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The heroine of the novel lives in a world where every named male (and a few unnamed) who isn't in the service industry is attracted to her, related to her, gay, or some combination of the above. Every woman hates her because all the men are attracted to her, or is related to her/one of the men in some way.
There is a magical mystical fated attraction, and when our heroine questions it, she is told not to worry, the male leads would be stalking her even if fate wasn't involved. When she questions these men, the magic, the situation.. she is told that she can't be told and just to trust that she can't be told. Oh, right.. okay. We are finally given a reason in the last 10% of the book, but she was fine up until that point. Have a stalker? Kill a guy? Have to move? Assume a new identity? Get a new name? No one will tell you what is going on? No problem.
Our heroine has not one but two of the most rare magical powers. She has not one magical fated partner, but four. She is stunningly beautiful. She is brave and intelligent (?). She has an incredible talent for art. She has musical talents she didn't know she had. He male leads are the most popular kids and men. The bad guy wants her out of jealousy. Everyone has to tell her she is amazing, pretty, a miracle as apparently all of the above wasn't a clue.
In the end, we still don't know exactly why she still can't be told anything. We don't know why our girl has to hide her fate from her own people. We don't know why the leader of the people is a danger to her. We don't know what these people even do. We don't know who the stalker is, and he certainly hasn't been stopped. We don't know how these magic powers can be used.
What do we know? Our heroine is hot, and the four most attractive men around want her and only her, no worries!
Oh my geez this book! This is the first in a four book reverse harem (but not in the dirty way- the most that happens was a pretty intense kiss, just saying!) series and I need the other three books like STAT because I have questions, concerns, thoughts and I need some answers like yesterday. The feels, the angst, they mystery, the bond, the complicated mess! I feel a little bit like I am totally rambling about my fan-girlness, but this is the irrational level of feelings that I am bursting with. It is taking a boat-load of self restraint to not just find the fourth book in the series and read how it all ends- I am pretty sure there will not be a happily ever after but I need it now!
This is exactly how I need all my reverse harem books to be, with the relationship dynamic between the boys and yes she is the most special of snowflakes but I don't care! She can be the most special of snowflakes as long as she becomes a more confident person and can handle the heartaches and trials that I am 100% sure are coming next. I am waiting for the day that Seraph saves the day, no help needed, yes she can. I really enjoyed how all four of the guys have a completely different personality (yes Cabe and Noah were not nearly as well fleshed out as Silas and Miro, but those boys have potential) and a different way of interacting with Seraph, be it teacherly to crazy intense-can't-keep-away-don't-touch-me-I'm-a-mess kind of way. And yes, as per all the other' reviewers out there- Silas has a special place in my heart, with his moody, damaged, crazy way.
Gawd, the ending, told from the Messenger's point of view, was so creepy and just about perfect. He (maybe he, could be she...just saying) is a whole new level of insane and unpredictable (their ability was scary!), and it is clear that the Messenger will cause as much pain as physically possible to everyone in their path.
This is actually my first book by Jane Washington even though I have been drooling over her books for years and I am pretty sure I have them all on my wishlist (or I own them!) and I am really happy with her writing style as well as her twisty mystery elements- yep not just a supernatural romance folks, but an engaging murder mystery as well. I can't wait to jump right in to something else she has written.
UPDATE: OK - I'm now on Book 4 and have to revise my original statement above. Books 1 & 2 were confusing to me (as I stated above); however, I strongly urge all readers to stick to the series. Books 3 & 4 are fantastic and everything comes together. Issues are explained, characters are more defined, and emotions begin to really emerge. Am so very glad I continued to read this series based on my liking the author - while a shaky beginning, I have to say WELL DONE, JANE WASHINGTON, WELL DONE!
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