The Nymph’s Labyrinth (Nymphs #1)
Author: Danica Winters
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Date of Publication:
December 31, 2012 Description:
A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed. Shape-shifting nymph Ariadne Papadakis is tasked with keeping the truth of the group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of the American archeologist, Beau Morris and his troublemaking son, Kaden. When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced make a choice – fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put Beau and Kaden’s lives in danger. Can she have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of her past keep her from her heart’s desire?
I’ve never read a book by Ms. Winters, but I’ve seen this book around for a while and it always tempted me, so I finally gave in to temptation and gave it a try. I’m glad I did. The choice of the Minoan culture and the nymphs was a great one. There’s always plenty of study/interest in the Greeks, but the Minoans were a very separate culture, and I liked Ms. Winters’ spin on them.
Getting to meet Ariadne, the girl who helped in Theseus, see her POV/thoughts about that particular adventure was great. Ariadne’s faced with the same curse that all nymphs have been since the time of Epione – if she loves a human, the human will sicken and die. So, obviously this puts a damper on all potential romances with anyone human. She’s also one of the many nymphs still on the island and she’s been charged with making sure that Dr. Beau Morris doesn’t obtain his life’s desire and prove the existence of the mythical Labyrinth. She goes to great extremes to do that, including planting a skeleton on the site to pull the archaeological dig to a halt as the authorities investigate.
Beau has faced a lot of ridicule in the academic community because of his chase of the myth of the Labyrinth, but he senses he’s getting really close. Unfortunately, time (and funding) is running out. Add in his ex-wife (a horrible piece of work, although her main crime is being a shallow twit, not anything truly heinous) dumping their kid off without any warning so she can go on her honeymoon and he’s got his hands full. He’s not looking for romance but ends up finding it with Ariadne, though he doesn’t know she’s not just named after the heroine from the Labyrinth tales but the actual heroine. I really liked the push and pull of the romance between Beau and Ariadne. They both had definite paths that they were trying to follow (Ariadne trying so hard not to fall in love because she doesn’t want to make anyone die and Beau determined to redeem his academic name), but that didn’t completely blind them to finding love.
There were some interesting secondary characters including Stavros (the governor of the territory, immortal, and long-time lover of Ariadne), Kat (acknowledged leader of the nymphs and not a very nice person), Kaden (Beau’s son who’s drawn to a nymph of his own), and Tammy (a witch). The story moved quickly and had a lot of humor in it, along with some great tension filled moments. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants paranormal romance without fangs involved. 4 stars and Ms. Winters’ other books will find their way onto my already overly full TBR list (there are 2 others currently out in the Nymphs series with a fourth coming out in a few months).
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.