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- Print Length: 275 pages
- Publisher: ePublishing Works! (December 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B017SGSEYW
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I really enjoyed the premise of the story and it started off really strong. I liked both the heroine and the hero. The pop culture/geekery references were funny, though I’m sure a few of them went over my head. The world-building felt a little uneven, thoroughly flushed out in some areas, sketchy in others. I didn’t care for the central conflict (centering around the duty/expectation to produce offspring), but that is absolutely a personal tastes/preference thing. I felt as though the author handled it well, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. The nameless villain character was completely undeveloped.
I am a huge fan of the author’s historical romances (written as Jade Lee), but the contemporary romances (written as Kathy Lyons) have always been hit and miss for me. This one was a miss, but only by a little.
Bottom line: A humorous, upbeat, adventure romance that reads like a gift to sci-fi and fantasy fans.
Note: I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for my honest review. The opinions are all mine.
When I picked this book from a list of new releases in the Fantasy Genre I almost left it aside. The title was not exactly interesting (Seducing a Skeptic? It does not have zest) and the resumé of the book is written without delineating the extremely pleasing contrast between the two main characters (Janet Mason and Prince Keeven). Yes, it is about a PhD student in Theoretical Physics, Janet Mason, that is about to lose her scholarship in the University if she does not present an original idea for a thesis. But that is only the beginning of the book and it is almost irrelevant to the development of the storyline. Naturally crushed by the rejection of her professor and risking losing her place in the PhD program she goes home to try to develop a new idea for an original thesis in her area of study. When she arrives, instead of studying she enters her roomate's bedroom and search in the closet for a tool to hang some pictures in the wall. Well, that is the moment when all the academic studies references end and the story really begins. In the grand tradition of Narnia the closet is a "passage" between parallel universes and she discovers a man stuck in a nest and fighting a giant bird. The handsome man calls her an Angel of the Goddess and asks for her help. Thinking that the man and the landscape is an ellaborate type of hologram Janet jumps in the nest to try to dislodge the man (Stressed physicists also need some fun, even from holograms of LARP!). When she arrives there she discovers that the closet is visible no more and she is (literally) stuck shoeless in a giant nest with a hammer and a tool belt with the handsome man. At first she does not understand what is happening, but she decides with her logical mind that everything is only an ellaborate kind of game and tries to play along. Then she discovers horrified that she was transported to a foreign land where nobody speaks english and only the handsome guy understands her. They do not exactly speak, they understand each other in a "telepathic-kind" link. The handsome man tells her that he is Prince Keeven and that he is in a Quest to save a princess from a dark Magician. Ok, seems a plot very Disney-like, but it is not so simple. The guy has strange powers with stones, the Kingdom is falling apart because of attacks from unknown beings from beyond the protective Wall (yes, Game of Thrones is a reference here) and he must rescue the princess from a magical castle. But when Janet discovers the powers of the stones and the "castle" she learns that there is more to that land than mere medieval lore and monsters or magic. There are many pop references of famous TV shows and movies but the storyline is NOT predictable. Janet and Keeven fall for each other but there are problems with this relationship (I will not spoil the pleasure of the reader by telling what are the problems!). I honestly did not expect the fast paced thrill of the book and the various turns and twists of the plot. I read the book without stopping in less than a day because I found it so captivating and different.
My only criticism: the title. Seducing the Skeptic does not convey a tenth of the real storyline of the book. The subtitle: Accidental Angel is more compelling but is not specific. Why not Skeptical Angel or Accidental Quest, or even Defying Reality? The themes in the book are not exactly original, as Janet makes parallel with all the science fiction lore of the last 50 years, but it is connected in a fairly reasonable plot that creates an alternate universe that seems very interesting. The last chapter of the book signals the beginning of a second book, with the roommate and another alternate-reality adventure. To me this book was a very good fantasy adventure, worth reading and perhaps a beginning of a new series of fantasy books.
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.
I really enjoyed this book. Janet steps into her roommate's closet looking for a tool belt and ends up seeing a stuck knight seeking her help. She ends up in a very different world which doesn't make sense to her. Janet also tried to convince Prince Keeven that she isn't an angel prepared to help save his world. The characters were great and I like the twists between space technology, magic, and knights. I am definitely going to read the sequel when it comes out. It's nice to read something different