Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Book Blitz & Review: BREATH by Jean Lowe Carlson (Three Days of Oblenite #1)

Title: Breath

Author: Jean Lowe Carlson 

Series: Three Days of Oblenite #1

Release Date: 23 March 2015


Gryffine Toulunnet is cursed to steal life with her kiss. Repressed and miserable, she is free of her curse but once a year, upon the heady death-festival of Rollows. Until her curse marks dashing barman Jessup Rohalle as her soulmate in a single night of passion. Destined to meet again, Jessup finds Gryffine and opens her restricted life into pleasure, causing Gryffine to fight her curse's isolation. But Gryffine's dark draw to kill is shared by another, a man bitterly cursed like she, a secret that Jessup can never know. And only her dark lover understands her suffering.

Potential Triggers: Menage a trois, murder

~Excerpt ~

Jessup chewed his lip a moment. “Some of the old stories are true, Gryffine. And I think yours is one of them. Though I admit… it’s a very strange version of what I traditionally hear.”

Gryffine frowned. “What have you heard?”

“The tale of the Boy and the Bones. It’s the traditional story of Rollows. A young boy touches some bones and is cursed with the Kiss of Death, with which he kills his own mother. It’s where the Rollows toast comes from.”

“I’ve heard the story.”

Jessup looked at her oddly. “You have?”

Gryffine nodded. “The evening we first met. I was with my mother at the Gypsun market that afternoon, and I heard an old raglady telling it to a group of youths at one of the bonfires.”

“So you know how it goes.”

She nodded again. “But I’m a woman. And my curse didn’t start from touching some old bones.”

He shrugged. “Other than that… don’t you think the story describes your situation perfectly?”

Gryffine lifted an eyebrow.

“Come on.” Jessup pinched out the incense and stood. “Let’s have dinner in the Gypsun Quarter. I’ll take you to Aeshe and then we can find Rennet and talk to him about your manse.”

Gryffine took his proffered hand and stood, then made for the outer door of the sepulcher. “This way. I’ll show you the backyard before we go.”

They pushed through the heavy stone door and into the sunlight, flooding down on what was turning out to be a perfect spring afternoon. The air was moist and refreshing after the dry musk of the sepulcher, and Gryffine’s mood lifted to the radiant sun and the bright-tempered man at her side. They shoved the stone door shut and traipsed the gravel walk through the verge to the back porch. She was already tripping up the steps with a much lighter heart when a small pull came at her hand from Jessup.

“Hold on a tic. What’s that?”

“What?” Gryffine glanced over, then followed his gaze to a small fenced-off area with a wrought-iron railing that contained a fixture of the manse she had come to accept as one of its many oddities. Inside the railing, upon an extra side-swath of the stone back porch, sat an ancient wrought-iron coffin, its vellum gone and the bones inside long turned to dust under the protection of the gables and eaves. But as Gryffine glanced at it, she, too, noticed something about the coffin that made the hair of her neck stand on end.

Within the confines of the wrought-iron, right where a corpse’s chest would once have been, grew a single, perfect yellow day-flower, nodding its sunburst head to the light spring breeze.

Gryffine blinked.

Jessup grinned at her. “Should I sneak through the bars of the railing and go touch it?”

But a rush of alarm went through Gryffine just then, and she hastily gripped Jessup’s arm, drawing him back. “No! Leave it alone.”

“It’s just a day-flower. They probably grow there every spring.”

Gryffine shook her head. “There have never been any flowers there. Mother tried every spring to grow some. She hated the coffin but was too superstitious to move it. She sprinkled lenou-seeds in the bone-dust, flush-horn seeds, pennybright. Everything she could think of. Nothing ever grew.

“Huh. Must have sprinkled day-flower seeds at some point and one finally took.” But even Gryffine could tell that Jessup’s teasing tone had gone to one of wary caution. “I’ll speak to Rennet about getting that whole thing off the porch and putting it in the sepulcher where it belongs.”

Gryffine swallowed and nodded. “That would be best, I think.” She tore her eyes away from the nodding yellow flower and tugged him up the porch, trying to put it from her mind.

~ Review ~ 

Hello everyone and welcome back to Katie’s corner! Today as a complimentary to the tour that I organized, I am attaching my review to the post too. I guess I believed that just a promotional post was not enough; it also needed my review to underline the book’s good points. Let me stray off the topic for a bit. I was very intrigued to read the book, but I didn’t think I would start it right away as I downloaded it from Smashowrds. But I started it, and after 5 minutes into reading I was completely engrossed in it. My brother had to throw a pillow at me to actually made me respond to him, and as he said: “I’ve been calling you for 100 minutes!” when I scolded him and went back to the book I have already read 1/3 of it. And for me to zone out on a book without hearing anyone is not rare, but it hasn’t happened for a long time!

The world that the author builds is dark, full of mysteries but at the same time it’s alluring. You do not want to walk away from it, but it does get frightening in parts. The language s easy, but at the times you see a word and you’re instantly reminded that you’re not in the present, this place is similar to Victorian-era Paris. What I really loved in jean’s writing style is that she put a lot of work in the characters and in the description of the characters; however, the lovemaking was left to imagine to us. She did describe with lots of passion the prelude to it, but the actual thing was retold with bits of words or it wasn’t at all. I believe with this she gave our minds the time to process everything and add some of the details by us.

The book was not focused solely on sex, sure, it took a large chunk of it, but it was done is such manner that it didn’t shout at you from the pages. What I found myself indulging in was the mystery behind Gryffine’s curse. I never expected the story to take a twist after removing the coffin from Gryffine’s porch. It was interesting, not altogether new, but very well thought through and developed. Another thing that I greatly enjoyed is that the story didn’t end in real happy end. It is a happy ending, but it also has a touch of reality as someone died in order for Gryffine and Jessup to finally be together.

I remember when I first read the summary immediately remembered Jennifer L. Armentrout’s novel – Cursed. But I knew that this novel was in the mature genre and when I finished it I knew what Armentrout’s book lacked. It was this dark aura, the boundary between death and life so vividly portrayed. As soon as I finished I knew I was hooked onto this world. There’s still so much to explore in it. It still didn’t answer some of the main questions: like how has the curse started? There were assumptions, mostly related to the old tales, but still there wasn’t a solid answer. I enjoyed every character, however, the one that intrigued me the most was Aesha. It would have been interesting to read more about her. The way she live and the way she deals with her cohabitants. There’s much more to the story that I’m describing here, but you to read it for yourself. You have to feel that boundary between Death and life.

Are you ready for a sip of this book? Trust me you’ll fall head over heels for it, the moments you start, and the sip won’t be enough! Enjoy this story to full of passion, lust and death. You’ll be thrown in to turmoil of feelings and you will not want to leave!

Grab your copy now and don’t forget to share your thoughts below! Stay tune for more reviews as well as promos! Don’t miss your next favourite book or manga! Happy reading!



~ Rating ~ 

~About the Author ~

Jean Lowe Carlson is a writer of dark supernatural romance and epic fantasy fiction, but her novels vary widely into dystopian fantasy and even into supernatural westerns with some erotic content. Jean writes genre-bending and genderqueer fantasy, mixing a keen and gritty blend of epic, romantic, erotic, dark, supernatural, and dystopian fantasy. Her sensual, raw worlds remind one of Jacqueline Carey, Clive Barker’s Imajica, Anne Rice, and Robin Hobb. Jean holds a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, and as a doctor, she has a keen awareness of psychology, energy, nature, and human behavior. She currently practices Esoteric Buddhism (tantra), yoga, Reiki, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Jean pulls from this knowledge to paint vivid and emotionally complex characters, set amidst the broader scope of nations in turmoil or societies with riveting secrets or supernatural elements. Not afraid of exploring all kinds of relationships, including LGBTQ and BDSM, her novels are exciting, passionate, challenging, and lush.

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~ Other Books in This Series ~ 

ABOUT THE SERIES - Three Days of Oblenite (3 novels)

This darkly romantic, gothic paranormal fantasy series is rife with superstition, piety, and the devious nature of the mystic. The three novels take place in a dark version of Victorian-era Paris, and feature three characters cursed with the gifts of a dead saint. Swept up in the torturous undercurrents of their desperate curses, their lives collide in desire, lust, power, obsession, addiction, fervor, desperation, and death. 

“Breath” features a young woman cursed to celibacy and unable to find love because her kiss kills, all except one night a year. 

“Tears” tells the story of a young man cursed to feel bliss when he is whipped, and the religious conflict he feels as he finds himself in a relationship with the man who brings him release. 

While in “Blood”, a brilliant surgeon cursed with blood that heals descends into a desperate underworld, addicted to working miracles. And in the seedy Gypsun Quarter at the edge of the Saints Commons, there is no blessing that can save those cursed to depravity, darkness, and permission. They can only save themselves

Title: Tears

Series: Three Days of Oblenite #2

Release Date: 4 May 2015


Pious half-Gypsun Phillip d’Auvery is tortured. His soul is pledged to his god, but Phillip’s life has a darker aspect that drives him to the scourging lash of the Padrenne of Saint Sommes Cathedral year after year. For Phillip’s curse is a bliss that can only be found when pain smites him until tears are shed. His blissful curse alienates him until Phillip discovers a man who understands pain and power, the stern Oruthane d’Iver. As Phillip’s love for his dominant lover grows, the two are exposed, and danger begins to follow them. But there is no greater danger than the dark secret smoldering in Phillip’s heart, which will threaten everything dear to him.

Potential Triggers: intense BDSM with whips.

Title: Blood 

Series: Three Days of Oblenite #3

Release Date: 26 June 2015


Brilliant surgeon Aulen Gregoire discovers by an accident of fate that his blood causes patients to survive death. His ability to steal patients from death's clutches turns into obsession, and the blessing becomes a curse as his own vitality is ripped away, craving the bliss of saving lives like a drug. Unleashed like a howling creature, his vast addiction drags him down to the deadly blue lights of the city's most desperate, where Aulen becomes the Angelus of the Catacombs. And before his need is through, it will cost him everything; his position, friends, family, and his life.

Potential Triggers: male rape, sexual coercion

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