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- Print Length: 179 pages
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- Publication Date: February 14, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BS6EKIC
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Remind Me (Sex Demon Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Megan is a tragically flawed character, her past being with her every moment and being so it takes over much of who she is throughout this work. There’s a deep sadness that she cannot find the way out of, express, or overcome. She has lost hope, in short, and there’s little question of that as the story unfolds. Her thoughts are of what she has lost, that she is “broken” and being so, there’s nothing in the world for her save to plod along for the sake of others around her until she fades away.
Megan’s appearances in the previous works in the series gave a hint of how shattered she is with a few small scenes, a short piece of dialogue here and there. This work fleshes her character out, giving her reasons for being how she is now. There are those that lose their light in their lives and then continue onwards because they are surviving. This is precisely what Megan is doing until the threat to her kind appears and things get very bad, very quickly.
Shane comes into this work connected to another main character in the series and being that he is, there’s a series of moments which come after Megan’s life goes very wrong, very quickly that draw him into Megan’s world. How that happens is handled in what I felt was a very true way to Shane, but also to Greg, who appeared in the first work, and others in the series. Their relationship, what it is built on, is taken to the limit over the mystery around them. How that is resolved is quite well done, if somewhat sharp and to the point.
While the work focuses on Megan and Shane, the prior works in the series make themselves known, some moments from those works being now seen from their perspective as well. They are interesting contrasts to what came before and help to connect the dots between the events in the series. That said, Shane’s entry into the series provides something that before didn’t seem to happen. While many characters have emotional flaws, few have physical ones. Shane’s past, what has happened to him brings with it a lot of emotional baggage that he fights with. Once Megan becomes part of his world, that only serves to make him more flawed, but also more real as a character.
How Shane deals with knowing about Megan, learning the secrets around him, trying to come to terms with his own disbelief and Megan’s refusal to accept the impossible is touching and heartfelt. Listening to his own self-doubts, how learning about Megan, being in contact with the succubi and incubi around him, how he is treated at times adds to that doubt and, at least once, pushes both himself and Megan to a place that, given a little understanding and openness, might not have been. But it is part of the story, how it unfolds and being so, that makes a strong connection with the reader by far.
The fight within both Megan and Shane, the needs they both feel, but are told by others cannot be, by themselves saving it must not be, is some of the most difficult character development I have read in some time. By that I mean it isn’t an easy path for either of them and it quite literally takes them to the edge of their lives to get things resolved.
There is a moment when something about Megan’s past is revealed and in that moment comes a concern for her, what she might do in the future. It is a shattering revelation to her, but in the context of the series it makes perfect sense and also tells how long things have been unfolding for her kind in this universe. It’s a means to anchor the series, how things have been developing, and I think that her reaction was completely right for her.
The plot of this work holds mainly on them both, but there are little intrusions of the mystery group that is causing problems, and they are an ever present thought in all of the character’s minds. There are moments, as written in the prior works, where events unfold and continue to do so in this work. There’s a slow burning fuse in this that will come to a heat at some point, but before doing so, the questions I am sure will expand and become more concerning.
There is a bit less erotica in this work compared to the prior ones, but that is a reflection of Megan’s attitude towards Shane and how long it takes for their understanding to develop, When it does come, the moments are, like their relationship, building towards a climax and when that appears it feels right for both of them.
What I feel is missing, overall, is there still isn’t a lot of time spent in explaining how the succubi and incubi society works. Again, as in the prior works, there is a physical difference noted, but not delved into that I wonder about. Marissa remains an enigma, one that is both stellar and troubling at the same time. There is friction between many of the characters that I’d like to see develop towards some sort of resolution as well. Most of all, there is a certain tone to so many of the characters that I would like to understand better. I think in understanding that, the answers to the series overall will become clearer.
Four and a half out of five pitchforks.
I feel like Megan’s story isn’t finished by far, that her past will be coming back towards her again and her own personality might be her undoing. There are some interesting new characters appearing which offer some teasing paths for the series to take into the future. The series paused, at least towards the main overarching plot, in this work, but the revelation, when it comes about Megan’s past makes up for the absence.
I’m looking forward to the next work in the series, Long Term Memory, which is to be released in the next little while.