I haven’t had much luck with paranormal reads lately other than the staple series that I follow (JR Ward’s BDB, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters). I wanted to give this book a chance because I thought I’ve never really given this genre any attention lately.
Unfortunately, the paranormal element that this book alluded to was subtle. It was predominantly a romance novel highlighting the life in the Appalachians. This was also a – I guess you can call it a period piece since it took place in the fifties.
Hardly anything ever happened aside from the culmination of a once burgeoning relationship between Owen and Sarah. And even if I really enjoyed the easy and calm atmosphere of the novel, I still found myself waiting for something to speed up the pace. The shifting aspect to the book felt more like an after-thought or just an addendum. The plot didn’t hinge on the secret that Owen was keeping but rather on whether Owen and Sarah could the sustain the storm of their fairly new relationship.
I mentioned this was set in the fifties; but aside from the conservative, careful language the characters used, and the date that author have mentioned at the beginning of a couple of chapters, you wouldn’t know it was set in that era. There was nothing distinct about the characters’ wardrobes that would indicate the sign of the times. I should mention though, that I had to Google a couple of items for fact-checking purposes: one, when condom was invented (a long, long time ago) and two, whether women were allowed to wear denim cut-offs back then (apparently yes). The best one was how condom, sponge and vinegar were used as contraception…yeah.
The beginning of their relationship actually reminded me of Belle and Beast. Sarah, the bookish beauty and Owen, the brash recluse who did all he can to intimidate anyone who trespass on his land And for a minute there, this gave me hope. I thought that the romance would be full of fireworks at least. Sadly, that didn’t happen as well. He has the ability to shift into a wolf and a deer. But due to the gentility of his manners, my guess is, the deer was the dominant animal.
Romance readers would definitely enjoy the tranquil dynamics between Owen and Sarah. But if paranormal romance is more your thing, this might not satisfy.