Veronica decides she must return to the restaurant to face her past and dig up more answers. Unfortunately, she realizes she must go back, this time with a reluctant Sebastian. In the end, they join forces against the evil that stands between them, but will they make it out alive?
After reading this book, I’m...confused. I have no idea how to classify this story. The cover and cute title would lead me to believe it’s a light, paranormal chick lit kind of story. It’s not. The blurb makes me think maybe it’s a paranormal thriller. It’s definitely paranormal, but a thriller? Not exactly. The suggestion of death makes me think maybe it’s a horror story, but after talking to The Design Dude, our resident horror genre expert, horror readers expect a certain level of “scare the piss out of you” in their books, and if that’s so, this book doesn’t qualify as horror. The publisher seems to have placed it in the romance genre, and the one thing I can say with certainty about this book is that it is NOT a romance. (Trust me: if romance readers don’t get their happily ever after ending, they will CRUCIFY the author. The moral of the story is that you should never classify your novel as a romance unless you can deliver the goods.)
So, I guess I’ll start with the positives since there’s quite a few of them. This is a nice, well-written, quick read that has obviously been professionally edited. The plot is interesting, the characters likeable. There’s just enough set-up in the early pages of the book to give me a taste of the author’s quirky sense of humor, which is delightful. And the twist at the end had a nice Sixth Sense feel to it.
While I love a quick read, this one is almost too quick. I liked the characters, but the super-short length of the book didn’t allow me to get overly attached to either of them. If this was ever expanded into a full length novel where I got to know the characters a little better, it likely would’ve been a 5-star read.
I also don’t think the publisher is doing the author any favors by categorizing this on Amazon as a romance (it’s not), pricing it at $3.99 (which is REALLY high, in my opinion, for 38 pages) and slapping cutesy cover art on it that doesn’t AT ALL match the tone and feel of the story. (Note from The Design Dude: Have to agree with Jennifer on this one. I've seen a lot of bad cover design and this is right up there with some of the worst. I can't find a single thing about it that was done well. Sorry, I calls 'em like I sees 'em.)
All in all, it’s a good story that (even though it’s impossible to categorize) does showcase this author’s talent and potential, which is abundant. I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a quick read that is anything but “cookie cutter”.
Full disclosure: the author generously provided a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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