Synopsis (from Smashwords):
Cursed to bear 12 sets of twins in 12 years by 12 different men? That is twenty-year-old innocent Adara Lane’s terrible fate until a reluctant warlock steps in, altering one significant part of the spell, thus creating a new destiny for both of them. Like the heroic knight from her childhood fairy tales, he rescues her at the moment the spell is manifested. While she’s grateful for his help, being bound to an overbearing, controlling, potentially violent man who may never love her, who despises what she is? Well…forgive Adara if she believes she would be better off had he just minded his own business and left the rescuing to someone else. But, this troubled knight-in-tarnished armor seems to need Adara as much as she needs him.
Bowie Marston knows he’s damaged goods. Home from a tour of duty in Vietnam, suffering shell shock, the young man discovers his family destroyed because he wasn’t in L.A. to protect them. After witnessing the senseless deaths of his comrades overseas, the death of his parents only deepens his disenchantment with the world. Blaming his parents’ murder-suicide on their involvement in magick, Bo vows to never use his own latent powers. It’s too late to rescue his family. On the other hand, it’s not too late to rescue a beautiful, young woman caught up in a web of danger. Knowing what he does about witchcraft, can he involve himself in a spell that spans a lifetime, a spell that ties him evermore to a powerful witch…and all her bless’ed offspring? Can he resist?
Ms. Silver sent me a very kind, very sweet and funny e-mail offering this one and a novella from the same series for review. I guess I am easily persuaded by nice e-mails from indie authors so I accepted them both, especially that the sender claimed she had acquainted herself fully with the review policy on our blog. Romantic fiction, paranormal or not, is so not my thing for plethora of reasons (you know I am angry when I am using ‘plethora’) but I really wanted to like this one and improve somehow my wayward ways; probably with a little help of magick. I decided to give the book a fair chance. It was a bad decision.
Why? In order not to bore you let me present my reasons in a form of a list. With gifs.
1. The main heroine, Adara, was too stupid to live. I mean here such decisions as stashing all money you possess in a purse and have this purse stolen, then trusting a stranger who claims is your long-lost cousin when he presents no proof whatever. Then going to a naughty Samhain party with that long-lost cousin, organized and attended by people you know nothing about, with no idea what would happen there. Then allowing a stranger to dress you like a cross between a Barbie and a porn star actress, wearing shoes which make you unable to walk properly, let alone run. I mean also accepting – and consuming- an obviously drugged drink. I mean getting involved with a guy who’s just raped you in a room full of spectators because he was told to do so and, allegedly, it was for your own good. These are decisions taken by the main female lead in just first several chapters. Is it any wonder I didn’t feel like continuing?
2. The main hero, Bowie, was too stupid to live. If you have special powers it is really very foolish not to develop them at all; then letting yourself being manoeuvred into a very uncomfortable position of a prospective father of 12 pairs of twins (that’s a grand total of 24 kids) is also, to put it mildly, a bit dumb. Dear character, let me remind you that currently you are an unemployed Vietnam vet living off your benefit in a very modest, two-bedroom house inherited from your parents. Do you think you stand a chance ? Any chance at all? Do you think you can pull it off?
3. Insta-lust and insta-love, two ugly close cousins, actually committed an incest in this novel and multiplied. Really, no god or goddess –related crap, no you-are-my-destiny prophecy, should be considered a good justification of it. Nothing, simply nothing, could have made it believable to me.
4. Despite the fact that the author thanked two different editors for their efforts I still managed to find two obvious typos and one severly misplaced comma in the first part -mind you without really looking for them. One example (as it is actually funny):
“The sixth card showed the image of a mermaid combing her hair, her tail entwined with the tale of a smiling dolphin.”
Smiling dolphins tell the best tales I suppose, very appropriate to being entwined with ;p.
The style of narration didn’t leave me impressed either as the novel featured too many infodumps and the author has a tendency to repeat some words over and over again in the same paragraph.
5. Finally the main baddie was not only cardboard-thin but also…yes, you guessed it right. Stupid. There is nothing as depressing as a stupid baddie – it only can be compared to repetitive and boring sex scenes every chapter or so.
Nothing, literally not a thing, could persuade me to finish this one. Sorry. 50% mark was as far as I managed to go.