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{August 16, 2011}   Spartan Heart (Part 1) by Kristine Cheney

From Goodreads: Sent away to college in America, Evangeline swore she would never return to England. Anger loses its value when tragedy forces her home to assume ownership of the family’s beloved Greco-Roman museum.

Placing a foolish, drunken kiss on a Greek statue in the museum’s basement, Evangeline unknowingly frees a Spartan prince from an evil oracle’s curse. Suddenly, her lonely life is invaded by the rakish man with knowing emerald green eyes who never eats or sleeps, and seems to know her every thought and feeling.

Falling in love is dangerous, especially when it’s with a man who has already been claimed by the bitter oracle, Demona. From the moment of her kiss, Evangeline is swept into Dorien’s world of mystery, danger, and passion. The oracle’s fury only mounts as they unravel Demona’s darkest secrets, but not before Demona finds out about their unborn half-breed immortal twins.

Demona uses her knowledge of the future to manipulate and destroy, but sometimes love has a will, and a heart, of its own.

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Fast paced and action packed, this novel (novella?) will keep readers turning the pages from start to finish, leaving them yearning for more with its abrupt end, which is perfect as this segment is only the first portion of the story.  Cheney whet’s the reader’s appetite for more to come through her vivid prose and enticing story.  This unique story peaked my interest from the very beginning, with the idea of a statue coming to life, a mortal as his muse, and an evil oracle who will stop at nothing to claim him for herself.  I thoroughly enjoyed this adult novel, and recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, interesting read with a little carnal romance and big surprises.  Three and a half stars.

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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