Review: My Familiar Stranger by Victoria Danann

March 25, 2013 Review 1

Author: Victoria Danann
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Published by 7th House
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Genres: Paranormal Romance

Victoria Danann

 My Familiar Stranger (Oder of the Black Swan #1) (

By Victoria Danann (author website)

Publisher: 7th House

Format: eBook (Also available in Paperback)

Pages: 432

Publication date: April 21, 2012


Source: Author, for the purpose of an honest review

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Stars: 5

Flames: 3


Book Description:

A SECRET SOCIETY, MODERN DAY KNIGHTS, AND VAMPIRE LIKE NO OTHER come together in a dimension where chance intersects romance for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure proving that true love can find you in the strangest places, even far, far from home.

Minutes ahead of inevitable assassination, Elora Laiken is forcibly transported to an alternate dimension similar, but not identical, to her own. She is stranded. Alone. Far from home. A stranger in a “strangish” land. Of course a girl could suffer worse problems than having gorgeous suitors. Perhaps more importantly, in the midst of an epidemic of vampire related abductions, can she stay alive long enough to choose between an honor debt, true love, or the breathlessness of single-minded passion?

My Familiar Stranger is a full length, stand-alone, Paranormal/Fantasy Romance novel that also sets up the foundation for the Black Swan series. It is loved by fans of paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and urban fantasy.


My Review:

While I enjoy fantasy, I tend to stick closer to paranormal stories unless it is an author I know and love.  Well, I now know and LOVE Victoria Danann!  My Familiar Stranger is the first of a seven book series with books 1-3 currently available in eBooks and print while book #4 Moonlight is due out in May of 2013.  Victoria has created a wonderfully magical world for us to enjoy her stories in and this is where it all begins.  Once upon a time, in a land far away…

The Good:  Okay, I am hooked!  I was easily able to immerse myself completely in this wonderfully magical and surprising world that the author has created.  Once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down and I sure did not want it to end!  Not many books in this genre have the ability to make me giggle and flat out laugh out loud but this one did.  I love the author’s sense of humor.  It seems to be like mine…bordering a tad on the irreverent side. 😉  Now, it really didn’t hurt as far as I was concerned that there is a sexy Vamp involved but he is not all there is to the story.  I loved Elora.  While there was some rescuing that went on, she was far from a constant damsel in distress.  I think I am really going to like her…besides, she’s a redhead and how can you not love a redhead? 😉

The Bad:  The only real downer that I was aware of were some typos and grammatical issues that can be easily corrected, as they will be in subsequent editions, no doubt.

The Snuggly:   I hope you don’t mind cold showers because you are gonna need one after reading this!  The men and the sex are beyond spicy, right on up into sizzling!  It was such fun to read. 😉  However, you do not need to worry. As Victoria puts it: Some steamy scenes.  No menage.  No BDSM.

My Familiar Stranger is the perfect title for this first of the series book!  After reading it, it is impossible to feel unfamiliar with what was previously a strange and new series.  The entire story was exciting and interesting but the twists!  Wow!  Could not have foreseen that…and I mean that in the best of ways.  Just be aware, these books MUST be read in order so it is good that you are starting with My Familiar Stranger. These books are definitely not for readers under the age of 18. However, if you love well-written Paranormal/Fantasy Romances packed with adventure and fun, The Order of the Black Swan and My Familiar Stranger will be a hit with you for sure!

Victoria Danann

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One Response to “Review: My Familiar Stranger by Victoria Danann”

  1. Victoria_Danann

    Thank you Liberty Ann. If I remember correctly I believe you received your copy of this book a LONG time ago. People who have downloaded copies of My Familiar Stranger in the past few months have gotten clean, error free books.

    Thank you for the lovely review. It was just announced today that this book has been nominated for Best Indie Paranormal Romance (Readers Choice) and Best Indie Fantasy & Futuristic Romance.