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Good Intentions Paperback – June 3, 2013
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Like many Seattleites, Elliott Kay is a refugee from Los Angeles. He is a former US Coast Guardsman with a Bachelor's degree in History. Elliott has survived a motorcycle crash, severe electric shock, chronic seasickness, summers in Phoenix and winters in Seattle. His works include science fiction and paranormal fantasy. He maintains a blog at elliottkay.blogspot.com
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That said; I enjoyed the story, if not all of the dialogue. I'd give it a five for the premise and general flow of the story a 1 for the dialogue and a 4 for the quality of the characters and another for the crappy dialogue that consistently contradicts on going character growth.
Edit: I just dropped it to a 2. I just read the same conversation three times in a row with different participants. I don't think I can finish this; which is dissapointing, because outside the terrible and repetitive dia logue, I've liked the book.
Edit: dropped to 1 star. I tried to keep reading, but the same conversation was repeated for a fourth time two paragraphs later.
Edit: I pushed through to the end by skipping about eight more identical conversations and ut was way not worth it. Mild spoiler: he gets captured, tortured, and almost winds up in hell because an idiot girl kidnaps his guardian angel against her will and no one complains about it. They literally almost damned him because of their super stalker tendencies and no one cares. Oh sure, thanks for helping to save me from the eternal damnation that I was almost subjected to do to you kidnapping my girlfriend (the angel) and locking her up; and don't worry about apologizing, it's really my fault for not telling you, a girl little more than a stranger, that I'm dating an angel and a demon.
It was just interesting enough to make me want to finish, but terrible enough that I actually regret reading this book.
Good Intentions is about a young college student named Alex who stumbles upon a weird crime while he is taking photographs for an art class in a cemetery in the middle of the night. Three men have brutalized and are about to start raping two women. Alex steps in to help them without realizing that the situation is much worse than he understands it to be. In the world of Good Intentions, magic is real and the would-be rapists are trying to bind an angel and a succubus to them through their black arts. Alex, thanks to his interference, accidentally receives the mystic bonds to the supernatural women.
Then things get weird. Rachel is a foul-mouthed angel looking to fight much more aggressively against the hordes of evil than the heavenly host currently favors. Lorelei is a three thousand year old evil temptress who is quite relieved to no longer be bound to her dark master. Alex is a basically good guy with a past that proves to be much more complicated than it would first appear. The binding of these three beings subtly changes the balance of supernatural power in the Seattle area and leads them and Alex’s friends into a salvation-or-damnation level fight with the local supernatural community.
What raises this book to five star quality is the excellent character development and the slow and credible character growth, especially of the succubus, Lorelei. It sneaks up on you, but the book is worth reading for that aspect of it alone. Add in the hard-driving action, excellent supporting cast, fantastic surprises and general high quality of the writing and you have a book that will make you very happy there are sequels waiting to be read.