by Melanie Jackson

March 2004
ISBN: 0-505-52576-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Lovespell
Mass Market Paperback

Melanie Jackson’s newest novel The Courier is the third installment in her Wildside series. In this book, Lyris is an undercover fey who has been researching and following Quede, the goblin king that rules the Big Easy. She suspects that Quede is not the benevolent benefactor he portrays. During her search she runs into Roman Hart, a fey sent by Jack Frost to infiltrate the underworld of New Orleans. Lyris and Roman soon combine forces to discover what really is going on in the city. However, what they uncover horrifies them, Quede is not only a goblin but also a vampire and he plans to unleash a vampire virus on the unsuspecting citizens of his fair city. Roman and Lyris must stop Quede at all costs and protect the human citizens of New Orleans. As, they rush to stop the looming disaster Lyris and Roman realize that they have fallen in love with each other. This complication is unwanted by both characters but provides and interesting twist to the story line.

The Courier is another success for Melanie Jackson. Lyris and Roman are enduring characters and the plot sucks the reader into the story. The love story is masterfully woven throughout the story and feels as if it is and natural extension of the story. Lyris is a lady with a mission; she is strong and able to save herself over and over again throughout this book. She even saves Roman and time or two. This strong heroine is a nice break from the usual romance novel. Roman is a unique hero, he really has no mission and is a go lucky kind of guy. Lyris really shapes his character as the story progresses and he becomes a likeable character as the story unfolds. The weak hero is the only downside to this wonderful story. The nonstop action keeps the pages turning makes this novel irresistible. Quede makes a wonderful villain; he is slimy and disgusting yet intrigues the reader. His personality helps carry the story line. I enjoyed this book very much it twines romance and the paranormal seamlessly. If you like a little paranormal spice to your romance this book is a must have.

Reviewed in May 2004 by Jen.

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