Today I am pleased to present Rite of Passage by Kevin V. Symmons. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops to see what others thought about the book, read excerpts, see an author post and enter the giveaway for 5 paperback copies of Rite of Passage by Kevin V. Symmons, Ends Dec. 18th.
Title: Rite of Passage
Author: Kevin V. Symmons
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
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Book Description: June, 1947, Sebago Lake, Maine. Robert McGregor has the perfect life until he meets Courtney Wellington at a reunion. Courtney is the stuff that dreams are made of: exquisite, vulnerable and desperately alone. But Courtney’s identity is more extraordinary than he could imagine. The 40th in a line of powerful witches, Courtney and her friends have elaborate plans for Robbie. He’s been chosen to wed her in a ceremony foretold a millennia ago. A ceremony to keep humanity from chaos and self-destruction. Though fearful and suspicious, Robbie is drawn to the young beauty. When Courtney is kidnapped by a rogue sect of Druids, she becomes a pawn in a deadly struggle. A struggle that will span the Atlantic, threaten their lives and lead to a confrontation effecting the fate of humanity. Rite of Passage combines classic romance with gripping action. Surprise and deception confront Robbie and companions as they struggle to wrest Courtney from the sinister Druids. Unbridled passion, non-stop action and plot twists will keep you turning pages well into the night.
My Review: Just after the end of WWII, there is a worldwide awareness of evil, and the wrongs that humans can do. Even to the point of bringing an end to the world as we know it, with the atomic bomb. With great finesse, the author creates two characters who are both aware of and concerned with the plight facing humans, although their instincts to face these dangers stem from very different places.
One traditionally (Harvard) educated man meets one trained in the lore and skills of the Wiccan religion, and is destined to make a difference for herself and humanity. Despite initial suspicions and fears, the two are inexorably drawn to each other, partially a physical connection, part fulfillment of an ages old prophecy.
What follows is a carefully crafted retelling of their story, complete with simple details and dramatic twists that keep the reader turning pages to discover if and how they managed to survive the events. Loaded with adventure, both good, bad and questionable characters, and the only stakes being the future – this is a greatly engaging and entertaining book. With just enough detail that is told without great flash and special effects to lead the reader to contemplate the possibilities of the story being less fiction and more memoire.
It’s a romance, with plenty of action, detail and historical impact to draw in readers of all genres, and a truly promising first novel from this author of, I hope, many more.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for Full Moon Bites. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author: Kevin Symmons is a writer, college faculty member, and president of one of the Northeast’s most respected writing organizations. His new paranormal novel, Rite of Passage, will keep you turning pages late into the night. His other efforts include Voices, a sweeping women’s fiction work that brings to light the tragic problem of domestic violence in contemporary America. Kevin has also collaborated with award-winning screenwriter and playwright Barry Brodsky who has adapted one of Kevin’s story ideas to the screen. Kevin is currently at work on his next novel, Sanctuary, a romantic thriller set on Cape Cod.