All Pandemina Dorothy Avery ever wanted was to be beautifully, blessedly normal, with a stable career and a love life leading to a white picket fence and a happily-ever-after. That seems impossible now. Penniless and parted from her unfaithful boyfriend, unfairly shunned by her coworkers, not even Mina's recent inheritance can help -- especially not when it amounts to a ten-pound rock box and guardianship of the horny, devious puca she released from inside. His name's Riordan, and he ain't no Harvey.
What's a puca, you ask? A tricky faery-type, whose magic not only includes shape-shifting into a magnificent black stallion and a snarky mutt, but the ability to manipulate human perceptions. And Riordan is hardly shy of manipulations: Wasn't that why he was imprisoned in the first place? He seems set upon making Mina's life harder than ever, whether it be with Jonathon Teague, the handsome contractor who wants to work on more than her house, or Mina's penitent ex-boyfriend. But as Riordan's very existence proves, things are not always what they seem, and what stepped out of that box might be the key to her dreams.
First book in a new series of funny paranormal romances by Natale Stenzel!
©Jan 08 Dorchester Publishing (P)2012 Audio Realms
I might suggest the book, but I would absolutely not recommend the audio book. In fact, I would strongly recommend NOT listening to this audio book. The narrator used character voices that sounded like a little girl playing make-believe with her dolls - completely overdone/overacted, inconsistent speech patterns and voice inflection, and not at all matching the tone of the characters. You could not pay me to listen to another book read by this narrator.
I didn't love the book, but there were things I liked about it. I thought the author did a good job of developing the relationships between the characters and adding unexpected twists. I also liked that she used a supernatural form, a Puca (also known as Phooka) that you don't see very often and I liked the originality of that. My suggestion for improving the story would be to work on making the dialog a little more contemporary. The main female character is supposed to be 31 yrs old, but her slang and expressions are so outdated that she comes across as 20 yrs older (which was incredibly ironic since the narrator had her talking in a high-pitched babyish voice.) I also would have liked to have a larger involvement from the Druid culture.
The narrator used character voices that sounded like a little girl playing make-believe with her dolls - completely overdone/overacted, inconsistent speech patterns and voice inflection, and not at all matching the tone of the characters. You could not pay me to listen to another book read by this narrator.
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