Nicole Grane lives in Utah with three children. When she is not writing or reading, Nicole enjoys collecting cool rocks, oil painting, finding unique pieces of jewelry, and playing on the beach with her family.
Nicole has always loved mythology, folklore, and researching unique places. Having been privileged to travel, she can’t wait to incorporate some of her findings into her stories.
on June 25, 2017 :
I do consider this story worth reading. The prose is good and it does keep your attention for the most part. I have my own issues with it, however.
The setup between the two characters takes a long time. I love stories that are heavy on the dialogue and that feature a lot of character-based interaction. However, the characters have to be interesting conversationalists in order to make that work. Long pages worth of romance-novel style dialogue and characters who seem needlessly in-awe of one another can be frustrating to read.
Marcus and Phoebe both have a lot of the same issues that many similar characters in the genre have. Their relationship doesn't really develop naturally and the two of them become obsessed with one another too quickly. Many other elements take a backseat to it too quickly.
Marcus is domineering and aggressive too much of the time. It also annoys me that his appearance is described as 'flawless,' as if that's a thing that can be objectively judged, and as if readers are expected to agree.
Phoebe is appearance-conscious and appearance-obsessed, and she isn't developed enough beyond that in spite of being the protagonist. She also really doesn't ask the right questions at the right time and some of her thought processes seem unnatural.
However, people who like urban fantasy that is more 'paranormal romance' than urban fantasy may have different preferences. They may be able to tolerate the problematic elements and focus on everything else. The story seems to accomplish what it intended.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 29, 2013 :
Loved the the chemistry between the main characters, Phoebe and Marcus, and the ending was such a cliff-hanger! can't wait for the next book!
(review of free book)