Monday, February 28, 2011

Three Umbrellas: Bond With Me by Anne Marsh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a freebie friday offer for the nook, and let me just say how awesome it is that B&N put this on offer as it is far outside what I would consider mainstream fiction. This is paranormal erotic romance set in a dystopian future of 2090 in post-apocalyptic Moscow (now M City). If you are looking for an unusual read, this is it. And if you love Kresley Cole, JR Ward, and paranormal fiction generally, you will love this book and undoubtedly rate it much higher than I. I only read a little paranormal fiction, so I'm not this book's target audience. The writing here is very strong with crisp, deep POV and characterization. She deftly manages six POV characters and two interwoven romances along with the overarching plot of finding out which fallen angel gone rogue is targeting other fallen angels and human women. Yes, angels: The Archangel Michael had thousands of angels banished to earth to live as goblins--half man half beast unless they could find their soul mate. No angel has found a soul mate in 3,000 years--instead they feed their hunger for their missing souls by offering human women the chance to have any favor they want granted in exchange for a little (or very big depending on the favor) chunk of their soul. Marsh did a very good job laying this backstory out and crafting a unique world. The things that limited my enjoyment are probably the same things that true paranormal lovers would love: I didn't like how the hero set out to seduce the heroine out of her soul rather ruthlessly, intending to succeed at all costs. I also felt like the heroine's feelings towards the hero shifted too abruptly. I also didn't like the strange exhibitionist nature of the bonding ritual which was sprung on the two women at the last minute--others would probably really love these scenes as it came down to taste. And finally, I don't really like love scenes where the paranormal "other" shifts into their beastly form for the love scene--just doesn't work for me personally. Again, very moving, well-written scenes, but my insides were all a quiver and not for a good reason! In sum, if you love sexy paranormals, be sure to check this out as I don't think you will be disappointed!

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