden’s Fall #1
AUTHOR: Sarah Daltry
GENRE: Paranormal New Adult Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: December 1, 2013
PUBLISHER: Escape Publishing
For fans of dark urban fantasy comes a novel that questions why forbidden fruit is always the most tempting...
Attending a vampire-themed masquerade party seems like a strange way to spend a night, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. Meeting Alec was just a bonus. Despite their immediate attraction, however, Alec is wary of involving himself with Nora, and when she pushes it, she discovers that Alec has secrets that could destroy them both. Is she willing to risk everything for a man she hardly knows? How far into darkness will he take her?
When Nora attempts to follow, however, things grow more complicated. Someone is hunting her - someone tied to a secret that goes back to the beginning of man. Soon, Nora finds herself drawn to two men, each with his own agenda. Can she save them both when one is destined to die?
5 of 5 Bitter Fruits
Lord where to begin with this review. I read the book a week ago and I am still reeling from it. I mean this book has everything in it and it is simply AMAZING! This is one of those books where it is a diamond in the rough and once people start reading it they will not be able to put it down. I mean I could not put it down and I told my family you are on your own because I need some me time! First I have to say that the cover fits the book to a T because as you start reading about Nora and Alec meeting you will understand the cover. I have to say KUDOS big time to Sarah Daltry for pulling off this book and it's contents because HOLY S*&^ I never would have thought to read such an interesting back story of the main male characters. The story line that is used is very unique and I will say this because I am doing a non spoiler review for this book because I loved it so much that you have to read it yourself to get the full affect of the book. Sarah man I wish I had your brain because that was BRILLIANT using one of the oldest stories in the bible. If you are religious and get upset when a story is used for other purposes outside of the church then DON"T READ THIS BOOK! It will be your loss!
Nora is going to a vampire themed masquerade party with her best friend and roommate Scarlet. Nora is not sure why she is going but she told Scarlet she would go so she has found the perfect dress and mask to hide her face and her Scarlet set off to the masquerade party. Once there Nora feels a little out of place and she is so surprised by how many people came out to this party. A few even have fangs and everything else to get into the role playing part they are going to have at the party. Then Nora gets a glimpse of a mask that has the most exquisite eyes and she is enraptured by him. As they talk and get to know each other Nora feels a pull towards him which she does not understand. Just as they are getting to know each other some at the masquerade gets hurt and her mystery man Alec leaves.
Nora can't stop thinking about Alec when she sees him again. As they talk she finds herself falling for him and wanting to do things with him but every time she tries Alec runs away from her saying it can't happen. A little frustrated and a lot hurt she has resigned herself to not having Alec. Just as things are going along she meets Alec's brother Caleb. Lord Jesus Caleb is a bad boy extraordinaire and he does not apologize for his badness. All Caleb knows is that he is inexplicably attracted to Nora and can't stay away from her. Just as Alec and Caleb get close to Nora something happens and sets the premise of the book and Alec is the one who will have to hunt down the person or thing trying to hurt him and his brother and the thing or person wants Nora. They are trying to kill her and to keep her safe she will have to stay with Caleb at his home alone and yes she is so not feeling that because feelings are starting to surface and she is not sure why she feels so connected to Caleb as well as Alec. How can this be? What will happen if Alec finds out? Will he leave her? What is hunting Nora?
This is a MUST READ book! Go out and get it because it is RELEASE DAY for BITTER FRUITS!
~Team Caleb all the way~
Praise for Bitter Fruits:
“This book is one of the best paranormals I've read, and I've read a lot. Five stars hands down! I am proud to pass it on to all of you. Buy this book, devour it and enjoy.”
He sits in front of me and brings me to his chest. Our flesh is hot and sticky where it touches and I can’t stop the ache between my legs. His breathing is ragged and he tightens his grip on the back of my head as he tries to slow it. I am hurt or angry or frustrated, but I don’t know which. He runs his hands along my entire body and I push against him, needing him and not knowing how to accept his denial.
‘I want you, Nora. I have wanted you since I saw you. You are gorgeous. However, there are secrets that... Please understand, the steps that you want to take will reveal things. This cannot end well for either of us. I don’t want to make you suffer, but I am fated to suffer. Don’t make me bring you with me into the darkness. I can’t bear to lose you.’
I sense the pain that grips him. The darkness that he speaks of sounds frightening, but I don’t feel fear when I face him and meet his eyes. ‘I will follow you anywhere. Dark or light. Stop trying to make my choices for me.’
Our lips meet again, but it is with doubt. Neither of us knows what will happen if we are to move forward, but I want to have a chance to find out.
My body is still crying out for him but now my mind is calm. I want him, but I want him when he knows that I’m ready for whatever that means. His hands touch me and his caresses are soft. We both slow our breathing and I try to let my will match his. When he pulls away, he gathers the picnic and looks at me with longing and a hunger I do not recognize. It’s not sexual, but desperate. Almost as a dying man looks in the last moments of his life.
‘In three days,’ he says, ‘I will meet you again at the church where we first met. In the meantime, I want you to look something up — and if you do not appear at the church, I’ll know that what you found changed everything.’
‘Okay,’ I say warily. I’ll do anything he asks, but his fear scares me. What kind of secrets can he possibly hold? Little right now could stop me from going to him in three days.
‘Find the name Charles Samuels. He was an Oxford student in the 1960s. And then we shall see how much of the darkness you are willing to face.’
‘I’ll look him up, but Alec, I’m going to be at the church in three days,’ I say.
‘For your sake, Nora, I hope that you’re not.’
1. Tenuousness – Andrew Bird
2. Old Pine – Ben Howard
3. First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes
4. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
5. Big Parade – The Lumineers
6. Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe – Okkervil River
7. If I Were A Boy – Beyonce
8. Rattlesnakes – Tori Amos
9. Take To The Sky - Russia 2006 – Tori Amos
10. Rolling In The Deep – Adele
11. Firework – Katy Perry
12. Haunted – Taylor Swift
13. Arms – Christina Perri
14. Gypsy - Suzanne Vega
Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Bitter Fruits is her first full length novel. Her other two novels have already been released. Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley are simultaneous perspectives in the New Adult contemporary romance series, Flowering. Sarah also has three novellas (including Star of Bethlehem, part of the Flowering series) and several short stories available. She is currently working on Immortal Star and Daughter of Heaven in this series, and Orange Blossom, another novel in Flowering . When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.
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