I liked Hannah’s relationship with Bennet, as well. I enjoyed that even though their kind (werewolves and vampires) didn’t typically live in harmony together, they didn’t let preconceived notions and old teachings derail their budding relationship. There wasn’t any angsty oh-I-love-you-but-can’t-have-you-because-of-what-you-are nonsense. (I HATE that kind of nonsense)
And I’ve made it clear in my reviews that plot twists rarely fool me. I knew Darth Vader was Luke’s father WAY before Luke did. I knew Bruce Willis’s character in The Sixth Sense was dead well before the end of the film. But what happened at the end of this book? I was surprised. I totally hadn’t seen THAT one coming. (And yes, I’m intentionally being vague. This is a spoiler free zone!)
If I was to complain (which, let’s face it, I always do), I’d say that I felt like Hannah’s best friend, Ashley, was a little too quirky and over-the-top to be realistic. And I know that “realistic” is kind of a joke in paranormal romances, but I felt like Ashley was dangerously close to venturing into caricature territory. It was a minor thing that didn’t hurt my overall enjoyment of the story, but it irked me just a tiny little bit.
But, all in all, this was a great series starter that all fans of paranormal romance should treat themselves to. I’d recommend it to fans of Team Jacob and Team Edward alike. (Not that I’m really on either team. I kind of hated both of them. But I digress...)
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
Crushes it! This one is clean and sober. No rehab needed!
Other reading suggestions
For reads from other talented indie authors, try LE Wilson for darker paranormal stories, and Isabel Jordan for lighter, funnier reads.