Having already read Veronica Del Rosa's Magic Resistant, I went into this novella already having a strong feel for the world of the Enforcers and Coterie. The thing is, this novella doesn't really take place within that world, it's mostly in Fae, or rather it's mostly about Karl and about what is in his head. Karl just happens to live inside Del Rosa's world. I highly suggest reading this first! But if you don't, read it anyway.
What can I say about this novella? It's pretty hot. I mean, it's steamy, really steamy, as it should. Karl is a slave owned and rented out by one of the Fae to service other Fae. Karl is beautifully sexy and has this innocence about him that just melts your heart. He is 100% not my type of male character or otherwise, but it didn't matter. He's the kind of character that you want to care for. He was stolen as a child and retains a lot of childlike qualities. He has a sense of fairness, he wants to share, he feels a need to protect. Which makes him sound almost too good to be true, but he's very, very human. He's real. That is the thing about the way Veronica Del Rosa writes, her characters do not simply come to life, they are alive. You do not simply believe her story, you want to visit the place her stories take place. You want Karl to look at you that way. You want to look at him in a way to make him look at you with that grin. Yes please.
Yet, this novella with it's steam is not a mere smut book. Del Rosa does not write smut, she includes a very healthy sex scene, but her stories are about people and what they are dealing with and how they deal with their issues. Karl is not just a gorgeous face, he's got some issues. Baggage created by nearly 20 years being a slave to the Fae. Living in protected and yet hard circumstances, he managed to never break. Instead, Karl became his own man during his years of imprisonment. He's not a bad guy but he sure as hell isn't going to be a good guy either. He is a multifaceted character that you will grow to want to know...and good luck with that.
What can I say about this novella other than READ IT! Trust me, you will not regret jumping into the to world of the Enforcers and Coterie. You will want more and lucky for us, this series is just getting started!
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