Semi-Obsessed is part of the super fun Harper Hall Investigations series. It can be read a standalone, but it works better if you read the whole series, starting with Semi-Charmed. If you want to live dangerously, you can go ahead and 1-click this one; you’ll still like it. But you won’t get as much enjoyment out of the quirky characters and the way they interact with each other as a follower of the series would. (And frankly, why would anyone NOT want to read the whole series? We NEED more light, funny paranormal romance in our lives, and finding a new series is like unearthing the literary Holy Grail!)
On a side note, I was browsing through Isabel's website recently and came across this downloadable poster featuring a cover model from Semi-Sane, book 5 in the Harper Hall Investigations series. If anyone is interested in sizzling hot, super yummy guys with killer abs (and seriously, who isn't) I highly recommend checking it out. I may or may not have it hanging in my office right now.
This is a nice, light, quick read—a novella, technically. I LOVE novellas. And this one manages to include just enough character development—and a good HFN ending—to be satisfying to pretty much all romance readers.
Haters of instalove will be happy to learn there are no big, unrealistic love declarations in this one. The romance moves along quickly, but without any face-palming, hey-wait-that’s-not-how-love-works moments. There’s enough here to let you know Quinn and Marina are going to be a great couple, but not so much that you’re left scratching your head and thinking that no one in real life develops feelings for anyone that fast. In PNR, the romance doesn’t get any more realistic than that, folks.
The sexy times are well-balanced with lots of action, and as usual, the dialogue is snappy and fun. (If you’re not a fan of snark, you’ll want to look elsewhere. But if, like me, you LOVE snark, you’ll want to 1-click immediately.)
And if that doesn’t do it for you, the hero, Quinn, is Irish.
(PS: Irish heroes are a great weakness of mine. I blame Colin Farrell. But I digress…)
So, long-story-short, I guess my only complaint is that the book isn’t longer and that there aren’t 12 more books planned in the series. (Although the authors hints at her next project at the end of Semi-Obsessed, and it looks fun, to say the least. Can’t wait!) Get to 1-clicking, folks. You won’t regret it!
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
It’s stigma free. No rehab needed!
Other reading suggestions
Check out this series from the beginning: Semi-Charmed.