Monday, 21 September 2009

Review – The Summoner © Alisha Steele

Title: The Summoner

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Main Character: Fallen angel Kasdeya & Alex

The enemy may be his only hope...

Fallen angel Kasdeya hates all mortals. They’re little more than playthings, as far as he’s concerned. But when he finds himself facing a thousand-year prison sentence, he has no choice but to call on the one woman who might set him free: the Summoner.

His plan is simple...seduce her for his own purposes, then throw her away. If only she weren’t so argumentative, so intelligent. If only she weren’t so damned sexy!


Alex had been having this dream since she was a child. Not every year. Not even every second or third year. Not often at all. She could count on one hand the number of times she’d been subjected to this hell, but the infrequency didn’t make the experience any less terrifying. The difference now, though, was that she wasn’t a child anymore.


“What?” she shrieked. Mud squelched between her fingers as her hands clenched. “What? What the hell do you want?”


The whispering was driving her mad, but the voices weren’t answering. Again she was touched, on her head this time. Alex refused to acknowledge the phantom hand and, in a moment, it retreated. “Summoner,” they’d called her. Over and over.

Well, all right then.

“Come on, already!” she said. “Show yourselves. I… I summon you!”

* * * *

“And it’s about bloody time too.”

The fingers were back, smoothing over her hair, and this time they didn’t disappear.

Crap! That had definitely not been a well thought-out plan.

The tendons in Alex’s neck creaked as she turned her head to look up at the speaker. Her breath left her in a gasp. She scrambled out from underneath his palm, any dignity she still possessed quickly lost in her slipping, sliding retreat. “Jesus Christ!”

He smirked and crossed his magnificently muscled arms across his chest. “No, I’m afraid not, pet. I’ve never even met the man, though he and my brother have a passing acquaintance.”

When she finally regained her feet, Alex took stock of the creature standing at ease in front of her. The huge black wings were so distracting that it actually took her a moment to notice he was unclothed. Her gaze followed the sweep of feathers down to the earth in fascination, and it was only on the return journey that Alex realized the alabaster white of his skin was a naked expanse in front of those wings.

Her cheeks flamed and she rushed to bring her gaze to his face. At least, she tried to look up; her stare kept getting snared along the way. She’d never seen a man with elegant feet before! From there, her gaze naturally wandered up his strong, smooth legs. A thatch of black decorated their apex, surrounding his…


The Summoner © Alisha Steele



Alex needs her sleep, with a full time job, a new house that she is not only fixing up as she unpack – but she now have a person calling to her through her dreams.

Ever since a child she has always had a period of her life where her dreams are more like nightmares and her only salvation is that they only came about only a handful of time for her to get on with her life as she wanted to. This time however there is an urgency to the call and once she falls asleep someone is trying their hardest to summoner her or be summoned – so she does the next best thing – she says the word “I summon you’ and then her  whole life is tossed up side down.

Kayseda is the fallen angel from the Alex’s dreams and trying to break free from a thousand years prison sentence – he find a summoner (Alex) and through a little conniving and a little lure he gets to meet the lovely Alex. His plan does not work as he hoped it would, because Alex would not do as he wish and he has no choice but to follow her every command.

Alex is immediately caught up in the joy and fulfilment that she gets from her “Dark man”, but some things are too good to be true and as kas has not been entirely truthful about his sentence and his freedom – it’s  left up to Alex to pay the piper whether she agrees or not.


Let me first get the fact that I am a cover whore out of the way as the reason why I was attracted to this book, I am very impressed with Renee Rocco’s the cover artist work here. That said one big plus of Ms. Steele style is that she actually gives a reason why there are tattooed “like” wings on the back of the cover model and that explanation makes a refreshing  change to the book as when every hero, heroine and their dog have a tattoo but no reason why – it does makes a difference.

Now for the story, the meat of the story actually starts once Alex literally does a jail break by summoning Kas from is thousand years jail sentence, Kas is a fallen angel with a reputation that proceeds  him and in the right circle he is revered - Alex is however clearly not up on her demons and fallen angel because she has no idea who kas is and only knows that he has all the right equipment to make her sing a different tune and not only does she have total control over him, but she is enjoying her time with him and she is falling fast and hard for this fallen angel.

Kas has his own dilemma, he had a plan, it was so easy – get The Summoner to break him out and once he gets his freedom he planned to be long gone. As a fallen angel he has only limited time before the powers that be nabs him and send him back so he should know better that plans can change at the drop of a hat add meeting Alex in the flesh to the mix and he was all about their flesh joining and then his heart got involve and it was game over from there.

kas hasn’t been exactly truthful to Alex and before long she has an unexpected visitor and has to make the hardest of choices – but nothing  is worse than knowing the man she loves think she is dead.

I have mixed feeling about this book, the story line was ok and the cast had their own little nuances to ensure that I fell in love with them and had a laugh at their expense as well.. My major grouse with this book is the fine line between good and evil and whilst I know it’s all fantasy and subjective I had so much issues with the fallen angels, and the other good/evil inference made in the book.

This is my first book by this author and while this book was definately not my cup of tea  -her voice flowed through the character well. I was very impressed with her ability to describe the people, the outfit, the angst and some of the tension filled issues that tied the book together. The smut was not bad as well, but it was little too much after a while (can you believe – me, complaining about too much smut). 

If you are in the mood for a change please have a go –  the things that worked in this book worked well and the niggles for me were sprinkled right through the book so it made it not the anticipated book that I had hoped it would be.


7 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 21 September 2009 at 20:49 said...

I like the storyline so would like to try if cos of that.
Too bad all things did not work though

TheChicGeek on 21 September 2009 at 21:38 said...

Love the cover, EH! Really great review but sounds like the good/evil thing messed it up. I appreciate the honest review!

Hope all is well with you! Have a Happy Day, E>H>!

Alisha Steele on 22 September 2009 at 00:07 said...

Thanks for the honest and thoughtful review. :)


Alisha Steele

Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2009 at 13:08 said...


Please give it a try - As you know everyone has different taste in books...

I am liking her voice though - It made me laugh out loud...


Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2009 at 13:10 said...


Hey friend of mine - lovely of you to stop by... i have not has a scenario like this is a long while ..

Loving an authors style, but certain aspect of this book just did not appeal to me...

What can I say - off to read more of her work...LOL


Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2009 at 13:14 said...

Hey alisha..

Thanks for coming by... I so loved your voice in this book as you can tell..

Despite the issues I had with some of it - it made me laughed out loud and I loved the dynamics of the people you toss together...

Just going to look at your back catalog and read some more of your work...

Congrats on the release..


Donna on 25 September 2009 at 05:34 said...

I think I might give this book a try just because of the angel factor. I love reading books based on angels. Adding it to the wishlist. Thanks!