What’s in a Name Challenge 4: “Books With a Number in the Title“
MOTIVATION for READING: I can blame this one on Nancy the Bookfool who wrote a thoughtful review and then offered to send me the book. Thanks Nancy! I can’t recall ever reading a book that would fall into the genre of ‘fantasy romance’ so I was looking forward to it. And I was hoping it would be a fast read towards my goal of 100 books this year.
WHAT it’s ABOUT: A fantastical watery world that I don’t think I ever got my head around how exactly these trees and water all related but it seemed to be a very wet world with extremely interesting creatures. We have a young lady and her pet that is a strange kind of monkfish* (Yum! Sadly, I may never be able to eat another again.) We have a handsome prince. The young lady doesn’t really think of herself as a ‘lady’ but more of a rough & tumble fiercely-independent ‘river rat’. She kidnaps the prince, they feel immense attraction, adventures happen, lady tries to distance herself from prince but just cannot, etc, etc, etc and then some. With lots of hot sex thrown in here and there. And all this ROOT-CHEWING for ‘strength’ and ‘clarity’; what I would describe as drug-use. You see, part of the theme involves the government (the “Royals”, thus the prince) having access to a powerful drug and not allowing the masses to have any of it.
WHAT’s GOOD/NOT so GOOD: I guess I could say I was quite amused by all the hot sex. I would read it aloud to my husband while he watched football games to see if he was as amused as I was. He was. 😉 However, it got really old fast that our heroine had to try so hard to keep her hands off and her body away from our prince. Two-by-four to head, already. And I really didn’t like all the references to the drugs.
FINAL THOUGHTS: This book just wasn’t for me. I admit that I skipped and skimmed but it was many pages of still-the-same. However, if anyone has a great fantasy romance or even a plain ol’ regular romance book to suggest, I just might try it!
RATING: I give it two and 1/2 slices of pie.
* Thank you to the Maryland Dept of Natural Resources for the photo of the monkfish. Click on that photo to access more fun fish facts on the Monkfish.