Becka Sutton


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Smashwords book reviews by Becka Sutton

  • Dark Cravings (Moon Children #1) on July 12, 2010

    Dark Cravings is a dark paranormal romance novella by independent author G L Drummond. Chelsea is a rare female werewolf who fled to Alaska to escape her pack. For the past three years she’s been rebuilding her life and has even found love with the local sheriff. When another werewolf, a male, arrives in town she fears the pack have found her. But he has nothing to do with them and is there to try and protect the town from something far worse. But werewolves have powerful, undeniable desires which just might ruin Chelsea’s new life. Likes: * Even today it’s rarer for werewolves to get the positive treatment than vampires. They just aren’t pretty enough I guess. Dark Cravings inverts that norm and then some. * The action scenes are well done. * While there isn’t a huge amount of character development (it’s a 20k novella so only the unreasonable would expect it) there is a beautiful balance of inner and outer conflict with the love triangle and the vampire attack. * It’s a lovely, quick read, but there’s a hell of a lot of value crammed into this short little Dislikes: * It felt like Chekov’s Gun misfired. There’s constant mention of the fact the pack will eventually find Chelsea, but it doesn’t happen in the course of the novella. I think it might be set up a sequel, but the way it kept coming up felt belaboured. Almost as if it were a subplot dropped to keep this a novella. * I’m not a great fan of erotica and there are some sex scenes in the story. It all makes sense in context, but I prefer sex in stories to be more subtle. This is, of course, a matter of taste. It’s not so intrusive that you can’t skim it. * Bah! But it could have been longer with a couple of subplots. Verdict: There’s a lot for fans of werewolves and paranormal romance to like in Dark Cravings and G L Drummond crafts a good tale. It’s not 100% my cup of tea, but it was a worthy read. I did enjoy it. I rate this 3.5 stars, I've listed it as 4 because I hate to round down
  • Kept (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Blood Lust, novella 1) on July 19, 2010

    I initially read Kept by Zoe Winters via the free pdf on her site, but I've since purchased it for $0.99 from Smashwords so I could stick the ePub version on my android phone. This in itself probably tells you I felt it was worth something. Kept is a fairly light paranormal romance novella, though it does have its dark moments and you certainly wouldn't describe it as fluffy. Likes: 1. Werecats are kind of unique in fiction, especially werecats that are actually domestic cat size as opposed to big cats. 2. The two main characters were reasonably well developed considering the fact it's a novella. 3. While it only scratches the surface of the world there's a sense of strong worldbuilding underpinning the story. 4. The sacrifice plot was intriguing enough to make me tolerate the romantic. (I can only take paranormal romance when something else is happening as well.) 5. The writing is solid. 6. The sex, thank goodness, is not explicit. Dislikes: 1. The romance didn't really convince me. The attraction yes, but it seems they just kind of fell into the relationship at the end. Given the situation it's not unbelievable that would happen, but it didn't feel like it would last. Ironically I'm listing this as a flaw because it's supposed to be a romance and those relationships are supposed to feel stable at the end, but it actually made me like it better. 2. The antagonist was a total nutjob with very little motivation beyond blind ambition that we saw. This made him seem very two dimensional. I know it was a novella, but he had enough page time to add a bit of complexity to him. He was actually kind of boring. 3. At times the characters' reactions were just too predictable. The plot relied on them doing stupid things. Young scared werecats can be excused that but intelligent, long lived sorcerors (even hot ones) should know better. Verdict: If you like paranormal romance you'll almost certainly enjoy Kept. I enjoyed it and I don't even like romance as a rule. I know it's available free from her website, but go buy it. The author deserves it and it's only $0.99. I'll be buying the other 2 books in the trilogy at some point but my to buy list is as long as my arm.