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Two Polluted Black-Heart Romances (The Water Kingdom) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 7, 2017
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However, there is no respite for Sabrina, Cade, and Moselle--a fairy, vampire, and mummy who are in deep trouble after exposing the shadowy Otherworldly Assembly. As they try to evade the dark organization's assassins by hiding in the shadier corners of Los Angeles, they discover a deeper, more immediate threat to themselves and the world at large. Meanwhile, a human named Jackson struggles to remember his past and decode his complicated emotions after a near-death experience.
Two Polluted Black-Heart Romances builds on the tantalizing paranormal fantasy One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail, expanding the scope and raising the stakes. Filled with danger, humor, and a dash of romance, this story is a fantasy in every sense of the word.
About the Author
Kevin James Breaux has devoted the past ten years of his life to crafting short stories and novels. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and the Paranormal Romance Guild.
Breaux is always enthusiastic about the challenge writing presents. He lives by the motto “Write makes might!” and sees each new page as an opportunity to improve and advance.
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Two Polluted Black-Heart Romances, written by Kevin James Breaux, is an action packed fantasy novel that collides the modern world with magical creatures and supernatural beings. Each mystical being (and human!) are trying to find their place as they revel in the aftermath of destroying evil.
The story flips between various perspectives of the characters, keeping us up to date with what is happening in the story progression. The different characters and their personalities mean that the mood of the story can change drastically, one moment you may be watching through the eyes of Sabrina as she seduces old flames and the next moment you are underground with a human and undead as she passionately tries to protect her love.
One of the most interesting characters was Cade. Cade has unique senses and an ability to bear fangs to persuade a situation. Being a vampire has its perks however Cade finds himself torn between the people of his past and present. His character was one of my favourites as the reader is treated to his heroic rescues and violent deaths. I appreciate Breaux’s ability to paint a picture with his words and I found it easy to imagine the vampire devouring humans, lured by the innocence of puppy dogs.
The modern twist made the story feel relatable. In a matter of pages, you are transported from a mass murder of winged creatures to discussing Justin Timberlake in the recording studio. It actually also provided a bit of comic relief as in the midst of a tense scene, celebrities were named dropped like it was your everyday Hollywood scenario. It wasn’t just the name dropping that caught my attention though. Some of the plot eerily replicated scenarios that could happen in real life as the plot delved into sinkholes, pollution and the threat of terrorists.
One character I found to be confusing at times is Sabrina. Sabrina is a winged creature, descent from royalty. She is quick-tempered, passionate and at times childish. At times her character was frustrating and I found myself mentally wanting to tell her what to do! Her character eventually grew on me though as she soon begins to accept and acknowledge the affects her decisions have on her friends.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a fantasy novel that twists into a modern day adventure. I look forward to reading the next installment and finding out what happens to each of the characters.
Something that I noticed right off is the title—the first one was One Smoking Hot Fairy Tale, and this one follows suit by starting with “two.” With this pattern, we can of course assume that the third book will start with “three,” and so on, but I also appreciated the “polluted” part of the title, which added a nice little foreshadowing.
This book picks up right where the first one left off. We start with Cade going to see Moselle and Jackson at the hospital right after Moselle called him. What he finds is much, much worse than he expected. This book was so action-packed that it was sometimes a bit hard to remember what was happening with whom, but after a while it was easier to keep up. Because this book uses several POVs, we switch from one action-packed scene to another pretty frequently. This allows us to see what’s happening to Moselle, Jackson, Sabrina, Cade, Weston, and everyone else.
There is so much action in this book. Honestly at first it was confusing to have to keep up with everyone, but then I really liked it. Breaux is really good with the plot lines and with the creativity. The world-building is great in this series (as it tends to be with all of his books). I love that with Breaux you can count on him to show and not tell the world and history—in a good way. Many times authors struggle with telling the readers about their world and creatures, but Breaux does it in such a flawless way that we learn more about them without being bombarded with details.
Once again, I absolutely despised Jackson. Not only is he annoyingly naïve, but he also messes everything up with Sabrina’s friend group. I thought I’d like him more in this book, because he’d annoyed me in the first too, but I really didn’t. He considers himself to be on the same level of importance as everyone else, when he really isn’t. He frustrates me because he is a wrench in the gears of this book. While I’m sure that is his purpose (though the ending hints to him being much more important later on), I still didn’t find any sort of attachment to him whatsoever. Which honestly goes to show how good the author is. Any author that elicits that much emotion from me is a great one.
Sabrina, again, is pretty much self-centered and wants what she cannot have. While towards the end of the book she seems to accept her responsibility more, all she really seems to focus on is herself and her needs. I am interested in her storyline, but not really in her. She seems really egotistical and doesn’t really seem to care about the consequences. While Moselle and Cade seem to understand the gravity of the situation, Sabrina seems to find the time to focus on sex and booze, like always. Even when one of those threaten her relationship with her friends, she doesn’t seem to care. I know that she is young and Cade and Moselle are much older but that doesn’t seem like a good enough reason and I hope she matures a lot soon.
Cade is a character that I feel more attached to, just because he seems to be more aware of the danger and with everything that’s happening. He actually has a plan to defeat their enemies, and cares about everyone. I’m super interested in his and Leanne’s backstory and am hoping we’ll get more of that in the next book. However, sometimes I get a little tired of the Confederate pride that he’s got going on. When Joe points out that vampires are racist I kinda giggle a little, because it’s pretty accurate. Besides this, however, he is a pretty cool character. In the first book we really didn’t know much about him and we got to explore him more in this one. What I find interesting is that he causes so much strife for Sabrina because she refuses to accept what she has already told her. She thinks that she can change him. But Cade has been pretty straightforward about who he is and has never told her that he was going to stay.
Joe is a minor character but a very interesting one. Slime and fungi beings are absolutely brilliant of the author to create. I love that idea and I love the part they play in this novel. I’m looking forward to seeing the part that they play in the next novel (because we know at the end of the book that they will play a big part in the next novel).
I feel really bad for Moselle. All she tries to be is herself and she seems to get the losing end of the stick. She didn’t chose her life. She didn’t ask to need others’ life forces to survive. She just does the best she can. And she gets highly judged for it. I understand said person’s reactions, but she seems to get no compassion. However, I’m intrigued by the last scene with her in it. The author had been building this specific bit up, with her fixation on the staff and things like that, so I’m excited for her storyline.
One of the characters I’m most interested in is Dunyasha. She highly intrigues me and I have an immense respect for her, mostly because of all the build-up that she’s gotten. She’s the only female character that isn’t highly sexualized by both the other characters and the narrator that it’s refreshing. However, that might be just because she’s in the book for a short amount of time.
I am a little disappointed with a certain story arc with Jackson, but I trust the author enough that I’m sure the reasoning will come to light soon.
All in all, this was a good book with amazing world-building and characters that have flaws but serve a very distinct purpose. While at times the book seems a little long, the action and plot will keep you turning the page to find out what happens next. I recommend this book to people who love myths with a twist, lots of action, great storylines, and don’t mind profanities and descriptive NSFW scenes.
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