Friday, January 11, 2013

THIS TIME OF YEAR by Missouri Dalton

Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 12/5/12
MM Paranormal
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher


Howl is a magician who has ordered his life so that everything is exactly how he likes it to be. Detective Reyes, on the other hand, is distractingly handsome and generally much too attractive. It’s just a tad annoying that Howl has been forced to work with him to find an escaped illegal dragon, when he’d much rather be curled up on his couch drinking wine and watching Holiday movies.

This is a cute story, but it is definitely not erotic, and only marginally scrapes into the category of romance. It is Howl’s story. His life has turned gray and dismal this past year, and while he has used magic to order it as he wishes it to be, nothing can replace the excitement and joy that was extinguished with the passing of Jinksy.
Reyes’ and Howl’s search for the escaped dragon, Howl’s fixed meal plans, even his mother, are all used to advantage to set his story in place and tell us details about his character. The world building is cleverly woven into the plot in completely incidental ways that show the reader facets of life without wasting words on description, a most suitable technique in stories of this very short length.
The book is told in first person by Howl. Normally I prefer books to have at least one scene in the other main character’s POV, but this time, since it is all about Howl, being in his POV throughout works okay.
I’ve read a couple of other books by Ms. Dalton and I’m impressed with the way she sketches her worlds so enticingly yet so quickly with no wasted words. Writing short stories is a distinct skill, and Ms. Dalton definitely has what it takes to do it.

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


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