I think that Wild Atonement is maybe my favorite Liza Street novella to date. I thought Hayley, with her tomboy ways and sassy mouth (her habit of creative name-calling is hilarious) were very endearing. But beyond that, Hayley was the very opposite of a damsel in distress, which I find sooooooo refreshing. Hayley didn’t need Marcus or any of her brothers to save her. She took care of herself, even when the confrontation with “the bad guy” became physical. Girl power!!
Marcus was a pretty great hero, too. He accepted and loved Hayley for the beautiful, confusing mess she was and never even hinted at wanting to change her in any way. These two didn’t have to compromise who they were in order to find their HEAs; they meshed perfectly.
As for Wild Reunion, I maybe didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I loved Wild Atonement, but it was a good, solid PNR read that fans of the category would still probably love. I thought Ellie was charming as the piano-teaching, hypochondriac heroine. Will was a decent hero, too, if a little generic for my liking. (He’s your typical brooding, martyr type. There wasn’t anything wrong with him. He’s just a character I’ve seen one too many times, especially in PNR)
My only real complaints with these novellas remains consistent: they should be full-length novels. The characters and worlds that Liza Street builds are definitely rich enough to support full-length novels—and more page count would most likely make me adore characters that I otherwise just really like. (A subtle distinction, but an important one, in my opinion.)
But, all that said, I think fans of PNR who don’t mind the fated mate trope (you know who you are), should give this series a try. You won’t be disappointed. It makes for sexy, fun, easy reading. And what could be better than that?
Disclaimer: We received an ARC of Wild Atonement from the author at no charge.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
I think it’s hard for any novella to “crush” the romance stigma, because they generally don’t allow for really complex character development, but these books are well-written enough to avoid contributing to it in any way.
Other reading suggestions
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