Whilst unpacking boxes following the grand move, I realised just how many un-read paperbacks I own, so I decided to read one!
Hence, this review is for a traditionally published book by an author I already know I enjoy.
Just before plunging into the fray, to make you even more jealous (as if you weren’t already) of my new home, I thought I’d share a video of the drive down off our hill into the village below…
And the view going back up
The gorse is in exceptionally fine bloom this year: gorgeous, isn’t it?
So, back to my review:
Blurb: Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants…
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy – one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.
Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. but with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her….
Eugenie has an edgy job, banishing paranormal creatures either to the Otherworld, home of the fey, or all the way to the Underworld. When a client begs her to physically go to the Otherworld to retrieve his kidnapped sister, she should have known better than to agree, but empathy for the plight of a teenage girl, probably living as a sex slave, gets the better of her common sense. And that’s when things hot up, both in the danger stakes and in the bedroom.
It’s been a while since I read any UF and I’d forgotten how integral sex is to the genre! Here, it really is an essential ingredient, and not there just for titillation. Turns out Eugenie isn’t quite who she thought she was, and there’s a prophesy about her first-born son that makes every Otherworld creature keen to be the father – whether she agrees or not.
This is a rollicking fun read, fast paced and with vibrant characters who bounce off the page. Eugenie has that sassy, smart attitude of the great UF protagonist who has you laughing out loud with some of her quips even while being left breathless by the action. The men are hot, and the sex is written without the cringeworthy language you sometimes encounter. There’s plenty of magic, and Eugenie undergoes an engrossing transformation in her character and attitudes through this one book, the first of four. I am currently half way through the second (another paperback), and I’ve already bought book #3 for my Kindle, so that should tell you how much I am enjoying them. I’ve had these books sitting on my shelves for years, somehow never quite getting around to reading them until now, but I’m glad I finally got around to it.
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