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Review: The Charmed Souls

Reviewed by Shelly

I couldn’t wait to read the second story after reading the The Charmed, the first book in this series. Although this is a connected story, you can definitely read it independently of the first, so don’t let that stop you from enjoying a very good story.

In my review for The Charmed, I said that this isn’t the typical vampiric retelling and thank goodness Wenrick didn’t make a liar out of me. She does an excellent job of continuing along that line and not falling into any stereotypical traps. This book had me laughing out loud, sniffling – okay maybe full on crying would be more descriptive– and yes, even gasping in shock about the surprises.

As I re-entered the world of the Dhampirs, vampires, and humans Olivia’s story continues with a dare – learning to use her skills as a Charmer and a Dhampir to protect herself from the things that go bump in the night (and sometimes the day) in order to return to her only love, daywalker Caleb Wolfe. For her to do that, she has to be separated from Caleb and reside at a safe house for training. Assigned to her training is human Guardian, Alec Lambert, mortal enemy of Caleb. Yikes, you can imagine the tension that creates. It’s all good though because Olivia is the beneficiary of all that tension.

Wenrick doesn’t pull any punches in this story. By page nine, I had to stop reading to get a box of tissues – dang it! After Alec takes Olivia to a safe community, The Oracle, she has a chance to settle in and train. During her time there she also finds about quite a lot about her old and new family and meets some new friends along with some new enemies.

What I liked about this story was that not once did I feel sorry for Olivia. She never had a moment of self-pity and that whole woe-is-me attitude. She did a remarkable amount of growing –not just the physicality of her training– but her emotional maturity was by far her greatest improvement. She started seeing herself as what she is – a Dhampir, half human and yes, half vampire. It was wonderful to witness her acceptance of her vampire side without compromising or denying her human side. Well done there.

Oh, that male hotness that is Caleb – I could hear the growl that just rolls through his frame. Grrr! He’s come a long way with words, he’s using them more and more and guess what?  He’s very good with them. Oh yeah. There were a few moments when I just wanted to reach out and give him a big hug (and let’s be honest here – I wouldn’t mind giving him a few more things, if ya know what I mean).

The other members of the Walker Coven are back. Jax Walker, head of the Coven is still impressive in every possible way. He’s a great influence on all the other members of the coven. There were a few times that I just wanted to beat him down for not giving it up to Gemma, but he comes around to my way of thinking just in the nick of time. We get to find out a bit more about Gemma and her quirks. She adds a nice dimension to the storyline.

Olivia’s Guardian Alec is unequivocally my favorite character in this story. Maybe it’s because he and Olivia are together so much and we find out that Alec is what is termed as a ‘good guy’. He’s honest to a fault and loyal until you prove that he shouldn’t be. Gotta love it! The other characters, some new some returning, are all part of Alec’s circle: Alec’s Uncle Reese Lambert, one of the Elders at The Oracle; Lucas Rayner, the foulest mouth Guardian around; Phinneas, Maya, Gideon, and the unforgettable horndog, yet pleasantly perverted Kane. I’m looking forward to reading more about all of these characters in the next book.

There were some sex scenes between Olivia and Caleb, and for me they were well paced and not gratuitous in any way. This is a definite recommend and I’m anxiously awaiting Book 3.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: A+

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Charmed Souls
by Christine Wenrick
Release Date: November 22, 2012
Publisher: Red Tree House Publishing

Review: Immortal Craving

Reviewed by Jen

I’ll be honest. I was disappointed when I found out that the hero in this book wasn’t a Cait-Sith. I mean, I love those poor, tortured little kitty-cats.  But I should have had some faith.  Tasmin is, indeed, and entirely different breed of vampire.  Instead, he is a poor, tortured, BIG kitty-cat.  And I loved him just the same.

Tasmin is Rakshasa, a lion-vampire shifter, whose kind was thought to be extinct.  But he has been asleep for centuries, cursed to carry the spirit of a demon by the evil Arsinoe.  When he wakes, he is half crazed.  He hears the evil, oily voice inside him, and he wants it out.  He travels from India to the US, looking for Lily, hoping the queen of the Lilium can help him and explain what happened to his people.

When he arrives, it’s not actually Lily he seeks out first, but her human best friend, Bailey.  He thinks she will give him insight into Lily that will help his cause.  But his fractured psyche leads him to pass out in her shop, and Bay steps up to help him.  Despite his power and abrupt nature, Bay sees the vulnerability in Tasmin and is drawn to him.  The attraction is mutual, but he knows that the demon makes him a danger to her, so Tas tries to fight it.  It’s so sweet and noble.

There is a lot going on outside of the building relationship.  The Ptolemy vamps are targeting Lily and her people, and Arinoe wants Tasmin, so she can get her hands on that demon.  Bay and Lily are struggling with their friendship and questioning how they can maintain it with the differences between them.   There’s great action… and familiar faces.. and all the threads of previous books are acknowledged and incorporated in.

But at the heart of the book is the romance, and it was a good one.  Tasmin comes from such a powerful race.  Being strong is all he’s ever known, but his circumstances throw all of that on its ear.  Bay is this physically weak, fragile human, yet she takes care of him. She protects him. She saves him.  I loved watching how it humbles him; how he needs her; how is willing to sacrifice himself for her as a result.   He sees beneath the surface of her and knows her worth.  He’s awesome.  And they are fantastic together.  There is so much longing and crushing fear that they’re doomed.  Delicious angst, folks, just like I like it.

The book wraps up a lot in the overall storyline, and it feels like it could serve as a series finale.  But I hope this isn’t the end.  There is definitely more story out there to be told… the demons… Vlad… and I want to read them.  I hope to get the chance.

Rating: B+

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Immortal Craving
by Kendra Leigh Castle
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Forever

Review: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

Reviewed by Jen

This is the best historical romance I have read in ages.  Unbelievable sexual tension. A fantastic love story.  Even better than her last book –and THAT is saying a lot.

Have I got your attention yet?

Phillipa is only a couple of weeks away to wedding a sweet, albeit slightly simple man.  And despite the wealth of knowledge floating around in her head, she is plagued by the fact that she has no idea what her wifely duties will entail. She certainly can’t ask her betrothed.  Her mother and sisters are no help. So she decides to take her questions to an expert.

Cross has a reputation of being both brilliant and a rake of the highest order.  Who else could be better to school her in the ways of the bedroom?  So Pippa corners him in his office at the gaming hell he helps run –and asks him to ruin her.  Not to bed her, of course, but to teach her everything there is to know about the carnal arts.

Cross is quite taken with Pippa.  She is an unusual woman. Very smart… honest and direct.  But he wants no part of the fairer sex.  He took a personal vow of celibacy years ago to atone for past sins.  He certainly won’t debauch someone as innocent as Pippa.  But, my, how she wears him down.  As their paths cross again and again she grows nearly impossible to resist.  Yet somehow he does it.

And there comes the sexual tension I was talking about earlier.  MacLean manages to burn up the pages without these two ever touching each other. Yes, they do touch each other eventually, but in the meantime, I found myself gripping the arms of my chair and leaning toward the computer screen in anticipation of a kiss… a touch… anything.  And when it finally happens –wow.

Cross is one of my favorite kinds of heroes, the kind that thinks he is nowhere near good enough for the heroine.  He sees her as a prize few others see the value of.  He pushes her away and pushes her away, but –this is where the awesomeness of Pippa comes in– she never gives up.  It’s such a great journey and it left me completely and utterly satisfied.

Rating: A-

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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
by Sarah MacLean
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Avon

Review: How to Misbehave

Reviewed by Allison

 

Amber Clark is the program director for the Camelot Community Center and while she’s always had her eye on older man and building contractor Tony Mazzara, it’s always just been a fantasy she’s kept to herself. That all changes when a tornado sweeps in and forces them to the dark basement of the Community Center as they seek shelter. Not only do they finally talk, but Tony is claustrophobic and Amber ends up being his anchor to stay calm. She doesn’t know if she should make a move, but the storm passes before she can. Fortunately for her, the storm completely smashed her car, providing the opportunity for Tony to drive her home… and come up.

I don’t know how else to explain this but to say that it was HOTT. Seriously. And not just sexy, but well written, fast paced.  This couple burned up the pages; I had to keep flipping to keep up! This is one of the best novellas I’ve read in a long time and I read it all in one sitting. Because, trust me, you won’t want to get up in the middle of this one.

This story was a hell of a way to kick off a new series & I can’t wait to read the next one, Along Came Trouble!!!

Grade: A

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How to Misbehave
by Ruthie Knox
Release Date: January 28, 2013
Publisher: Loveswept

Review: Blaze of Memory

Reviewed by Jen

As I sat down to read this and I looked over the blurb, the first though that occurred to me was: Who the hell are Dev and Katya?  It didn’t take me long to put the pieces together. Despite my fears, these are not new characters… just a couple that we haven’t seen in awhile.

We met Dev in Mine to Possess (Talin & Clay’s book.)  He is the leader of Shine, group of Psy “Forgotten,” working to find children of their kind who were neglected or abused and unaware of their heritage.  Katya is actually Ekaterina, Ashaya’s assistant who was presumed dead at the end of Hostage to Pleasure.   Obviously, she is still alive, but not the woman she once was.

The councilor, Ming, has had Katya all this time. He’s broken her mind, learned all of her secrets, and dumped her on Dev’s doorstep. She has an embedded impulse to kill him, though she doesn’t remember it.  In fact, she doesn’t remember anything at first –not even who she is.  Dev is too smart to ignore the possibility she is a Trojan horse, but her abuse brings out all of his protective instincts.  He takes her into his own personal custody as they try to unravel the mysteries of her mind –and eventually, how to set her free from what Ming has done to her.

I wasn’t sure I was going to like a story with both a Psy hero and heroine.  After all, those changeling men and all their touching make these stories so hot.  But Dev isn’t a regular Psy. He has never known Silence, though his metallic abilities give him a cool clarity most of the Forgotten lack.  And since the torture cracked Katya’s conditioning wide open, she is emotional too. Maybe even more so than Dev.

It’s hard at times, watching the dichotomy of Dev the man, and Dev the Shine leader.  Sometimes, he has to be a real dick to Katya.  But I understand it. So does she.  It’s hot to watch her earnest feelings and sexuality break down his barriers.   And despite my reservations about leaving the changeling packs, the book actually provided a nice change of pace.  We got to see an entirely new side to this world, while still maintaining links to the people we know and love.

Without spoiling the particulars, I’ll tell you that this book made me cry in the end.  (A first for the series.) That’s always a sign that the author has made me invest in the characters.   And Nalini Singh has pulled me even further into her web. Her Arrows fascinate me. (I want a Vasic story!! Tell me more about Aden! The Ghost! Xavier.)  It’s so clear to me why everyone loves this series… cheesy covers, aside.

Rating: B+

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Blaze of Memory
by Nalini Singh
Release Date:November 3, 2009
Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Review: To Wed the Fae Prince

Reviewed by Jen

Etta has been promised to the Fae since she was born.  Her parents made a deal with the Seelie Court when they were trying to conceive and from that point on, she was betrothed to a prince.  Now in Fairy, Etta thinks it is the eldest prince she is to marry, but it turns out that the younger prince, Farron, is her intended.  Sullen and known to hate humans, Farron seems like the worst possible choice.  But Etta doesn’t really have much of a choice at all.  Either she honors her parents’ deal or they pay the consequences.

First of all, I was a little put off when I discovered the heroine was only 17. I’m not a YA fan and this book was pitched as an adult romance.  And believe me, Etta is very much a child.  The author uses the nature of the Fae land to make her technically older in a short period of time, but just because her body ages, it doesn’t actually make her 22.

Farron makes a better character.  He is earnest and misunderstood –and he really comes through when push comes to shove, but we really don’t get to know him on a deeper level, as the story is told from Etta’s point of view.

There are moments when the story shows promise.  It’s hard to put my finger on, since there were so many things that bothered me, but I think it’s probably in the overall writing style, which is pretty engaging.  The pacing is fast and the story moves.  I wasn’t bored.

But.  The concerns Etta places so much stock in… over the course of the story are simply picked up and dropped at will. She quickly gets over her (legitimate) concerns about the nature of the Fae… the deals, the slavery, etc.  She goes from disliking Farron to falling in love with him super fast (no many how many years passed in the human world.)  And she goes from fighting his sexual advances to losing her virginity  on a table with her skirts thrown up.

Which brings me to the sex.  I love a good sex scene, I do.  But some of the language here made me cringe.

“As he slid his fingertips against my sopping wet gash, I pushed against them.”

Ew.  Sopping wet gash?  In total, we hear about her “gash” three times, which is three times too many in my opinion.  Not to mention, every time Etta was in a sexual situation, all I could think of was how immature and childlike she seemed.

It just didn’t work for me.

Rating: D+

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To Wed the Fae Prince
by V Vervain
Release Date: August 4, 2012

Review: Seduction of a Highland Warrior

Reviewed by Jen

I’ll give Sue-Ellen Welfonder this: she is consistent.  I had the very same problems with this book as I did with Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel.  The main romance in this story was fairly good. But there is so much other junk going on that bogs it down, it practically ruins the book.

Marjory is on a mission to capture Alasdair, the leader of the MacDonald clan. She has wanted him for years and she is fairly certain that the feeling is mutual. Unfortunately, he and her brother hate each other’s guts, so it’s not an easy match. Her brother tries to keep her away from Alasdair. And Alasdair, himself, tries to fight the attraction between them.  Of course, he can’t fight it for long.  Sure, he almost manages to screw it up once or twice, but there was a great sexual tension and affection between these two that couldn’t be denied.  Simply put, I liked watching their road to happiness.

Unfortunately, that relationship only made up about half of the book. The rest was tied up with ghosts, Vikings, and Highland legend.  All of which were side-plots I most decidedly did not like.  The Highland legends –like magical dogs and night-walking– are thrown in there like we should know what they are. There’s no set-up or explanation… as if they were as commonplace as lighting a candle or taking a nap.

The ghosts had their own sorry tale about one of Alasdair’s ancestors who cheated on his wife with a selkie and went on to be lauded as this super-great guy.  His wife wasn’t so high on him, especially in her afterlife. He thought she killed himself over his indiscretion, then actually complained that she didn’t love him enough to forbear through her heartbreak.  A real winner, that Drangar. Then, after centuries of blaming him, she forgives him out of nowhere.

Then there’s the Viking subplot. Marjory’s brother was going to marry her off to a Viking. Later, she had a portentous dream that she was going to be burned on a Viking pyre.  The foreshadowing was thick throughout the book.  But after a quick battle toward the end of the story, the whole thing was just dropped.  Very, very anticlimactic.

Even though I liked the main romance fairly well, it couldn’t save this book for me.

Rating: D+

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Seduction of a Highland Warrior
by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Forever

It’s Not Me — It’s You

Reflections from Jen

In any given year, I read somewhere between 350 and 400 books.  And every so often, I find a stand-alone that really rocks my world. But 9 times out of 10, the stories I love most are part of a series.  Over time, a series allows you to invest in characters. You learn their quirks and nuances.  You grow to love them, hate them, or lust after them… but whatever the emotion, they become yours.

I look forward to new installments in my favorite series like Star Trek fans count down the days to their conventions.  Like gadget-nerds camp out the night before an Apple product goes on sale.  Or like Harry Potter fans dress up for a movie premiere.  Hell, I reserved a vacation request months ago for the release of Lover At Last.

Unfortunately, every so often, one of my beloved series lets me down.   I’m not just talking about the random Phury book that stands out as an anomaly to an otherwise fabulous series.  I’m talking about multiple books that just make you ask yourself why the hell you just spent 10-bucks.  Books that make you decide once and for all to break up with a once beloved series.

I’ve got a few I’ve already said goodbye to, and others on a watch list.

Anita Blake.  This is kind of THE series that is almost everyone has asked at least once… what the hell happened here?  Granted, not everyone liked the series to start with and not everyone loathes it now, but no one can dispute that the Anita books of today are nothing like the first nine that came out.  It’s my understanding that LKH thinks that people who complain about the change in her books are uptight about sex or something to that effect, but… um… I really like reading about sex in books. A lot.  So if that’s not the issue, what is it?

It would be easy to say that my problem is that Anita has become a whore, but it’s not that simple.  My problem is that the books have changed on a fundamental level.  They started as urban fantasy with no sex in them at all. Anita didn’t believe in sex outside of marriage.  They then morphed into urban fantasy with a little sex, in the context of a love triangle. — I was still down with that. Anita still struggled with her values and her real feelings for two very different men.  Whether you liked Richard (my favorite) or Jean Claude, most people could see the attraction on either side of the coin.

Then came Narcissus in Chains and the books became erotica.  Granted, they are erotica with paranormal elements, but you can’t call a series “urban fantasy” when the main character has sex with 10 or more people in the book.  Orgies, BDSM, m/m, exhibitionism, you name it, Anita does it.   Or one of her harem does it.  And I kept reading for a long time, thinking “maybe it will change back.” “Maybe Hamilton will fix what she did to Richard.” “Maybe…” Hell, I don’t know.  But then, Anita adopted a 17 year-old into her sex family. And there was a line in the book about how they’d have sex and he’d want to cuddle before doing his homework or something, and suddenly, I was done.  I haven’t looked back.

Kitty Norville.  I really, really enjoyed the early books in this series.  If you’re unfamiliar with the series, Kitty is a werewolf DJ, trying to find her way in the supernatural world.  For a time, every single book in the series wow’ed me. Carrie Vaughn gave me an unqualified oh-shit moment in every book. She killed people. She kidnapped people. She shocked me and excited me.  But what she also did was string me along with a love interest that never came to be.

From book one, we’re introduced to Cormac, a werewolf killer who has a simmering mutual attraction with Kitty.  The author teases us with it for book after book.  Even after Kitty gets into a serious relationship with another man, we’re reminded of what almost-was with Cormac. He’s still around. There is still longing.  I’ve started wishing the other guy dead, even though I like him. Finally, after book nine, I realized, it’s never gonna happen.  I feel seriously dicked around.  I’m done.

Chicagoland Vampires.  How I freaking loved this series in the beginning.  It was smart and funny and full of great action. I loved Merit and her friendship with Mallory. I loved her reluctance to be a vamp, how she finally came to love and defend Cadogen House.  And, of course, Ethan.  There was such a great push and pull with Ethan. The highs were so high and then the lows….  (**spoilers ahead**) When Ethan died, I was heartbroken. I cried and cried.  Then Ethan came back to life.. And while there was some WTF-ery there, I thought, “Finally! They will be together.”  Only, the excuses continued.  They got more and more flimsy. Until I got to a point where I just didn’t care anymore.  The new one came by mail and I gave it to my girlfriend to read for me.  She’ll be guest reviewing it for the blog.

On the cusp:

Dark Hunter.  The early books in this series rocked my world. Sherrilyn Kenyon does tortured heroes like nobody’s business.  Even when the catch phrases started to get a little predictable.. Even when all the heroines looked at their downtrodden heroes “like they mattered,” I still swooned.  Probably all the way through Acheron’s book.  (And Lord knows, that book put me through the wringer!)  Then, Kenyon started to go in a new direction. She introduced Thorn and the Hellchasers… she got into Jaden and Azura and Noir.  And I’ll admit, I had a hard time following along. But I figured that was the next phase of the story… Then she started pulling in Native American mythology and sprinkling in some of the old characters and the Dream Hunters… with a pinch of the Hellchasers. And frankly, I’m not sure what the hell is going on anymore.

I liked Seth’s book. It was kind of a throwback to the familiar favorites.  Plus, Styxx is coming, and it’s taking us back into the Acheron world.  I will not miss that, folks.  But where will she go after that?  I’m a little concerned.  The series seems to have lost focus.  One more pantheon comes in, and I think I am out.

Carpathian/ Dark series.  Yes, I still read these. Don’t judge me!! They are my guilty pleasure.  Though lately, the pleasure part is fading.  I love the over-the-top love scenes and super-alpha-alpha males.  I love all the interconnectedness of the Carpathians and the reunion books was fantabulous.  (Yes, spellcheck, that IS a word.)  But I started pulling away when we got into the de la Cruz men, none of whom I liked.  Once we got to Zacharias, though, it went to a bad place.  He was such a dick. He abused his heroine. It was too much.  And we’ve traveled so far away from the characters I love that I feel disconnected.  Feehan needs to get us back to the Carpathian mountains.  She needs to give us that Skylar and Dimitri story.  Or maybe I need to quit reading.

So what about you guys? What series have you broken up with? What killed them for you?

Still in love with some of the series above?  What makes you keep reading?

Share your thoughts, then visit Rachel at Parajunkee and Jennifer at the Book Nympho to see their picks!

Review: Renhala

Reviewed by Shelly
 

I wasn’t sure about this story. I was skeptical because it seemed a bit long and the author is very new to me, but it turns out I shouldn’t have been. This is a very interesting story about a parallel world that only a few, on both sides, know about.

There were a lot of things that I liked about this story and a few that I didn’t, but those were minor. Kailey is a young, funny, lovable woman who recently suffered an appalling physical assault. Still in a depressed phase (because really folks that’s not easy to come back from), she decides to go out for dinner with her best friend Amber. This is the beginning of her new rollercoaster life. After meeting the massively persuasive Gunthreon in the backroom (don’t even ask what she was doing back there), Kailey finds out that there is another place called Renhala where traveling to can be done by a single word. Along with her dog Kioto, Kailey is swept up into the fight of her life – saving Renhala and its people.

What I really liked about this story was getting to know Kailey and the people she met along the way. The character development was done really well and other world building (lots of imagery) was absolutely wonderful. Relatively early it’s revealed to Kailey that she’s not human and is in fact one of the people of Renhala. She takes this news pretty well and just keeps on trucking. As a karmelean, with slowly developing powers, she soon comes into her own. I thought there was a plausible back story of Renhala’s existence and how they’ve maintained their invisibility from the human world; even more important to me was that the story line was really well plotted out.

Kailey’s mom was one of my favorite characters, talk about a fighter! There are many other characters… Like Russell, Gunthreon’s grandson who had a thing going on with Amber. (Speaking of Amber, I don’t know what best friend school she came from but I would have thrown her back a long long long time ago.) There’s Bu, a chocolate tasting, rotten egg smelling, lovable greble… and Greer, the blue eyed cantankerous dragon.  Then Philip, the sometimes seven year old neighbor boy who can transform into Ladimer the healer – with his looking like a blond Norse god hottie – le sigh.

What I didn’t enjoy so much was the slow pacing of the story. This is told in first person and while I think that Lutchen did a wonderful job, there is only so much inner monologue that I can take for this length of a story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a something a little different but good. Oh yeah, by the way, xnay on the horizontal mambo.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B-

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Renhala
by Amy Joy Lutchen
Release Date: September 27, 2012

Review: For the Love of a Goblin Warrior

Reviewed by Jen

Meryn has spent thousands of years trapped in the Shadowlands as a goblin.  He witnessed the death of his wife and children. Now he has been thrust back into the human realm with no warning.  The only languages he knows are long dead.  The world around him is nothing like he once knew. Nothing makes sense.

Nadine is a nurse at the hospital where police take the half-crazed sword-wielding Meryn when he is found on the street.  Though he can’t understand the words she is saying, Meryn can hear the kindness and sincerity in Nadine’s words and she calms him.  Nadine sees beyond the dirty and wounded exterior to the proud and good man beneath.  So much so, her impression of him remains even after he flees the hospital to live on the streets.

Nadine and Meryn cross paths again a week or so later at a local park, but by then, he has miraculously conveniently picked up the English language.  The two strike up a friendship.  Even more, there is an underlying spark they both feel.  Meryn agrees to let his cousin help him build a new life for himself, to pave the way for a real chance with Nadine.  But all the while, he constantly worries about the fact he can’t tell her the truth about himself.

Nadine is working to overcome a difficult childhood.  Her father went to jail for killing her mother who was coincidentally obsessed with a goblin fairy tale. But her feelings for Meryn are changing her life.  Meryn, meanwhile, undergoes an even bigger transformation.  He works through a lot of emotional turmoil as he adjusts to modern day life.  (Some good angst there.)  For the most part, I liked the dynamic of their romance.

But there were a fair share of problems.  Too many things were too easy or, ahem, convenient.  From the ease of Meryn’s transformation to a 21st century man after thousands of years as a goblin… to his incidental meeting with Nadine’s father… to his history with her mother.  And even if you can ignore all that, when we got to the big reveal of his goblin history, she accepted it as if it were an everyday occurrence.   She was more fixated on a stolen necklace than the fact that he was a mythological creature.  That –and the fact that he lied about it.  (*SMH*) Really? I know some people take issue when reviewers complain about realism in PNR… but who the heck would react that way?? It didn’t ring true.

It wasn’t a bad story. It just had too many coincidences and the goblin reveal was a major fail.

Rating: C+

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For the Love of a Goblin Warrior
by Shona Husk
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks