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Love is Fear: A Valerie Dearborn Novel Paperback – December 14, 2011
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A little more Days of Your Lives (Paranormal style) at the beginning, but overall one of the better followups I've read in quite some time. Actually, I thought it was even better than the first. Comparatively, I still noticed a few mistakes, but it's still better polished overall. It also seemed more humorous, sometimes to the point of crudeness, but I took it in stride because it was still quite funny. This book also flowed better, even more engaging (if that's possible), and the story itself left me breathless, which was the true reason why I liked it so much.
Before I get to the plot, I highly suggest anyone who hasn't yet read the first book, to start there. This isn't a standalone, and anyone attempting to read it as such, will be utterly disappointed and confused.
The followup to Love is Darkness starts off exactly where the first book ends, which is sort of a rarity, if you ask me. I especially liked the expanded world building and flashbacks involving the fey.
Word of warning. This one has way more sex than most PNRs even, but I would still be hesitant to classify this solely as a PNR. Contending with the heavy sexual and romantic theme is the heart of this book's story. The Fey are a long died out race, or so everyone thought. The Fey King has waited centuries for his chance at revenge, and he's intending to get it at all cost. The fey subplot is actually pretty interesting and balances out the romantic/vamp subplot quite nicely. That, and it doesn't exactly follow the same old Hero's journey paradigm.
My second caution is to those who despise cliffhangers. I would suggest holding off until the next book gets released, because this one is a doozy.
After a lot of swearing and only a little nookie, Valerie Dearborn has decided to make a change. No more lusting after Lucas, the hot, but emotionless, vampire king who can't commit. Instead she's going to make it work with Jack. After all, not only is he breathing, but he's the love of her life....Isn't he?
Valerie is an Empath, with supernatural abilities that seem to do nothing more than give her the hots for Lucas. Once upon a time, Empath's had a purpose. They were ambassadors to the Others--Fey, Witches, Werewolves and Vampires. They could settle the emotions of a Werewolf and make Vampires feel again.
But that was long ago.
Lucas isn't about to let Valerie go. He needs her to help him find the Fey, last seen in the Colony of Roanoke, South Carolina, circa 1587. He still believes they are the key to restoring balance to the world and the only way to keep vampires under control. They won't trust him, but they will trust Val.
Between Jack, Lucas and Rachel, Val knows life won't be dull. Nor will it be the normal, 2.5 kids kind of life she's always wanted.
As their enemies close in, Val must ask herself what life is really about-trust, duty or mind-blowing orgasms? And even if she finds the answer, she may not live long enough to enjoy it.
Now I am torn about this review.
I will say that I prefer solid endings to conflict in my reading material. I am not one for cliff hangers (pun intended here) whereas I feel the author and the publishing house are implying "nah, nah, nah, buy the third book to see what happens". The books whereas cliff hangers have worked for me have been written by Charlaine Harris, Jeannine Frost, Kim Harrison, and Karen Marie Moning. While there was a mystery on what would be next, the main CONFLICT in those books was resolved by the end of each book. A climactic ending if you will. Suggestion of more conflict to come was always a factor, and that was welcome.
This book has a lot of confusing conflict that is never resolved. That is my problem with this story. I am trying to think of one resolution, and the only resolution I get is that Valerie and Jack sleep together, finally. And maybe realize "whoops, bad idea". I never get the feeling they are happy or sad about it. Just a physical release. And, hate to say this, but it is written so I get the weirded feeling it is kind of each is thinking, two people who are distantly related sleeping together, then very regretful, in the aftermath. Yes, I know they aren't related by blood, but it is familial.
So, in closing, not sure about third book. Not sure if I am interested.