Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Lover Enslaved - Jodi Redford

Title: Lover Enslaved
Author: Jodi Redford
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: 280 pages
Release Date: July 28, 2009

Blurb: Mara Sheppard has no love for the Fae, but to free her brother from prison, she’ll do whatever the treacherous Queen Nalia asks. Even kidnap Dashael Rhyder, a womanizing thief.

She should have known the deal would go sour.

It’s almost too easy to bait and trap Dashael. Resisting his potent Fae allure isn’t. Especially since Nalia’s unexpected demand for a missing magical rune means Mara will have to hold strong far longer than she’d planned.

Dashael’s best shot at escaping? Seduce her. If he can survive a few dozen of his closest enemies out for blood and the queen’s scheme to make him her personal stud…he might just make it.

Then his game of seduction trips over a snag named Mara, and he falls. Hard. For a commitment-phobic thief, love might as well be a prison sentence. Yet the idea of losing her makes him miserable.

Mara can’t deny that her enemy has stolen her heart. But their love is about to be tested by a lifetime of secrets. The risk may not be worth it. Especially if a life together means death for one of them.

Review: I went into this book wanting a lighthearted read and that was definitely what I got.  This was sexy and fun, definitely a good way to spend a few hours of your time.  That's not to say it wasn't without its problems, however.  It's definitely a book that you're meant to read for pure fun and you're not meant to look under the surface. And it works, for that.  I almost didn't even want to review this, because I didn't want to ruin the fun.  But, I'm going to anyways so...sorry, book.

Though this is advertised as a paranormal romance, there's not as much paranormal as there could be.  Are there little sprites flying around?  Yes.  Is there a jewel that grants wishes?  Mark that for yes, too.  However, that's basically it.  The male lead is a powerful faerie, but he spends more than half of the book without his powers and, even when he does have them, he doesn't use them much.  I'm honestly not even certain what they do.  The female lead is a human and the main villain is without her powers.  We don't even really get to see the deadly creatures that the characters talk about time and again.  There definitely needed to be more there.

Another sticking point: it seems to me that this is meant to be an erotic romance.  It's not.  I myself really did expect erotic romance.  Not only is it Samhain, which usually publishes erotic romance, but the blurb just kind of makes it sound like it, doesn't it?  It at least makes it sound like there's a lot of sexy times in store for all.  Sure, sex is thought about a bit, there's a few makeout scenes, but how many times do the main couple have sex?  Once.  And it's towards the end.  Yeah, it's hot, but one sex scene does not make an erotic romance.  It's fine that it's not but, please, don't make me think it is one when it isn't.

Still, this book was fun and that's all it was meant to be, so I'm not sure I can fault it so much for what I disliked about it.  I'll still read the newly released sequel to this and I'm sure I'll enjoy it just as much.

Rating: 3.5/5

Purchase: Amazon

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