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- Publication Date: September 5, 2017
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- Language: English
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Smolder: a paranormal romance (Underground Encounters Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Nike is a very independent girl, she is a firefighter by day and by night she unwinds by going to a very exclusive underground goth club with her co-worker and bestie Maya called Vamps. On this particular night she encounters the man she never expected to meet up there, the one that takes up all her fantasies and dreams. The hunk that works at the rock climbing gym she looks forward to visiting so she can drool.
Michel is a vampire, who thrives on giving the paranormal as well as humans a place to unwind....Vamps is his baby and he so looks forward to seeing the gorgeous beauty when she makes an appearance there in all her enticing attire, quite different to the gym clothes she wears to his rock climbing club, yes his gym.
Very soon Nike will achieve her fantasy while discovering that not all around her is what she thought. She is introduced to pleasures beyond her dreams and a world she never knew existed.
Michel is more than he seems, he has some men after him and Nike gets caught up in it too. Nike must decide if she should run with a practical stranger but oh he is panty melting hot and it's been so long. Lots of excitiment, who are the men after Michel, and what could it cost Nike? This is a short, awesome paranormal romance. I highly recommend it! I was gifted a copy by the author for an unbiased review.
Nike is supposed to be a bad-ass female. One of the only two in her firehouse who can take the demands and pressure of such a rough job. With the high-stress situations of the profession, a little unwinding is in order occasionally. She chooses to let the tension ebb away in the form of Vamps; a nightclub for those who don’t exactly fit in. Ironically, she ends up running in to the object of her desires from the rock climbing gym. She has never had the guts to talk to him before, so when he starts a conversation, she loses all confidence and isn’t sure what to say. She’s not even sure it is really happening. And little does she know, he’s been desiring her for just as long.
Michele couldn’t be more excited to see Nike walk in to his club. He’s watched her a long time, but has never approached. He isn’t what she thinks and there isn’t a future for them, so why even go there. But maybe something would be better than nothing – even a couple of months. Before he knows it, they are alone – but an old nemesis rears his ugly head at the most inopportune moment and ultimately threatens Nike. Michele can’t allow any harm to come to her and she is quickly thrown into his supernatural life. Not only does she not have a lot of time to process this unexpected info, she quickly has to decide what he means to her.
Sounds like it would be pretty good. Yes? The best description I can come up with is … Meh.
This one just didn’t do it for me. I’m not sure if it was the school girl outfit that made me continue to think of Nike as a child (yes, it was supposed to be sexy); the crazy name she has (which really wasn’t working for me); or the fact that she was supposed to be a strong and independent woman, who can’t stop falling all over herself in the presence of Michele. Possibly also the fact that all of this happens within the space of 24 hours-ish. I mean – it’s fantasy. I get that. But I’d like just a bit of believability to come in to play in my stories. She’s a firefighter for Pete sake. She should be good under pressure. Unfortunately I just didn’t get that with this story. It’s a novella, so it can be read quickly. But as a prequel to a series, I think it needs a bit more substance to aid in drawing the reader in. I just didn’t get sucked in to this world.
But here is where I struggle even more. The novella contains a rather large chunk of the first book of the series, Fire. Fire actually comes out next week. I’m not sure why I read it. I wasn’t impressed with the prequel, so why keep reading, right? I did anyway. Now Fire … I actually liked it. Maybe it was the fact that they weren’t trying to jump each other the first time they met. Maybe it was that there were more characters introduced that provided a level of depth lacking in the novella. Maybe this author is just much better at a longer novel. I don’t know for sure, but I wasn’t turned off by my introduction to Fire. I would probably pick that one up to read in the future.
Because I had such a conflicting response between this book and the following book intro, I struggled with this review. So here it is … Based on what I read, you don’t need this novella. If I were you, I’d just skip it and go straight to the meat of the series and get started with book 1. There is some mention of Nike and Michele in Fire – granted, not much given that Maya has no idea that Michele is a Vampire – but I’m pretty sure that will be revealed at some point given the supernatural twist quickly unwrapped in Fire. Of course, this is all just IMHO, and you may really like the quick read. And that’s cool too. This is just a suggestion based on my reading preference. Hopefully it helps you guys make a determination. For me, Fire definitely seems to have much more Smolder within.
Note: The author did provide me with an ARC of Fire and I did like that quite a bit more than Smolder. The review of Fire will appear in 2 days. My opinion stands. Read Fire first, then go back to Smolder. Reading in that order would have been more beneficial to me.
Kindle version provided by Auhor in exchange for an honest review.
Nike is a firefighter who loves to let off steam with her best friend, Maya on the dance floor of Vamps, the local goth night club. On one of their nights at the club, she sees the man she has a crush on from her rock climbing gym. He has a French accent, a gorgeous body and beautiful eyes. She cannot believe her luck when Michel asks her up to accompany him to a private room upstairs, but she is about to get an education in other creatures that coexist with mortals.
Michel is a nightwalker. He does not know what draws him to Nike at the club or the gym and he knows he should not get involved with a mortal, but he finds her irresistible. When he gets Nike to agree to accompany up to the private rooms, they are attacked by an old enemy right when things begin to get interesting.
Michel and Nike go on the run. The attraction is too much to resist and they begin to explore their sexual attraction and also begin to wonder if it could become more. Can they have a future or will Michel’s enemy find them once again and destroy them both?
This novella was a very quick read and a good introduction to the Underground Encounters series. Nike is a strong heroine who can stand on her own which I loved. Michel is sexy and a dream, even with the fangs. There just was not enough depth to the characters due to the shortness of the story, it was very predictable and it ended abruptly. If you have not started this series, it is a fun intro and the sex scenes are steamy, hot and well written.
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