Thursday, November 20, 2014

LOUP GAROU by Mandy M. Roth

Series:  Tempting Fate #1
Author:  Mandy M. Roth
Publish Date:   03.08.06
Publisher:  New Concepts Publishing
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Mandy M. Roth (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 11.18.14
Goodreads link: LOUP GAROU

Description from the publisher:

Lindsay Willows craves a simple life, one where she can make a difference without drawing too much attention to herself. As the daughter of both a vampire and a fay, the cards were already stacked against her. Finding out she's the supposed mate of a dark fay prince doesn't help matters. Especially when there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent her from mating with a prince she's never even met.

When Exavier Kedmen, the incredibly sexy front man for a world-famous band, shows up wanting her to go back to a field she left three years ago, she can't explain the strong feelings that surface for a man she barely knows.

Lindsay finds herself confronting demons from her past, coming to terms with the ones in the present and finally looking forward to a future with the man she was created for. And she discovers evil doesn't care who it hurts to obtain its goals but even the evilest of things fear something, or in the case of Exavier, someone.

WARNING: This book contains hot, explicit sex and violence explained with contemporary, graphic language.
This is the first book in the Tempting Fate series.  Mandy M. Roth promises there will be more books, making this a series, but we’ll have to be patient while she makes them the best releases possible.  I hope there will be another one soon.
Three years ago, Lindsay’s life changed in an accident (incident) that had her walking away from her high glitz job as choreographer for one of the top musical groups at the time.  Now she and her best friends (a were-panther and a slayer) are protecting a high risk community from the things that go bump in the night while running a community recreation center.  Now Exavier Kedman, lead singer of Loup Garou, wants her to return to prepare his band for videos and tour.  Lindsay is instantly drawn to him, but refuses to return to a past that only reminds her of pain.  Will she find the strength to face her past, accept her present, and embrace her future? …and will it include Exavier?

Ok, first things first – Loup Garou is the French phrase for “werewolf” and the name of a band in this story.  There is a lot of reference to music, music videos, and band tours.

Every woman has that one song that will turn her into an exotic dancer, right?  Lindsay plays her favorites and teaches exotic dance as a form of exercise at her rec center.  What’s funny is, she doesn’t even know the name of the band playing.  She is one of those people (like me) who can rarely match up the band with the song.  I wish her rec center were close to me!  I would be first to sign up for her classes!!

I wanted to love this story.  I do love the story, but there are a few escaping plot bunnies that should have been corralled.  If someone is your best friend for five years in person and another three years as a pen pal, how do you not know them when they turn up again, even if it is twenty years later?  Especially when you are immediately drawn to him and he still has the same name!  If she were that dim-witted, she never should have survived all the creepy ghoulies out to get her.  There was also a lot of talking about the supernatural as if it was a given that Exavier knew about it all and then claiming that we need to not scare the human, and then more talking about the supernatural.  It became frustrating to keep up with does he KNOW or not?

Lastly, there were some editing errors that should have been cleaned up by now.   I hate when a sentence makes me stop, go back, and read it again to get what was supposed to have been said.  That’s the bad.
The good FAR outweighs the bad.  The story is wonderful.  I love Lindsay, Exavier, Myra, Gina, Jay, Eion,….. Oh hell, I loved all of the characters, even the baddies.  Mandy Roth writes dialogue better than most.  The banter is free-flowing, and just as biting as only true friends can be with each other.  The scene descriptions were complete and compelling, without being so drawn out that you were bored.  The storyline was unique, part funny, part serious, part lascivious – just like life!

Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect

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