I had no idea what to expect when I started listening to this book because this was the first I "read" (listened to) by HP Mallory. Boy was I not disappointed. This series really kept me interested, and I actually loved all of them so much that when I finished the last one I just started right back at the beginning! ...and then found other books she's written and bought them as well!
So if you've gotten as far as reading this review, stop stalling and just buy it already! You'll have a blast!
The problem with this book does not lie with the narrator. It isn't her fault that 70% in I decided I didn't really give a crap about what happens at the end and gave up.
I didn't feel like I was reading about faeries and vampires and other paranormal creatures at all. There was nothing actually otherworldly about any of them and it as really disappointing.
Bram is basically just a subpar version of Laurel K Hamilton's "Jean-Claude". But instead of "ma petite" he thinks it is funny to call Dolcie "sweet". It's basically the same character. He owns a club and everything.
I don't particularly like any of the other 3 male "love interests" at all. Quillin or whatever the hell his name is...I guess he's okay, but I still don't like him. The other three are pompous a-holes.
And don't get me started on Dolcie. She's a friggin' idiot. She's supposed to be law enforcement and the best but she screws up all over the place and lets everyone else convince her of what she should be doing, except when she decides not to listen to them and then ends up screwing up again.
She's supposed to be this super hot faerie according to all the men in this book but she's insecure enough that she goes around being jealous of all the other women in the book, and it actually interferes with her work. I hate main characters that hate how they look to the point where it comes up over and over and friggin' over again. Can't we get some women who are friggin' comfortable with themselves or something to follow around? She may as well be any regular human lead in a young adult paranormal romance.
Also, I'm not into S&M or anything, and I would have been fine if Dolcie was just turned off by the goings on there, but then she went and called everyone who might be interested in such a thing freaks and made it seem like it was wrong (and also ruined her undercover shit there for a second time, why didn't she just tell Knight to go there himself, she's so dumb), and that's about when I gave up on this book.
If I'm lucky, Audible will let me return it or something.
I'm a little tired of books having multiple potential love interests for the heroine. Two possible love interests is more than enough but this one has three which I think is a little overboard. Also, I hope in future books that Dulcie stops saying "holy Hades" (and variations on a theme) so much. It got to be annoying after a while.
Therese Plummer does a nice job with Dulcie's voice. The voices for the male characters aren't fantastic but they are passable.
Overall the story was enjoyable to listen too but it wasn't anything spectacular. I had been hoping to really love the story and was disappointed that I didn't. It had moments I really enjoyed but mostly I was just ambivalent about it. I already have book 2 on my kindle so I will probably give it a try and see if the series gets better. I may even buy the audiobook for it too since Therese Plummer did a nice job with it.
Addicted to happy endings!
No spoilers in this review :)
Most notable positive aspect of the book - Funny and personable characters. Their responses were relatable, even with the added magical abilities.
Descriptive & Fun!
If I had fairy dust in today's society (cruddy apartment/driving a car/ordering fast food/policing the outlaws) I think I would respond the same way the main character does. The magical powers can be used in limited ways (you cannot use it as a holy grail solution to everything) but the different powers are sufficient to keep you from carrying lighters and pepper spray, with the added benefit of being able to always see the true object/person no matter the disguise. The narrator had a wide range of emotional voices. You could see the narrator smiling and grimacing and furrowing her brows as she acted out all of the characters. Each character had their own personality due to the vocal expression, so they were not dependant on the unique man/woman/monster voice. The author was INCREDIBLY colorful in all her descriptions. I could see each detail, and still she found wonderful fun words to make the picture complete! Example: She looked crusty, bumpy, and Booger-fied (instead of just green and slimy)
There is so much unnecessary cussing in the book that I became squirmy and dispirited. The author was successfully being colorful without all the cusswords, so why did she sprinkle so many throughout? Most likely the author used the cusswords as an expression to make the main character appear unrefined and realistic. Honestly, I don't want to listen to a real co-worker or friend cuss like that, so having the main character do it was uncomfortable. Added negativity that just didn't belong in such a fun story…could have used fake expletives (Dang it! Shoot! Heck No! ) and the same objective would have been achieved.
Needless to say, I squirmed through the first hour or two, but the cussing was too much for me, so I put it down for a while. I realized that wasn't fair, so I continued to listen a few weeks later. I finished it, and will be checking to see if the cussing has been reduced in number 2. I would like to enjoy the series…but for the cussing…It is a shame, because the story was INCREDIBLE!
Great characters, a lot of fun to listen to. The narrator does a good job with the voices, keeps you in the story. Plot line will interest you to the very end. Fantastic job all around.
Say something about yourself!
This is an entertaining urban fantasy with a headstrong, hardworking police officer. Dulcie polices the Netherworld with tenacity of a pit bull. Her job throws her into dangerous situations, but she is trained for those. It is the attraction to her boss, a warlock, which throws her life in disarray.
A very light enjoyable comedy for pleasure listening.
I do like kick butt chick vampire slayers
There was an interesting sory line but could not work out if the author was trying to be funny, tounge in cheek or serious, she seems to change her mind from one chapter to the next
If you're looking for something that is extremely light to pass the time until the book you may be waiting for comes out then this is for you. It's obvious that this author is new therefore ignore continuity and writing style. If you can get past all of that then the book is rather fun. Dulcie is a regulator law enforcement office and a faerie. her main job is to monitor creatures from the netherworld and keep them in line. When a friend of hers ends up dead she gets blamed and fights her way through the lies with a hunk of a man named Knight Vander. The two together have the typical spats and loathing that is typical with any book of the genre to battle the forces of evil to come out on top.
I'm a relationship coach (QueenBeesCoaching), survived raising my children and have a loving relationship. Life is good!
I literally couldn't believe my ears at the beginning of the book. Talk about grossness! Our poor heroine, Dulcie, had been turned into a big green frog kind of thing and nasty stuff was dripping everywhere. Not what I had expected, but I was amused! Okay, and repulsed a bit too.. which was probably the idea.
Another reviewer stated that this author is new, and that would explain a lot. The story is solid and entertaining, no doubt about it, but there were a few times I thought it a bit jerky - or the 'flow' just felt a bit off. Nothing I can pinpoint exactly. This is where having a book in print might make it easier to review.
The story is enjoyable with a new spin on fairies and magical law enforcement. The way she shakes fairy dust into her palm, but has a problem when her palm is injured ... well, that was a priceless imagination at work, in my opinion.
This is a story I'd recommend, despite a few parts that had too much gore in the description of a crime scene for my taste. But I'm a wuss, so that's pretty normal. I am thinking of purchasing the next book just to see where the story goes.