Okay. It's been a few days. I had to let the book sink in, stew, and marinate in my brain a bit to decide what I thought. I didn't want my impetuous reaction to the end to 'flavor' (too much) in my thoughts of the book overall.
I have to say... it's a fabulous ensemble cast in the book. An entire menagerie of characters (supernaturals and human) that were well written, intriguing and HAWT in many cases. Raven nearly makes me wish I could be a gay male just to say 'I tapped that.' Apparently, Amos and Cassidy had similar thoughts, because I found a quote that says it even better:"Times likes these you wish you were a gay man too, eh?" ... "Just to have a little taste of that."
Yummy, indeed! Heck, there are many of the characters that had me panting and squirming in my seat while reading this. Somehow, the 'steamy' scenes are not overly descriptive. You don't get as much of the hot, sweaty down and dirty between the sheets action; somehow, what's there and the innuendo and sexual banter just speed my pulse and makes me break out in a sweat.
Warnings to everyone- this is funny as well! I laughed out loud so many times while reading, my husband would give me odd looks. So this one will not be an easy read to sneak in during work."...she turned to face Miss High and Mighty."
"Flo seemed to think the sun shone out of his backside,"
"'Actually we were just comparing men and vibrators,' Rose said.
'Er... really?' Roman looked intrigued.
'Yup. We've decided vibrators win hands down. They're always there when you need them and never cum before you do. They don't leave the toilet seat up, or fart in bed and you don't need to cook or clean for them.'"
I could just fill this thing with quotes all day! Another warning, this is set in England, and for an American like me that translates to amusement over the British colloquialisms. I guess I've never fully grown up, because the first time a character 'went out for a fag', I had to snort with laughter. I was able to decipher all the special phrases from 'across the pond' with ease, it just added a little extra flavor to my read.
I know many of you are wondering about the beginning of the review... the why why why? Well, I don't want to give anything away. About the best I can say, is the world of supernaturals is not
all happiness and light. And another hint: The Fever Series is among the authors inspirations. So like the fever series, it has some darkness. If you want a lovely HEA with a bow tied around it, this is not the book for you. It WELL worth the read, but I don't want to mislead anyone.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes hot paranormal romance with an ensemble cast that is clever, witty, and steamy without being pornographic. Check it out! But, if you find some magic potion that can let me become a handsome gay male for a day maybe, the line starts behind
me for Raven. Just sayin'.