Tuesday 1 January 2013

Book Review: The Nymph's Labyrinth by Danica Winters

The Nymph's Labyrinth
by Danica Winters
Crimson Romance
Paranormal Romance
300 pages
Buy from amazon
4 Stars


A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed.

A Shape-shifting nymph, Ariadne, is tasked with keeping the truth of her group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of an American archeologist and his troublemaking son. When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced to make a choice—fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put everyone’s lives in danger.

Can Ariadne have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of the past keep her from her heart’s desire?


The nymph Epione rebuffs the advances of Zeus and in doing so, he placed a curse on her and all of the nymphs - they can no longer love a human, for if they do, the human will die a horrible and painful death.

Ariadne (yes, it is indeed that Ariadne from the myths) has kept the secrets of the Sisterhood of Epione for millenia and no one has come close to their secrets until now. Beau Morris is an archaeologist who thinks the famous labyrinth of myth is real and is on the Greek island of Crete. His colleagues think he's crazy and he's had a lot of trouble funding his dig.

Beau's estranged son, Kaden turns up out of the blue and quickly falls for one of the other nymphs, his health failing as the curse starts to work. Ariadne knows that she cannot allow Beau to find what he's looking for, but she hadn't counted on falling in love with a mortal. Can she risk everything, even Beau's life, for love? And could she betray he sisters' secrets in order to save Kaden?

I don't read a lot of paranormal romances, but I do have a love of Greek mythology, so I was intrigued by the storyline of this book. Miss Winter has a great turn of phrase and the characters are very realistic and seem down to earth, even if some of them are ancient goddesses. The love story between Beau and Ariadne took a little while to build, which was good. The love scenes were sensual and fit in with the storyline, rather than seeming just added in for the sake of it. They flowed as part of the book.   There were a few niggles with the shape-shifting, it didn't seem to play a very big part of the plot and the storyline would have worked just as well without it, I think. I'm not really sure why it was needed at all. It didn't add anything to the story in my opinion.

The story moved fast with most of the plot points tied together well and it was interesting trying to remember those bits of Greek myth that I read about growing up. A very enjoyable read.

About the Author:

Danica Winters is an Amazon best-selling romance author based in Montana. She is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, and Greater Seattle Romance Writers. She is a contributor to magazines, websites, and news organizations. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, the outdoors, and the bliss brought by the printed word.

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