First Digital Publication Date: September 6, 2010
Series: Elemental Magic #2
Blurb: Missing diamonds and a killer on the loose…will a schoolteacher and FBI agent escape with their lives and hearts intact?
Lack of evidence means the acquittal of Niccolo Gueraldi’s favored killer for hire, Ashton Smythe. Having failed in his mission to avenge his partner, Serena Roarke, Agent Gabriel Spiller returns to Alabama to search in secret for the missing diamonds needed to reopen the investigation and to lay low from the death threats he’s received since Smythe went free.
Almost two years after her sister’s death, Leannan O’Neal feels Serena’s loss now more than ever. A secret meeting before Serena died left Lea with an ugly figurine and nothing but questions. And then the hang-up calls, death threats, and finally coming home to a trashed house remind her of Serena’s warning.
With a killer out for revenge and hot on her heels, Lea goes on the run in search of Serena’s ‘angel’, but how long can Gabe keep her alive? And at what cost?
Content warning; sensual love scenes, graphic violence, adult language.
5 Ravens“To Take Up the Sword is excellent. There are paranormal elements and sexual elements but neither overpowers the plot. This is a good read with enough twists and turns that you’ll be rereading it just to be sure you caught everything.” Lea – Black Ravens Reviews http://theblackravensreviews.blogspot.com/2010/08/author-review-to-take-up-sword-by.html
5 Diamonds “I loved this book. It has everything: well-developed characters, strong emotions, obstacles galore, villains, and a complicated plot…and all in a novella-length story. “ Starla Kaye – Got Romance Reviews
You Gotta Read “In 52 pages Ms. Curry spun a tale that encompassed love, lust, intrigue, betrayal and suspense, all the while making it a believable tale.” Jennifer – You Gotta Read Reviews http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-to-take-up-sword-by-brynna-curry.html
4 Tombstones “This short story had everything – theft, a kidnapping, plenty of intrigue, some romance… I liked the way Lea was able to defend her and Gabe, and applauded her courage and strength.” – Mary – Bitten by Books http://www.bittenbybooks.com/51366/to-take-up-the-sword-by-brynna-curry/
4 Nymphs “To Take Up The Sword is a quickie. It’s an intriguing and enjoyable tale that kept me reading all the way through to find out how this story would end.” Goddess Minx – Literary Nymphs Reviews
4 Hearts “To Take Up The Sword is a quick action backed novella with two strong characters running from explosions and dodging bullets.” Roni – Romance Book Scene http://romancebookscene.blogspot.com/2010/09/romance-book-review-to-take-up-sword.html
4 Hearts“I can’t wait to read the next book to see what happens to these characters, especially Devin who is beginning to feel like family.” Melissa – Sizzling Hot Book Reviews