by Tammy Falkner
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Source: sent by publisher
My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
Claire Thorne is a faerie on a mission. When the governing body of her world puts a prohibition on magic, she escapes to the human world and straight into the arms of Lord Phineas Tremble. When he insists on being her crime-solving partner, she does everything she can to get rid of him—until she realizes his gift for smooth talking might come in handy when tracking down a killer. Before long, Finn has his hands full keeping Claire out of trouble, because the two of them together create more sparks than her faerie dust ever could...
I really wanted to like this book, but sadly it wasn't the story for me. I LOVE the most recent books from writing team, Lydia Dare, and I was so excited to try a book from one of the members of that writing team. Unfortunately, this book had none of the magic of Dare's books.
I didn't read the first book in the series, "A Lady and Her Magic", and I didn't feel like there was a proper introduction to the action at the beginning of the book. I felt bewildered and lost since I didn't read the previous book. There wasn't any explanation of what was going on, the reader is just plopped down in the middle of the action. In fact, I really got off on the wrong foot because I was picturing Finn as a creepy kidnapper instead of romantic hero and I never quite got over that initial image of him.
Everything just happened way too fast for me. There was very little character or story development. I honestly couldn't believe how fast these two jumped into bed together. They had barely met, and in terrible circumstances where they didn't even like each other (at least that's how it happened in this book, maybe they had more of a backstory in the first book). The story just seemed disjointed and a lot of the development was missing.
Main Characters: 3/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5
Bottom Line: While I still love Lydia Dare's books, this solo effort wasn't polished enough for me.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.