Publisher: Samhain Publish Date: 11 Oct 11 How we got this book: From the Autho
1. Thoughts on the Hero
Lou – I loved Hades so much. He was sarcastic, he was immature, and he had a temper, but he was oh so funny. Alisha really made a wonderful character and hero out of him. I liked that he had a hidden soft side, but he also had a very very smexy side. The first scene when Sephie first met Hades was very erotic, and Alisha never fails to deliver on creating smexy scenes full of passion. Hades also had a big-ass responsibility to the Underworld, and whilst Alisha toned down Hades’ character, what he actually did was never swept under the carpet.
MinnChica – I loved Hades… He was funny and snarky and had this sweet side to him that made me want to give him a naked hug. =) I loved that he still wanted to retain his big, bad nasty reputation with everyone, except when it came to Persephone. With her he wanted to be just a man. It was sweet and endearing and made me fall in love with him that much more. Plus, the fact that he wanted to train her, teach her, help her grow her powers. *melt*
E – Hades was hilarious! He totally fit the image of the college frat boy who has been forcibly removed from his fellow boys and any fun environments so therefore decided to sulk. Yes he takes his job seriously but he doesn’t get to have fun so when he ends up with a lapful of a warm, wet (from her bath), naked woman that is bound to give him a shock. Hades even being the Lord of the Underworld has a line he will not cross which I think is what gives him the underlying ability to become the hero. He possesses a rather intriguing tattoo and a very funny dog. I really enjoyed watching him grow throughout the book and demonstrate that there was a lot more to him then the overly amorous frat boy he appears to be in the beginning. I also enjoyed reading his thoughts as he was trying to deal with Persephone and what her presence meant to his world.
2. Thoughts on the Heroine
Lou – Whilst I liked Sephie, I thought she was a weaker character compared to Hades in personality, and I felt she sort of paled in comparison to him. Whilst she stood up to him, and could be quite stubborn, I personally thought that she was almost like the secondary character to Hades. I would have liked to have seem more of her POV. I think the strongest part of the story was her interactions with Hades on a sexual level, which again was incredibly well done.
MinnChica – I too thought that Persephone took a back seat to Hades. He was so larger than life and came to life so quickly that she didn’t stand out as much to me. At the same time, I loved that she was both his opposite and perfect match rolled up into one. She was the light to his dark, the sweet to his tart, and she was able to bring out in him a playful side. I have to say though, I did enjoy watching her grow from the meek and feeble girl who landed in his lap, the the Queen of the Underworld.
E – Persephone is an intriguing combination of naïve, innocent and worldly. I will admit when I was first reading her physical description as seen thru Hades eyes I felt like she was extremely overblown but as Ms Rai continued to provide information about her world I picked up on what I thought was some very interesting symbolism. Then when I found out Persephone’s parentage (no not the same as the typical myth) it all made sense. I also liked how she could make things grow without requiring sunlight and that she could use her plants almost as extensions of herself. She also grew during the story and became a much more complete character not just a relatively powerless goddess who had to stay sheltered.
3. Favorite Scene
Lou – I think my favourite scene has to be the beginning of the story. It’s so funny, and Hades’ was hilarious with his quips and his banter to Sephie. Though I have to add all of the smexy scenes were favourites for me. Those are usually my least favourite, Alisha did them so well with the level of sexual tension and yes, dirty talk *grins*.
MinnChica – Oh this is a tough one. I loved the beginning as well. It started off sexy and dirty and just went downhill from there. It was fun and the teasing and innuendos were great. At the same time, I also loved the scene where Hades is talking to his brother Zeus and he talks about why he didn’t try and trick Persephone into eating the food and having to stay in the Underworld for good.
E – I think my favorite scene is when Sephie ties Zeus up with a vine, he can’t get away and she proceeds to go fight for her HEA. That to me was the culmination of all of Persephone’s growth into herself as a goddess worthy of the position she holds in mythology.
4. Dislike about book
Lou – My only dislike was that I felt Sephie wasn’t as strong a character compared to Hades. The external plot of why Sephie was sent to the Underworld wasn’t as strong as I would have liked, but for the short story length, it kept the story moving along at a good pace.
MinnChica – I would have liked a few more POV moments from Persephone as well. Like I said, we got such a good understanding of Hades, his point-of-view, his emotions and everything. I never felt that connect to her, and it would have been nice to have.
E – I don’t really have any dislikes. The one I thought I was going to have as I continued reading got smaller and smaller and then I saw how Ms Rai set things up so there went my quibble.
5. Any other misc. thoughts.
Lou – Overall, Alisha Rai has once again managed to create a cracking story with characters that burst off the page — and for me, the story was all Hades. I love him so! With smex scenes that make you fan your face, Hot as Hades is a great short story that I would definitely re-read again. I give it a B.
MinnChica – All in all I think Rai has another great novella here. The story is fun, moves quickly, and has some smokin’ hot scenes as well. Hades is such a lovable hero, and the twist on this classic myth was fun and different. I loved the moments with Zeus, and how all of the gods were portrayed. (am I the only one who is desperately hoping Rai will do a story about Zeus and Poseidon???) I give this one a B+
E – I enjoyed reading this and Ms Rai’s portrayal of Mount Olympus and the Greek gods and goddesses. I also like how she put her own spin on the story of Hades and Persephone. I think my favorite character is honestly Cerberus and his multiple personalities. I certainly hope that Ms Rai decides to tackle other myths and legends. I give Hot as Hades an A-...more
Has: I am a huge fan of Lisa Marie Rice, although I do find her books tend to be a bit formulaic, I do love her alpha heroes who never cross the line top alphaholeville. I also love the fact, that her romances are intense emotionally and they are very comfy to get sucked into. Fatal Heat lived up to that.
Lou: I don’t think I’ve read a Lisa Marie Rice novel before (my memory is terrible), but after this I know I’ll be picking up her back-list titles, and future releases. I enjoyed Fatal Heat, and it’s a quick easy read that draws you in very quickly though unfortunately whilst it started out great for me, it ended on a whimper that left me disappointed. But it’s a really addictive read, and the way in how they are introduced was super cute. Max is recuperating after a life-altering attack whilst he was on mission two years back in Afghanistan. He’s felt as if he’s been living in a deep black hole with his crippled leg, and when his ex XO lets him stay in his beach house to recuperate to try and find some semblance of peace, he meets Paige and her hyperactive and adorable dog called Max. At first, he doesn’t want to be bothered by the Cookie Lady, but after an incident in the sea where Max, the dog, brings them closer together with Max, the human, Max tells Paige he’s more than happy to look after Max whilst she’s at work as a plant geneticist. From there, their attractions grows strongly, but soon enough things are shattered when Paige is abducted and it’s up to both human and dog to find her.
MinnChica: I’m a Lisa Marie Rice virgin, but whoo-hoo did she pop my cherry in a great way! I’m a big romantic suspense fan, and I was really excited to read this book. I absolutely loved it, and enjoyed that Rice spent just as much time cultivating the romance as she did the suspense plot. I was immersed in the story from the first page and wanted to tear up when it was done!
Has: Oh you guys – you have to read her Midnight series which is one of my favourite Romantic Suspense romances. I loved the beginning of the novella. The build-up with Max and Paige was great and I loved Max the dog. I just wished that more time was spent on the suspense plot. I totally agree with Lou about the ending too. I loved the beginning, and the romance but there was too much going on. And I found the ending a bit anti-climatic and it was a bit of a departure from the original tone in the beginning. I think if the story just concentrated on the romance – It would have been a much stronger story. I just couldn’t believe that Paige would get caught up with her romance with Max and not really worry about what happened with her friend which was much later on.
Lou: I agree Has. The beginning and middle was great, and I really liked Max’s and Paige’s interactions, and they both had strong character development. Max was super grumpy at first, and in a lot of pain physically and emotionally, but Paige really brought lightness into his life, and their love scenes were quite erotic, and full of passion. I thought Paige was full of life, and I found her scenes with her dog Max were hilarious because anyone who has a dog knows how dogs will act when they want their own way. I found it really strange that she neatly forgot about her friend who seemed to be in serious trouble, just because she got caught up in smexy times with Max.
MinnChica: Max the dog was one of my favorite aspects of the story. He was great! And I do agree to a certain extend about the suspense not living up to the awesomeness that was the build up of the romance. But at the same time, I didn’t feel like the suspense plot needed to be too over the top. For what Max (the man and the dog) were capable of doing despite their injuries, I thought everything unraveled in a way that stayed true to the story and the characters. I’ll agree that I was a little surprised that Paige was not as concerned about her friend as she should have been, however it didn’t seem like she really had time to between the working and the sexy times. One of the things that I found a little cliched was the epilogue. I thought the book would have been just as wonderful without it. I didn’t need that last little bit, it just wrapped everything up TOO perfectly.
Has: I think the epilogue ended like the way that most of Lisa Marie Rice’s books end – so it didn’t really bother me and it was cute. But despite the flaws, it was a cute and fun romance although outlandish but I have to say I enjoyed this more than her last full book. I think if this was a longer book, with the suspense plot developed with more time, I think it would be a really good Romantic Suspense. But this was an engaging and quick read to while away a rainy afternoon and it helps with the wait for her next book. I give Fatal Heat a C+
Lou: I didn’t have a problem with the suspense part of the book, but the way in which it was executed made me roll my eyes a little as it really was too hard to believe. I love dogs, but that was too much like Lassie for my liking lol. I think overall it’s a really good story and despite the ending, I would definitely recommend it as a light enjoyable read. The main strong points for me are Max and Paige and their romance which was lovely. I give Fatal Heat a B.
MinnChica: Yes, the romance between Max and Paige was great, and totally believable in my opinion. I loved the beginnings of their relationship and how it progressed. All in all I enjoyed my first Lisa Marie Rice read. I thought the suspense was well done, the romance believable and the action and down times well spaced. I will definitely pick up more books by this author. I give Fatal Heat a B+...more
Publisher: Samhain Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: eARC from author
I was intrigued by this book mainly because it was wrapped up in Aztec mythology, and that isn’t something that is common in the paranormal world. I was hoping it would be fresh and new and different.
Carolina is living alone on her ranch, protecting her goddess and barely hanging on by a thread. When she is attacked by a demon one night and ends up fighting side-by-side with a shadow warrior, her life looks like it’s going down in a spiral. But Tomas knows that Carolina is his shadow mate, and he will do anything and everything to keep her safe.
Tomas fears he is loosing the battle with his wolf, and knows that having Carolina as his shadow mate will keep the wolf at bay. But she is holding something back, afraid to mate with him. When a demon seems fixated on Carolina and her land, Tomas worries he will loose her forever.
This is my first Hewitt read, and while I really enjoyed the premise of the book and the Aztec mythology, there was just something else missing for me. The Aztec mythology and gods was a neat twist, and one I enjoyed reading. Granted I could have done without the super complicated names (or at least a pronunciation guide), but the new mythology and characters were great fun to read and learn more about.
Both Tomas and Carolina were interesting characters, but there was almost something missing in each of them. They said all the right things, acted in ways that seemed reasonable for their character, but there was a depth of emotion that was missing for me. I don’t know if it was because I never really got involved with the characters or what… but for me they just didn’t resonate very strong.
I did like the side story with the god and goddess though. I might be interested to read more about them if they have a story devoted to them individually. One of the other things I liked was Hewitt’s ability to describe such amazing action scenes. These scenes were frequent and packed with descriptions that brought alive the moment for me. It really made up for the lack of character development for me.
All in all I was hoping for a bit more from this story. I loved the Aztec mythology, the side story of the god and goddess and overall action. However, the lack of character development and emotion from the hero and heroine, as well as the lack of any believable romance between them left me wanting.
I’ve been a fan of Burkhart since I picked up Dear Sir, I’m Yours last year. Burkhart has a great way of combining just the perfect amount of BDSM kink in with her romance. When I saw the blurb for Golden, I was a little hesitant about the historical aspect, but was pleasantly surprised that I liked this one better than other historical erotica.
Jin is the first wife of the Emperor’s oldest son, but she wants nothing to do with the son. She wants the Emperor himself, as she was raised to be the one to meet his more nefarious needs. But life in the palace is rough as a consort to the Emperor, and although Jin has been trained in more than just the art of pain, she will have to use everything she learned just to survive.
At first, this book had a very fantasy like feel to it. I have never been a big fan of non-regency historical books, I don’t know why, but they never seem to hold my attention for long. But Burkhart opened my eyes to a new era of history that I think I could really enjoy reading more about. The writing is all done from the first person POV of Jin, and although she is young, I liked the one sided perspective.
This book is fairly short (only about 70 pages), but packs quite a punch. I was a little put off at first of the thought of Jin and her father-in-law’s relationship. But it was obvious early on that neither Jin nor the Emperor felt like they had a father-daughter type relationship. I was quickly able to get over that once it became perfectly clear that the Emperor had as strong of feelings for Jin as she did for him.
The sexy moments were – in true Burkhart fashion – very sexy and firmly set in the BDSM world. Both Jin and the Emperor are into pain, and like Burkhart’s Hurt Me So Good, the pain is depicted in a way that is neither graphic or off-putting. While I wasn’t expecting any kind of tenderness from the Emperor, I was happy to see that he didn’t shy away from being tender.
I was also intrigued by the backstabbing and side plots in the book with the Empress and son. The assassination plots and attempts, Jin’s need to stay one-step ahead of everyone and the secrets were another aspect of the historical time frame I found really interesting. Ms. Burkhart if you read this, please write more stories like this! Loved that, very unique and something I’ve never read before!
However, despite all the great things about this novella, there were a few things that didn’t sit well with me. Namely the way the Emperor had Jin watch the way he interacted with the Empress. It was uncomfortable for me to read, and although I got the message, I could have done without the whole scene. *shudder* Also, the way that Jin’s husband handled finding out about them seemed a little ridiculous, especially after watching a scene play out between Jin and his father. I refuse to believe he was THAT stupid…
All in all I like Burkhart’s newest novella. Golden was a sexy short novella featuring a different historical period than we normally see, and different aspects of BDSM that are not always readily explored.
Publisher: Samhain Publish Date: November 29th How we got this book: eARC from Author
E: I am sure that those who study fiction writing over the ages have theories about what social events and economic standings tend to trigger changes in what types of themes rise and fall. I have a few guesses but I will leave those to the scholars. Being a reader for entertainment’s sake what I notice instead is that as themes rise it becomes more difficult to find a new variation or a different world or a taste of originality. I am pleased to say that the introduction novella DEMON BAIT to Moira Rogers’ Children of the Undying series provided me with all of that. Yes some parts were familiar as in the world as we know it has been destroyed, people are living in small mostly isolated areas protected against the outside and those that are different. However some of the answers to the following questions are what caused DEMON BAIT to stand out: What caused the devastation? What are the differences? What secrets do people hide? What will they do to survive?
MinnChica: I am such a huge fan of post-apocalyptic worlds, and when Moira Rogers announced they were starting a new series with a post-apocalyptic world and magic it was a triple score for me. One of my favorite authors, writing in a setting that integrates two of my favorite sub-genres: post-apocalyptic worlds and magic. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but I have to say I was so happy with where Rogers took this book. There was an integration of technology I’ve never seen before, and the book is full of sexy moments and the always fabulous romance I’ve come to expect with these two. I absolutely loved this short story, and can tell this series is going to be incredible!
E: Like you I really enjoyed the blend of world destruction and magic. I have read other series that use a similar blend but it was great seeing this different take. I think my favorite piece of futuristic technology they included was the ability to use glasses to basically plug into the network. I do wonder what this network is made of given the amount of devastation that exists. I also got the feeling that their network was more important to the continuation of society than anyone wanted to admit. I can see all sorts of issues with that if someone ever hacked in with the intent to harm.
MinnChica: I loved the whole network thing. I’m still not one hundred percent sure how it all works, but the concept of it totally kicks ass!! I think that Rogers will probably expand more and more on the network, what it’s capabilities are and all that other stuff as the series goes on. Being that I know both Donna and especially Bree are very computer savvy, I think the possibilities for expanding on this aspect of the world are just exponential. One of the things I also really like is the concept of demons and half-demons and what is good and evil and all that. There are few demon stories that I feel are done well, and this is one series I think will do a fabulous job with that paranormal element.
E: Yes, I enjoyed that concept as well. Like always they have very complete characterization which makes it easy to sink into their world and wonder what is going to happen next as you travel along with them. As I read I had started with a very definite view of good and evil in terms of the good guys and the bad guys but I was reminded that really it is all shades of grey. Not everyone living in a “city” was good and not everyone living outside the “city” was bad. Different areas had different types of rules but they all maintained some sense of society and having to do what was best for most. It is hard to find a portrayal of the ambiguity of good versus evil that doesn’t make me feel like I should feel guilty for rooting for the wrong side so being able to just enjoy the discovery throughout the novella was a real treat. I am really looking forward to learning more about some of the people we were briefly introduced to and how they fit with the rules.
MinnChica: Oh yes, I loved that the more we learned about the world, the more we saw the ins-and-outs of right and wrong, good and evil. Having had a sneak peak at book one – Hammer Down – I can tell you that Rogers dives even deeper into that in future books. LOVE IT! Another thing we have to mention is just how steamy this one was (like all their books really). I loved the whole scene where Marcie and Gabe were in the bunker. The sexy times were super hot, but they also developed so much of their romance during that time as well. Awesome!
E: No we can’t forget about the sexy times! As good as those were I think the most satisfying moment for me was the groveling. Gabe made an error in judgement and he paid for it. He accepted what he had done wrong, made amends, and totally kept his word to Marcie even though he knew he could lose her forever. I haven’t peeked at Hammer Down yet but I am certainly looking forward to it . One thing that hopefully will be included is something about the different punishments besides death that are used to enforce the rules. I know Gabe was punished for disregarding some of the rules but what happened was only hinted. That is the only area that I felt suffered from the shorter word count. Thanks to their deft world-building, complex characterization, and all around engrossing story I have Demon Bait an A-
MinnChica: How could I forget the groveling?! *melt* All in all I LOVED Demon Bait. I thought it was so well done from the romance to the world-building to the overall unique feel of the story. I think that Rogers has another winning series on their hands with this one, and I can’t wait for the series to continue and the world to keep building. I give Demon Bait an A
I got a super early sneak peak at this one, and let me tell you it is awesomesauce wrapped in kick-ass slathered in HAWT!
Rogers blends a unique post-apocalyptic 'matrix' style world with their paranormal prowess to create one of the most intriguing worlds I've ever read.
While the story is only a novella, it packs a huge punch from the first page. Gabe and Marci are smokin' and sizzling left and right, both together and separately.
This is one Moira Rogers read you WON'T want to miss!!...more
Publisher: Grand Central Publish Date: Out Now How I got this book: NetGalley
This was my first Davis read, and although it was a short story, it totally pulled me in and had me wishing for so much more. I am definitely going to go out and pick up more of her work!
Lara was looking to escape for awhile, and ended up in Africa working at a small clinic as one of only a few doctors. She is running from her past and the love she lost. One night after one too many shots, the sexy Rafe starts looking more and more like a man she could start a life with. After one smoking hot night together tough, all Lara’s memories re-surface and she worries she may have moved too fast.
Rafe wants nothing more than to make Lara’s his, for good. But when rebel forces kidnap and take Lara, he fears the worst. Together they must trek through the jungle, avoid detection and try to find a way out of danger – all while fighting the intense attraction that keeps pulling them together.
This was a short but very fast paced novella. We are immediately thrown into the crazy life that Lara and Rafe live in Africa, including the never ending problems with sub-par health care. I always love mercenary and military romance books set in third world countries that bring about awareness to problems that arise around the world. I think it’s just another wonderful platform for people to become more knowledgeable of the world at large.
The suspense was really well done in this novella. I loved the sneaking through the jungle and trying to avoid the rebel forces aspect of it. I really do wish this could have been longer, because I think Davis could have really gone into so much more (like survival tactics, jungle wildlife, etc.). But with the short amount of page space, I thought the story had a perfect balance of suspense and romance.
At times the romance did feel a little rushed, again one of the downfalls of only having a certain number of pages. Lara and Rafe went from being co-workers to lovers to being in love in just about 48 very short hours. While I agree that adrenaline fueled situations can cause strong emotions between two people, I thought that their declarations of love at the end were a little too much too soon. Especially for Lara, who struggled with letting go of her previous love. But, the two were really well suited together and I loved them together.
All in all I really enjoyed this novella. It was a great introduction into Davis’ writing style and I have to say, I am definitely going to go and check out the other books in her A-Tac Series. The romance was hot and passionate, the suspense was intense and believable, and the overall story was beautiful.
Publisher: Zebra Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: eARC form author
Kellison is back with a short novella from her Shadow series. This story was jam packed with both action and romance, and a horribly embarrassing predicament for the heroine.
Ellie has lived her whole life in seclusion. She never got out and about, never left her home, never had the chance to interact with others. Why? Because her shadow was completely detached from her and embodied the dark impulses that Ellie had no chance of controlling. Unfortunately for Ellie, her shadow was always buck naked, always acting on whims and usually a little crazy. When she can’t take it anymore, Ellie does her research and finds someone who she thinks will be able to help her: a doctor at Segue.
Cam has been working his whole life for the chance to study the Shadow. When he gets a call from a woman who has read all his previous research he agrees to meet with her. Little does he know that she is actually split in two, her shadow occupying half of her soul and spirit. Cam isn’t sure that he can help her, but the more time they spend together, the more he realizes that he desperately WANTS to be able to help fix her problems, and keep her around for the long haul.
I have to say I was totally surprised by the premise of this story. I felt so sorry and embarrassed on Ellie’s behalf. At the same time, I was also somewhat blown away by the idea. I really liked Ellie’s character. She was so strong to have lived her entire life different from everyone, secluded away because of her shadow, and yet sadly resigned to live a life alone and depressed. It’s rare that a short novella can have a huge impact on me, but there were times when Ellie was talking about her struggles that brought tears to my eyes.
Cam was definitely not the typical kind of romance hero that I enjoy reading about. He’s a super nerd. He didn’t have many of the Alpha Hero qualities that usually make me swoon. That being said, I was impressed that Cam was so willing to go to bat for Ellie; especially after knowing her for just one short day, and especially since he was going to bat for her against a powerful force. Cam was genuine and caring and that really endeared him to me.
The novella takes place just over two short days, so the romance was pretty rushed. I was glad that there were no declarations of love between Cam and Ellie. Instead the two hinted at wanting to try and make it work. For me, that made their relationship more believable.
All in all, Kellison knocked this one out of the ballpark with a short, action packed, sexy novella that will have her Shadow fans begging for more. I give Shadow Touch a B+
Publisher: Samhain Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: eARC from author
Arend is one of my favorite authors, but with the trend of menage books popping up all over, there are a few of her works that don’t always sit well with me. I was excited to read this one, then halfway through I got a little leery, but I should have known that Arend wouldn’t disappoint
Melanie was once a fearless rock climber, but an accident left her scarred and petrified to attempting climbing again. But she wants to face her fears and goes to the local rock climbing center to try and face her fears once again. At the hands of Derrick she starts to come more and more out of her shell, more willing to push further and further along.
As the two get closer and closer to each other and Melanie gets closer to overcoming her fears, things are suddenly disrupted as someone from Melanie’s past comes back into her life. But, Nathan might just be able to provide the little nudge that Melanie needs to not only overcome the mountains, but also learn to accept the scars that have taken her self esteem.
From the moment Derrick stepped out onto the page, I was in love. He was strong willed, handsome, and the kind of guy who wanted to stand behind Melanie; he was supportive and loving in everything he did for her. He was the perfect kind of sexy romance hero. I absolutely loved the two of them together. They had instant chemistry, both emotionally and physically.
When Arend introduced Nathan to the story, I instantly didn’t like him. He wanted his chance with Melanie, and while he was willing to take a step back because of her involvement with Derrick, I wasn’t too sure I would like the dynamic with their little mountain experiment. But, I have to admit that I didn’t hate him forever. I did appreciate the way that he was able to help Melanie get over her insecurities with being scarred from her accident. That and the fact that he was so willing to play second fiddle to Derrick made him redeemable in my eyes. This wasn’t the typical menage interlude, and for that I was so happy!
One of the other things I really liked was the different sport that Arend introduces in her Xtreme Adventures series. The rock climbing moments were intense and exciting. If I wasn’t so afraid of heights and falling, I would be tempted to try it out! Plus, if I got a sexy instructor like Derrick who was willing to do some of the same sexy things to me… *fans self* Well, I might be willing to take a chance!
All in all, I was really happy with the second installment of the Xtreme Adventures Series. The romance between Derrick and Melanie was sweet and the characters had me falling in love with them. The sexy times were (as always for Arend) totally hot. For any sports or adventure lovers, this book is a must read.
Publisher: Avon Impulse Publish Date: Out Now! How I got this book: NetGalley
Katya came to America for two reasons: because they don’t care about witches, and so she can make a better life for herself. But things don’t always stay the same. Katya arrives and finds herself immersed into a human trafficking ring, forced into prostitution. Her plan to get herself and the girls out leads her to the police station, and directly to Nigel Ferris.
Nigel is working on taking down the ring leader in the trafficking ring, and with Katya’s help, now has an inside witness. But, before he has the chance to move forward with his investigation, the world as they know if comes to an end. The entire western part of the United States falls victim to horrific earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and apocalyptic events.
Through the catastrophe, the two form an unbreakable bond, one that just might allow them to continue on when all other hope is lost.
I really enjoyed Cooper’s debut novella, and introduction to her new Dark Mission Series. I loved the world building that was introduced, and can’t wait to find out more about witches, and the role they will play in the future of the series. I also really enjoyed how we got a little bit of a glimpse into the events that the series is really based on.
Katya and Nigel were fun to read. While the majority of the novella took place during the actual Seattle apocalyptic events, we still got a chance to get invested in the characters. I loved that Nigel was so strong and dedicated to his job as a cop, to protecting Katya at all costs. Katya was also incredible; living through a horrendous situation and still doing everything she can to protect and care for those around her. I was a little sad for her, especially since she really lost so much in such a short period of time.
The romance was extremely fast paced and intense. While the novella didn’t really allow for a detailed love story, I did still feel the connection between the two. If you are looking for a real romantic novella, this might not be the best story for you to read. However, if the Dark Mission Series is something that appeals to you, I think this backstory will go along nicely with the series as a whole, especially with the background information and worldbuilding.
Again, I am anxious to read future books by Cooper, and think that this debut author has great potential.