This Week, I Read… (2017 #1)

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#1 – Fantasy Lover, by Sherrilyn Kenyon

This book came recommended to me by Jenny Trout, one of my favorite erotic-romance authors. Whenever someone on social media asks her for recs, she tosses out Asking for It (which I read last year) and this book.

If the premise of an ancient Spartan demigod summoned from the pages of a magical book isn’t going to put you off, this was a charming, fluffy romantic read.

Since I’ve mostly been reading romances published in the last five years or so, this one (first published 2002) definitely shows its age in comparison. It’s not as tropey and problematic as the rape-mances that came before it, but Fantasy Lover still feels . . . a little unsophisticated. Mostly because of the constant, incessant head-hopping.

Modern romances tend to be written either in first person or third person limited, whether they’re single- or double-POV. This was in third person omniscient, jumping between the thoughts and feelings of our romantic pair, Grace and Julian, as well as Grace’s friend Selena on occasion. There were many times I got lost in the switch from paragraph to paragraph and had to reread a section to get up to speed, and that’s never pleasant. And sometimes it would happen several times on a single page, jumping from Julian to Grace and back again.

Frustrating, but overall I still enjoyed it, and I’ll probably pick up the next book in the series at some point in the future, post-reading challenges.

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#2 – Beyond Possession, by Kit Rocha

Yes, there’s only one name, but Kit Rocha is a pseudonym for a writing team of two women.

Something about Tatiana and Zan just didn’t click for me. Something about the novellas in general, I guess, doesn’t click for me as well as the novels in this series do–either they seem rushed because they’re trying to cram too much into a smaller space, or they seem thin and flat because there isn’t enough meat on the story’s bones to make it seem worth telling, and that’s what happened for me here.

A glimpse into the supply-side economics of Sector Four was welcome, seeing as how the O’Kane compound seems like a black hole of consumption where the only things they produce are liquor, sex, and violence, but it’s a small thing. And the love story definitely lacks depth, even compared to the other two novellas.

The steamy scenes were still plenty steamy, because this series never disappoints with that (or at least it certainly hasn’t so far) but that’s basically all the best parts, which is disappointing.

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