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Kristar (Bookstrand Publishing Romance) Paperback – May 21, 2014
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Excellent from beginning to end. I loved Kitty's/Kristar's strength and attitude.
Chigaru was conflicted at first but Kitty set him straight about that.
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! I love when Ms Bagby writes the alternate universe storys. I look forward to more of her books. King Ganon maybe?
I think for a romance novel, written buy a woman whose primary audience is other women, there is a serious lack of things a woman would find romantic. The women in this story have to do an awful lot of compromise, and surfing in service of their male counterparts while the men don't do much at all. I found it difficult to root for a happy ending because the male characters just didn't seem worth all the trouble.This just wasn't a good romantic fantasy and I don't feel like any of the women gained any great prizes by getting their men.
All in all it's a well written story with an interesting plot but not very romantic or loving and definitely not any fantasy of mine. After all, what woman wants to read a story about other women sacrificing to maintain a relationship all by themselves. That's too close to reality and I don't read paranormal romance for reality.
I'm a little conflicted about this book, because there are parts of it I loved and parts of it I disliked. Possibly, this mirrors the feelings of many of the main characters towards one another, because there was a heck of lot of conflicted emotions running around in here.
This is part 2 of a sequence set in the Gezene universe, an alternative earth with similar geography, but with the existence of feudal kingdoms and paranormal creatures such as demons, vampires, and werewolves. When I first started reading, I had a hard time following the story and had to force myself to continue - I couldn't figure out what was going on with the set up. But, I told myself, push through and it'll all start to make sense.
And make sense it did, once I got to Chigaru and Kitty and the rest. Chigaru is a royal guard of human Queen Serenity, and totally in love with her, although she is married to and in love with her husband, the demon king Melchior from the first book in this series. So, that was the first ickiness for me. No, not the unrequited love part, but the selfishness that Serenity continues to employ to string Chigaru along with his starry eyed love.
Chigaru gets an opportunity to travel to an alternate reality to find his true love. Learning that it may finally help him in this desolate existence he finds himself in, he travels to Earth and promptly gets run over by a car driven by dancer-turned-stripper Kitty, or Kristar. On Earth, Chigaru appears to be human, not his normal demonic shape, and is quickly taken in by the abrasive, sharp-tongued Kitty, who's also a little bit of a romantic. (Just don't tell her that.)
And this part of the book I just absolutely adored - the interactions of Chigaru and Kitty on Earth, the strippers, the bouncers, the DJ and bartender. This was fun and enjoyable and I wanted more.
But then, Chigaru and Kitty returned to Chigaru's homeworld, into the picture walked self-entitled Serenity, and things quickly soured for me. Perfect, beautiful Serenity, who only thought of herself and her needs and no one else's. I would like to go back and read the first book in this series, however, about Serenity and Melchior, and see if I change my mind about my feelings towards this character. It is quite possible that I will.
Overall, I found this book to be a good read. For SciFi Romance, it is top notch. It is romance but not erotica, and Chigaru is a great lead male to Kitty. The world-building is good, and the horn handstands were a cool touch. I didn't enjoy the jealousy games that were played by some of the characters, but that's my problem, I guess.
Review copy provided via Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review.