Saturday, October 6, 2012

WINGLESS by Shelley Martin

Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Date published: August 2012
ISBN: 978-1-938257-26-1
Sensual paranormal romance
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher

April has developed Multiple Sclerosis, but with it, she has found once again her first love, Luke. No one else can see him, so she hasn’t even told her best friend, Jen, that Luke is back in her life.

Nathan loves April with all his heart, and is overjoyed when she agrees to marry him. But shortly after their wedding she’s in a dreadful car accident and almost dies. Nathan wants April. April wants Luke. What does Luke want? And who gets the casting vote?

This is an unusual book, and gets points for being quite different from your average romance. Everything is all very logical and explained, and similar things happen in movies but to me it’s not a true romance story, even though it’s all about people being in love with each other. If this story had been presented as an unconventional romance book I would have been happier about accepting the basic premise, although I still wouldn’t have found the story fulfilling. But labeling it as a standard romance spoils it for me. Sure, various people are in love with various other people, but the ending is not what I wanted.

Later in the book it’s almost as if the author threw in a few things to try to make the reader dislike one of the characters, but it didn’t work because by then the main protagonists’ characters had been clearly developed.

Some of the reasons given why the heroine does something are cheesy verging on pathetic. Almost like a child being told a moral lesson and only giving the required answer to win the candy bar.

Even though the ending ties things up neatly, it was not the ending some readers will be looking for. Although it’s hard to imagine how there could be a perfect ending, the story is paranormal and I, for one, was hoping the author would pull a magical rabbit out of her hat at the last moment.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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