Sometimes the future comes knocking. Sometimes it knocks you into next week.
Fairy-In-Distress team member Duncan Molar’s mission is as simple as it is desperate. Find his missing best friend, banshee Cara Wallace, before an assassin lights the magical fuse that will unlock her scream, wiping out the last merrow colony on earth.
Since the day he rescued her from a fishing net, the near-victim of her very first scream, they’ve been joined at the hip, he helping her with her telepathy, she helping him remember the beautiful side of being a fairy.
When he finds her, the crisis isn’t over, for the unreleased scream could kill her…unless he gets her to a remote location and figures out a way to release it safely. The solution blows them so far apart, Duncan’s back to square one. Doing whatever he has to—including sacrificing his job with the FID—in order to save her.
Because secretly, he’s been in love with her for a decade.
Warning: A determined fairy, a banshee-in-distress, and a djinn that will only make matters worse.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
This book starts out as a cute, easy paranormal read with an unusual heroine – a banshee – and a not-so-typical hero – a former Fairy Godfather turned Fairies-in-Distress operative. It’s all undemanding and fun until Cara has a raging attack of the stupids and turns into a massively spoilt brat. I very nearly stopped reading at that point (somewhere around 3/4 through), but I decided to tough it out. I’m not sure I should have bothered since nothing unexpected happens and it’s predictable all the way to the end, so I wouldn’t have missed anything.
The first half is okay, learning about how Duncan and Cara know each other is sweet (he doesn’t quite fall in love with a fifteen-year-old, more into curiosity and friendship with potential to grow when she’s older), while the whole kidnapping and deadly peril adds a nice tension to the tale. Admittedly Duncan mostly swims around being hopeless, but it kept my interest well enough. Once that’s over with, though, I was annoyed at the speed with which it’s all put aside. In fact, the whole Cara-in-peril plot was little more than a flimsy set up for Cara the Brat to appear, which merely upped my irritation with her behaviour. It doesn’t help that Duncan again muppet-flails about uselessly for a bit before moping like a champion. Then of course all is forgiven in a far too easy manner, making me wonder what he ever saw in Cara apart from her dimple…
Overall this is an easy read. The setting is potentially interesting with banshees and merrows, but I was left wondering what the Roman Gods had to do with a bunch of Celtic creatures and desert djinn. The characters are also a lot less interesting than I was hoping for and the plot isn’t fond of tying up loose ends. In all I found it underwhelming and won’t be back for more.
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