Book Review: Cursed by: S.J. Harper


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Roc

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Mass Market Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong. She's cursed. He's damned. Together, they make one hell of a team.

Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them. 

Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal, and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.

Review: Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the Goddess Demeter for failing to protect Persephone from Hades’ grasp. Emma may never return home or have love until Demeter has decided she has earned redemption through recovering missing people and giving them justice. In this life, Emma is an FBI Agent which helps her in her quest for redemption. She gets a new partner, FBI Agent Zack Armstrong, who is also a werewolf on the run. Zack is the last person Emma wants to be partnered with, especially considering their history. It also doesn’t help that Emma knows of Zack’s other nature, but he has no idea she’s a Siren due to a glamour spell created by her best friend, a incredibly powerful witch. Their first case together sucks them deeper into the paranormal world as they race against time to figure out why people who are members of a certain paranormal group are going missing, all the while fighting their mutual attraction.

I truly enjoyed the premise, the main characters, and the chemistry in ‘Cursed’. Emma and Zack’s spark burns bright, even when they’d like to ignore it. There also some outstanding secondary characters and I hope we learn more about them as the series continues. At times Emma doesn’t always come off as a millennia-old Siren, but I felt her character was well-developed. The mystery was intriguing and consisted of some very unique aspects in this genre. While ‘Cursed’ doesn’t end how I’m sure a lot of people would have liked it to, I definitely understand the reasons for the decisions made. Sign me up for the next book in this exciting new series!!

Fallen Siren series: Cursed (1)

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