Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Release Day Review: The Real You b N.J. Nielsen #Review #Giveaway

Author: N.J. Nielsen
Book: The Real You
Series: Wardens of the Guild #1
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Length: 152 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


The age-old war between good and evil is bringing changes and with change comes fear—especially the fear of what is to come.

Isiah Gillis and Claudius Reynar are twins in every sense of the word. No one can tell them apart, yet they’re not related. Since meeting, they’ve learned that they’ve become the subject of a legend, something neither of them wanted.

Hatred from their past lives comes knocking and tries to kill Claudius and Isiah by turning Mitch into a weapon against them. Instead, Mitch now shares his body with Remi, a powerful demon lord, who enters their lives—a demon Lord who claims them for his own.

Not everyone is happy that the legend has been fulfilled and they will do everything in their power to tear apart the strong bond the four men possess. Laramie realizes he has to separate from Mitch or risk losing one of his mates so completely it could break them all.

When old and new enemies alike step forward to destroy who they are, Isiah, Mitch, Claudius and Remi gather family and friends to fight in the war to save them all. Can things be set to right before evil intentions win?

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I love the new and unique take on the paranormal world that I’ve seen coming out lately. Don’t get me wrong I still love the “norm” of shifters and vampires and such but when you find a story that gives it all a new twist count me in.

The Real You is a world that has vampires, demons, and all matters of preternatural beings living out and proud. Each of the species has their own rules but also must live by the human laws as well. Isiah Gillis and Claudius Reynar are vampires who are in need of a day warden since their cousin, who by happenstance became theirs, is trying to kill them. They are also rumored to be the prophecy come to be, two men who not related but look identical. Some are disgusted by them but what is worse is those that are out to kill them.

Mitch needs a place to live and he needs it fast. Eric, his friend and day warden to a vampire Daven, needs help with Isiah and Claudius and the job comes with a place to live. It’s perfect for Mitch. What none of them knew was that Mitch is the vampire pairs true one or that through someone trying to kill him he would be inhabited by a very powerful demon, Remi.

I loved the beginning of the story with the trio finding each other but when Remi stepped into the story things got a little too much for me. Not so much the story but with the writing. I felt many times at one point that Remi was forgotten even though he shared Mitch’s body and also that Mitch accepted Remi sharing with a little too easily. Now this could very well be the “true one” part playing a role but that wasn’t made clear. I had some other issues with the dialogue and at one point I felt the story progressed a little too fast to allow for the development of this new relationship. Like one of the vampire pair mentioned early on that they hoped Mitch could grow to love them so that lead me to believe it wasn’t a “fated mate” type story line but within a very short amount of time I love you’s were being exchanged between all four men.

These are small things to some maybe bigger to others but they are all personal to me. You may read this and not see or feel the same things that I did. Give it a chance because it was a very good story with good character development and lovable characters.


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