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Paramount (Thirty Minutes to Heartbreak Book 1) by [Scrieva, Nadia]
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He broke her heart. Now, it's time for him to pay...

Pax Burnson has been in love with Thorn Kalgren since she was fourteen. Long before he became the CEO of one of the world's largest tech companies, and an arrogant jerk. Their families have always been close due to their shared secret; both Pax and Thorn are descended from devas, powerful demigods with vast supernatural abilities. Years ago, when Pax lost her mother, Thorn became her everything. She depended on him as her friend, mentor, and eventually her lover. His recent betrayal was more than she could bear.

Pax has spent a lifetime concealing her goddess heritage, and trying to be normal. She has vowed not to practice her powers, but her newfound anger at Thorn has released a violence that she cannot restrain. She turns to her best friend for help with a complex plan to deceive and destroy her former lover--but this is challenging since her best friend happens to be Thorn's own sister. As it turns out, Amara Kalgren has her own reasons to crave vengeance.

The friendship and loyalty between the two girls becomes fortified as they venture down a dark and twisted path, discovering ancient magick and terrifying demons, and struggling against the consuming lust and love for the men who have hurt them. Pax and Amara soon find that they've bitten off more than they can chew...

But there's no turning back now.

About the Author

Nadia Scrieva lives in Toronto, Canada with no husband, no kids, and no pets. She does own a very attractive houseplant which she occasionally remembers to water between her all-consuming writing marathons. For more information, you can connect with the author on Facebook or visit her website to subscribe to her mailing list: facebook.com/NadiaFans nadiascrieva.com/#!subscribe If you are too busy to check for new books, you can also text EPICBOOKS to 313131 to get a reminder on release dates. List of series and reading order: SACRED BREATH SERIES Drowning Mermaids Fathoms of Forgiveness Boundless Sea Abyssal Zone Tides of Tranquility Maelstrom Poisoned Waters (Coming Soon!) THIRTY MINUTES TO HEARTBREAK Paramount Parabellum Paralyzed Paradox (Coming soon!)

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  • Language: English
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The only thing that beats a tale of romance with a revenge twist is an exquisitely written tale of romance with a revenge twist. Add the elements of fantasy, paranormal and erotica into the mix, and you’ve got something that’s just so unforgettable: Nadia Scrieva’s ‘Paramount’, which is just Book 1 of her ‘Thirty Minutes to Heartbreak’ series.

Essentially, ‘Paramount’ is an exquisitely fleshed out erotic/romantic story that grabs you at the get-go. The plot is familiar: Pax Burnson is brimming with power, but she does her best to live her life as a normal person, but when she is betrayed by someone she has loved for a long time, Pax’s life is overturned—compelling her to unleash and use her power according to what her vengeful heart demands. But how Pax accomplishes her revenge is complicated—and quite a delicious read: aside from the steaming hot erotic scenes, a somewhat turn toward incest (a feat made possible by Pax’s powers), she manages to bury the blade of her revenge into the hilt and savagely turn it—but only to discover that the blade is double-edged, and ultimately, she may end up in a worse place than before.

Let me suffice it to say that “Paramount’ is a deeply satisfying read—I enjoyed every moment of it. And the way it ends will absolutely leave you craving for more—the great thing is that the sequel is available and you can easily get that too. Talk about instant gratification—which is just spot-on for a book like this. Get your copy today—if you love a well-crafted tale of romance, obsession, desire and magic, then you will also love this. A well-deserved five-star rating for this one.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9df0e5e8) out of 5 stars 52 reviews
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e28f204) out of 5 stars The story hooks but beware of sexual elements Sept. 14 2012
By Rebecca R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I got hooked into the story pretty quickly and liked the main characters. I do recommend doing some quick reading on the Buddhist belief system so you better understand the basis. I didn't do that and was offline when reading, so initially thought it was incomplete world building. The reading experience could have been improved by inclusion of discrete background information, but that's not how it is.

Unfortunately, the story also had some very intense sexual elements in it. These were made especially uncomfortable by the incestuous elements of the situation. I don't want to reveal too much by explaining that, but to warn others who might find this uncomfortable as well. A few times it bothered me enough to tempt me to put it down, but by then I was invested in the story and couldn't bring myself to do it.

The biggest problem is that the book ends on a cliff-hanger. Even series shouldn't do that. They should stand independently. So be forewarned if that makes you mad like it does me.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0718f4) out of 5 stars Amazing read June 24 2012
By Kayura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you're looking for a good fantasy romance with women who do more than just sit around on their thumbs, but the men aren't slouches either, then this is what you are looking for. I found it to be funny, fast paced, exciting, and at times heart wrenching. Best $.99 I ever spent. I finished reading it in a day, and I'm dying for the next installment. I highly recommend this book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e071f78) out of 5 stars I am completely in awe Aug. 7 2012
By Michael R. Schultheiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great Sakra, where to begin? I simply cannot express how much I LOVED this book. Love, lust, betrayal, vengeance... this book has it all, and author Nadia Scrieva gives us complex, interesting characters who are often even *more* complex and interesting once you get to know them.

And oh-my-gods, the plot is simply outstanding. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, right? Well, now imagine two women, both with goddess-like powers, who have been betrayed by their lovers (who also have god-like powers). I found Pax and Amara eminently relatable and interesting heroines: sure, they're both driven by a desire for vengeance, but it's a bit different for each of them because of who they are, and the circumstances in question.

I don't want to say too much for fear of any spoilers, but I think Scrieva pulled off a truly remarkable feat with the young women's plan for revenge. Scrieva took a number of risks in doing this, but she is only to be lauded the more for that, because of how spectacularly they paid off. The complex dynamic between heroines Pax and Amara and their respective exes, Thornton and Asher, is the more interesting because Thornton is Amara's brother and Asher is Pax's uncle, so you have family loyalties and betrayals as well.

And there were so many surprises and twists along the way, especially with regard to the characters of Ash and Thornton, that it really kept me guessing. At no point did I feel that any of the romance was clichéd or saccharine or predictable. I say that, because I'm often a little gun-shy about romance in fantasy, simply because I've read way too many clichés. But this book wasn't like that: I really admire how fresh and innovative it felt. This is not a fairy-tale story: the characters are far too human, and the world is far too complex.

On that note, I absolutely love what Scrieva does with this world. Her concept of devas draws on the wellsprings of mythology, specifically the idea that pure gods can beget semi-divine children with humans. I also love the way that she draws on Indic conceptions, with prana. And yet, the way that she handles their powers is eminently outstanding, because Scrieva realizes something important: any writer can create a character with remarkable magical powers; the important thing is to communicate *what these powers mean to the character.* Whether it's Pax expressing her rage in fiery form, or Thornton and Asher using their prana as a pick-up trick, the characters' use of the powers clearly *means* something to them, and is expressive of their internal state of mind.

So, in conclusion: this book is outstanding, and I cannot wait for the sequel, Parabellum. If you love fantasy in general, as well as urban/paranormal fantasy or fantasy romance in particular, or even if you just love a good story, *do not miss this book!*
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0715b8) out of 5 stars Unbelieveably Entertaining April 20 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Now I say "unbelievably" because I only got the book as it was FREE and when I started reading it I thought HUH? But I persevered, the further I got into the story the more interested I got.

Admittedly it isn't in the normal genre that I like but I loved this book. It's quirky, sad, funny, romantic and scary, it has you sitting on the edge waiting to see what happens.

I usually can see what's coming but not with this author. I don't want to mention anything to give it away but have to say that it is not incestuous in the least, though some people seem to think so. I found the sections they referred to, hilarious and tongue in cheek.

And yes it does finish with a cliff hanger but hey it was free and a damn great book and of course I had to go and buy the rest of the series to find out what happens. I think that Nadia realised that if you loved the book you would want to find out what happens so then you wouldn't mind paying 99 cents for the book. Which is quite reasonable compared to $5.99 for books that don't have half as many pages.

I love this authors quirky stories, so have also bought her other series " Sacred Breath ", which I can't wait to start.

Keep up the great work Nadia.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0718b8) out of 5 stars A Rough Start, But Get Over the Hump and It's Hard to Put Down! Oct. 8 2012
By A. Brunner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Though it took me a little while to really get into this story, I really enjoyed it once I did. It didn't capture me immediately, but it caught my interest enough to keep reading. Overall, I was really happy I didn't just put it down.

The story definitely picked up after the first few chapters. Pax and Amara are both fairly likable characters, though there were times where I felt like I wanted to knock some sense into them; making them seem more like real people than fictional characters. The story line was incredibly interesting and imaginative. The author is very descriptive, and seems to really understand the balance between what's enough and what's too much.

I enjoyed the way the author kept you guessing about everyone's motives throughout the whole story; it made for some good predictions as to where the story was going. I love it when a book makes me think ahead to what might be around the next page or in the next chapter.

I agree with the other reviewer who said that books, even in a series, should be able to stand on their own. It's a constant source of frustration for me when I read books that are part of a series. This book did not have an ending, which I could sort of see coming when I realized I was almost done and there seemed to be no wrap-up in sight. I understand that there's more to the story, but there is a point where this one could have ended and still left an opening for a sequel.

I would definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy reading any kind of fantasy/sci-fi thrillers. This was worth taking the time to read, and I will most likely pick up the sequel to see how it all ends.