Monday, August 19, 2013

Gilded Destiny & Jaded Touch
Nola Sarina

Reviewed by Phoenix

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** Mature Content Advisory **

Gilded Destiny


A woman's memory returns when she falls in love with the monster who took it from her.

Calli tattoos her skin to fill the holes in her memory, thanks to an accident that left her mind damaged and empty. But a nasty encounter with a fired employee leaves her in the arms of her unlikely savior: Nycholas, a predatory, serpentine Vesper on the run from his brutal master.

Nycholas’ clandestine world holds the secrets to mankind’s origin and survival… but he only wants one thing before his time is up: a few colorful nights with Calli, the fragile, tattooed, human woman he pursued and saved.

The more Calli learns about Nycholas, the more her own darkened memories return to her. Despite her haunted past, she loses herself to passion and desire with her immortal captor.

Now, Calli must overcome the demons of her past, or allow Nycholas to kiss her memories away and spare her the trauma of loving a doomed immortal. But each choice comes with dire consequences – some that endanger not only herself, but her family as well.


I really enjoyed the unique paranormal aspect of this series.  The Vesper race is a serpent-human monster that is unlike any other paranormal creature I have ever read before.  If you tire of the typical paranormal fare of vampires and werewolves, you should definitely give this series a try.  In Gilded Destiny Nola gets the story of Calli and Nycholas going and then, BAM she hits you with a twist you won’t see coming that makes the first half of the book even better.  The ending of Gilded Destiny leaves you thrown off the proverbial cliff (not hanging from it but thrown) and I’m looking forward to the resolution of this twist.

Jaded Touch


Three is tormented by the branding scars on her back, broken memories of her fallen creator, and the looming consequences of her secret friendship with Sychar - a male of her kind - a high crime in her world of serpentine guardians.

Then along comes Jack - the human train conductor she saves in an explosion. His touch weakens both her knees and her sense of duty. Now Three must choose between her immortal duties, her forbidden friendship, and her human lover.

With every choice comes a cost, but not every cost is hers to pay...


I was anticipating a continuance of Gilded Destiny’s characters (the ones that survived at least) and was surprised to find a whole new set of characters with reprisals of a few characters from Gilded Destiny.

If these two books were described as roller coasters Gilded Destiny was the ride that took off like a flash with quick twists and turns you didn’t see coming and Jaded Touch is the behemoth that slowly climbs to the brink filling you with anticipation of the sure-to-come plunge.  Again, Nola does not disappoint.  The characters she brings to life in Jaded Touch have a depth that the characters of Gilded Destiny lacked slightly.  Perhaps this is because the history of the Vesper’s are explained better – I’ll let  you decide.

Regardless, I have a feeling that these two books are just setting the stage for an epic series I can’t wait to finish!

 4 of 5 Fangs


  1. Great review! I'm definitely going to have to read this one!! Putting on my TBR now!

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