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Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon Paperback – November 4, 2012
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About the Author
Robert Fuller lives in Akron, OH with his beautiful wife Jackie, son Dustin, and his canine writing companion Bandit. Robert spent a decade in the Visual Merchandising Department of a national department store chain. Robert draws on his decade of experience in the fashion industry to enrich his book with his own experiences. Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon is Robert’s debut.
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I look forward to reading more of Rob's work as his writing career develops.
The book starts strong, but slows down, and makes it difficult to continue to read.
The author takes things of our world,( ex: satan, god, medieval story line,......), and mix it together with the fiction world, ...vampire......etc....., But don't succeed out of these elements to create a whole different new world.
Paranormal, and UF have a world of their own, heroes, creatures, skills, magic, and fiction. Certain of these elements were missing.
The plot was okay.
The main female character was difficult to like. The second protagonist was ok, but both were no strong character.
The assassin was the kick- butt- ass female and kept my interest.
The book ends up with a cliff hanger.
The quality of the book does not justify the price.
As the book begins, we meet Valeska and we learn her secret. She is a very sensual woman and it shows in her actions from the start. Next we meet Paul, her faithful bodyguard. His job is to protect her at all costs.
We find Samantha Hammond walking in the snow and learn about her painful past. We also meet her love interest, Richard, and her co-worker slash friend, Gina.
With all of these people its almost difficult to keep them (LOL Just kiddin!). Valeska is a clothing designer that Samantha happens to meet, on an island known as Sabbatical Island.
That one meeting, turns the entire story in 180 degrees. I felt so connected to these characters, I laughed with them, I cried with them, my heart ached with theirs, and I loved with them.
There is no other way to describe this well crafted book without giving too much away so I will just say, this book is well worth the price and then some! It is not a small novella. This is a well thought out story that encompasses so many emotions and senses that in the print form, it contains 700 pages. However once you get into it, you will see that it is a quick read as you are unable to put it down!
I was invested in the characters right from the beginning. I'm not usually a huge fan of girl/girl romance, but the way the author wrote the relationship was extremely sensual and erotic yet tasteful.
This story had me all over the map--from the sensual to the dark, from anger to revenge--and it was full of many twists, turns, and surprises. If you think you can predict what will happen next, you're in for a shock--quite a few of them.
I enjoyed Robert Fuller's gift for painting a picture through his words; the scenes were rich with descriptions that pulled me right into the story.
My one critique is the need for tighter editing. To be fair, punctuation mistakes tend to jump out at me when I'm reading.
The ending will shock you, and thank God book two is in the works! I'm looking forward to the next installment from this promising new author.
My warning would be this: if you do well reading between the lines you'll have a good idea how this book ends!
I finished it while reading in bed and ended up for hours---- first,sad (because although I figured out midway what might happen)I was in shock! Then- to be honest- I was angry at the author (trying hard here NOT to post spoilers!) as well as myself (for reading the last few chapters in bed when my friend had warned me that the end had her bawling) .... then,back to sad. I have not been able to pick up another book in days because this one still has me in a book-hangover!
The book has left me with questions.(again, trying to avoid spoilers). Not sure if there will be a next book which might clear up the status of certain characters. If there is possibly one in development, I hope it starts right where this book left off.
The author has a very powerful way of describing scenes! Once I was drawn into the book, I could "see" every scene in my head--not every author has that gift! His gift translates over as well to his characters. You can "see" them in your mind's eye as whole and complete--his writing does make them come "alive". I believe this is why during the twists and turns of the book I felt such a roller coaster ride of emotions then that quick gut wrenching stop at the end.
I did note however some wording errors, punctuation errors, spelling errors --I am not bothered by these when I read a book --especially if I am caught up into the storyline-- however some of my friends will stop reading a book at even one of the above items.
Looking forward to more from this author!