Perez is a master of the old-fashioned romantic tale. She is one of the best at creating romance. In Cemetery Candles, a single touch can ignite fire. A glance between a man and woman can lead to the promise of a lifetime of passion. Perez has a unique gift for creating romantic tension with nothing more than a rapid pulse. I love it.
With Cemetery Candles Perez delivers her sweetly romantic style with a twist. We quickly guess that there is something special about Mr. Montenegro, but it isn’t until Perez takes us back to his beginnings that we become certain that we’ve entered into the realm of the paranormal.
Perez uses the paranormal to explore themes of life and death, light and darkness, the human condition and true love. As with all good paranormal, we ask ourselves what it means to be fully human. What separates humanity from the rest of creation? Is it true love?
When our heroine Valentina first meets Victor Montenegro, she has been hired to be the tutor for his nephew. She finds Victor attractive from the beginning and delights in his magic tricks. Soon, she finds herself dreaming fantastic romantic dreams about waltzing with him. Is she dreaming as she assumes or has he enchanted her sleep? I’m afraid we won’t find the answers to Valentina’s relationship with Mr. Montenegro until the end of the series.
It is enough that in this first book of the series we learn who Mr. Montenegro is and how he came to live the life of a recluse. I recommend this book to those who like paranormal and commend it for being highly romantic without the sweating and groaning that many authors feel necessary to communicate passion.
Victor Montenegro is a respected diplomat, a revered illusionist, and a treasure hunter who is applauded and envied for his uncanny ability to find historical treasures. In the town of Montenegro, California, Victor hires Valentina Santa Cruz, an aspiring anthropologist, to educate his nephew Teo. Victor and Valentina’s mutual love of the dead opens up an intimate ethereal realm. They share many passions: sunken treasures, cemeteries, and ancient burials, but can Valentina’s passion for Victor wake a heart that has been dormant for decades? In 1727, Suzette Savarit, praying to escape the memory of her parents’ brutal murder, agrees to flee to the New World as a “casket girl” under the guidance of the Ursuline nuns. In the New World the spirit of death torments Suzette as she becomes a prominent citizen of New Orleans. Will her illicit romance with a plague survivor open the door to immortality? Suzette bears witness to calamities, warring monsters, and Mother Nature’s wrath. A tale that traverses decades in which characters slip into macabre realms as they consort with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and witches. Suzette’s battle to triumph over death will trap her in an unsuspecting and devastating curse. Suzette’s discovery of love heralds in her worst nightmare: the threat of death cruelly robbing her of true love.
About the Author
Estela Vazquez Perez lives in San Francisco with her two children.