Vexed by Wren Michaels
Published by Evernight Publishing on July 14, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense
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Vodou stole her life. A gay ghost stole her boots. And the man who stole her heart stole her memories. Kena plans to get it all back.
Ex-cop Kena's life is filled with regret, beer, and Cheetos. That is, until her ghostly roomie sends her dumpster diving, leading her to a sexy stranger named Luc and a fate she'd rather not remember. As Kena's memories resurface, so do her feelings for Luc, the man she's secretly been in love with for the last thousand years. And he needs her for more than a stroll down memory lane.
Vodou spirits, known as Loa, have been trapped in human form, and are trying to make their way back to the spirit world. But Luc's brother is possessed by a vengeance demon conjured at the hands of NOLA's crime syndicate kingpin. Saving him means damning herself to a spirit prison in a loveless, arranged union with the very man she's supposed to rescue. But not helping Luc's brother sentences him to death, leaving New Orleans in the hands of black magick, and losing Luc forever.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Kena is a police officer, waiting impatiently for her name to be cleared and hanging out with the gay ghost she shares her apartment with. He’s a lively character and Kena’s deceased brother’s widowed partner. I hear you, the mortal brother is dead and his boyfriend, the ghost, is still walking the earth. Hang in there, this is a good time to say that although this story begins in what seems to be a normal environment it ends up being an urban fantasy set amongst humans.
The first 20% of the story was hard to get into. Normally I would say struggling to get into an urban fantasy book was due to world building but I think it was more to do with not knowing who to trust and the number of characters (and their names) introduced early on.
Once I got into the story, I was highlighting continuously. Trying to stay on top of the characters various abilities was a task requiring attention to detail. I loved the main characters and found the situation they were faced with crushing. It all seemed so perfect yet frail. I was so sure love could triumph, but we’ll have to wait until the next book to find out whether or not it does.
The story has references to TV shows and everyday descriptions, woven into the story. They had me smiling, I was a bit unsure on one reference, googled it and it cracked me up, it fit in perfectly!
Initially, it was hard to know who were the good and bad guys, then it is pointed out that good and bad need to coexist. We are introduced to the supernatural world of Voudoo. Some acknowledge it, some are fearful of it and there are some who will use it to drive their agenda. Stories are handed down from generation to generation keeping the knowledge of the spirits alive.
A lot of the story surrounded Kena wanting Luc to share what he knew, but nothing could break his resolve. He has a major reason for not doing so, but this is revealed to the reader via Kena as she uncovers what is going on. Her fate is sealed and it isn’t until she is aware of it can she appreciate being spared the knowledge she acquires. When she realises her dire situation you can understand her anger and frustration. Yet to not yield to the expectations put upon her could be catastrophic.
A couple of issues bothered me, editing errors that had me reading sections at least twice and the other was with plot development. There were several situations where it seemed the rules were adjusted to rules of convenience to suit the end story. Neither took away from the fact that I enjoyed the story, but it did become frustrating at times.
In essence, this is a story of reluctant sacrifice and the price that is paid for the greater good of others.
What I enjoyed:
- Loved the main characters
- Stolen moments were the best
- Lot’s of humour woven in with the use of shows / descriptions
- Cookies 🙂
What I struggled with:
Rules of convenience became frustrating
- First 20% was hard
- Hard to know who to trust
- A lot of characters and characters of varying ability made the story one you had to read carefully
- Editing issues that had me reading sections twice
Lily Rating: I rounded this up to 4 stars
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