To say that I was excited for Walking on Knives would be an understatement. I mean, F/F retelling of The Little Mermaid where she winds up with the seawitch’s sister?! Yes, please! Unfortunately, this short story did not work for me at all. As we already know, our unnamed little mermaid is in love with the unnamed prince and wants to be human to be with him and earn a soul. The seawitch grants her legs but every step is agony and she takes her voice as payment. But in this version, the witch’s sister helps the little mermaid by making her magic shoes. And apparently they fall in love and live happily ever after.
Tag: paranormal romance
Steampunk is very hit or miss for me, and I’m sad to say that The Iron Duke was another miss. Mina Wenworth is a detective inspector who is called away from a ball for a case. A man was dropped by Rhys Trahaearn’s front door and no one knows who he is or why he’s dead or why he was delivered to the duke. Mina quickly figures out the man’s identity and where it came from, only to also discover that he was on the same airship as her younger brother. Of course, that drives her to solve the case and right into Rhys’s arms.
I am of mixed thoughts on Frozen. I was quite excited to start it because stranded together is one of my favorite Romance tropes. But then once it’s revealed what Erik’s curse was, I was ready to throw it across the room, because it’s like Romance authors can’t think of any other kind of curse for a Paranormal Romance. Then again, Olivia starts thinking logically about Erik’s curse, what it means, and is generally just not willing it to take it. I was like…woah. The plot still went in the predictable route, but I felt better about it because the author actually examines it and doesn’t just let it be accepted.
Shatterproof was very dark, but also very sweet. Grey is an artist who has been struggling with depression and has decided to end his life. However, his attempt goes wrong and he’s rushed to the hospital. When Grey opens his eyes, the first face he sees is Saint, the EMT on duty. Saint is a fae who needs to take the lives of those he loves in order to stay alive, and he sees an opportunity in Grey. He’ll help him die, so that he can live himself, without the guilt. Of course, it doesn’t work out that way.
I am so glad that this series is back in action! Shattered Pack picks up not long after the events of Alpha Unleashed, but this time we’re following Meredith. She’s no longer under a magical curse, but she is stuck at home after her face was all over the news. Of course, this means she has to sneak away somehow. She meets up with Cosette who seems to know something that she doesn’t about the Irish werewolves and it’s not good. Then she and Donovan have to head out to Ireland after his second is murdered.
RoseBlood was not what I was expecting at all. Both in good and bad ways. Rune is being sent to a music conservatory after she puts a boy in a coma. Yeah, that sounds weird and it is. But Rune has this gift which might also be a curse. She’s overcome by music and has to belt it out no matter what, and sometimes she hurts those around her when she does it. Obviously, Rune hates this and wants nothing to do with opera music. Until she meets Thorn, the opera ghost, who helps her overcome her “musical sickness” and uncovers some deep family secrets.
I have no idea why I’m so drawn to Paranormal circus stories, but I am, and I knew I had to read Freeks. I’m really glad I did, because it was so fun! Yes, the plot is predictable and there’s insta-love, but I was hooked from the very beginning and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mara is part of a traveling carnival, where the employees mostly all have supernatural abilities (not that the audience knows). Unfortunately, they’re going broke and if their upcoming stint in Caudry isn’t successful, they’ll have nothing. Well, Caudry isn’t at all the sleepy small town that it appears to be, and getting out alive is more important than getting paid.