By Alanea Alder
Bewitched and Bewildered, book 8
Category: Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: 3.80
- Captivation: 4
- Sizzle: 4
- Romance: 4
- Enjoyment: 3.75
- Literacy: 3.75
Book Description: When a mysterious illness begins to sweep through Noctem Falls affecting the children, Eleanor Kimball is called to the city to see if she can determine what is wrong. As a pediatrician Eleanor loves children and desires many of her own, however, after several dating disasters she has not only sworn off men, but has given up her dream of a family, and the promise of a destined mate.
After discovering Grant in Noctem Falls she is faced with her own insecurities and finds it hard to believe in his love.
Grant Douglas is a man of few words and doesn’t do well surrounded by others. He is scared to death of finding a mate. He believes the harshness of his past, where he struggled to survive, didn’t cultivate a gentle heart. After a series of terrifying nightmares where his mate is at risk, Grant has decided he doesn’t want a mate at all.
When he meets Ellie, he realizes there are some things worth fighting for. Even if it means putting himself out there by becoming the Alpha he was born to be and facing the power he desperately tries to hide.
As Ellie starts to believe in Grant’s love it will take every ounce their combined strength to discover why the shifter children are suddenly falling ill before it’s too late.
Captivation: I found this book interesting from the start. It seems to be a strange, somewhat awkward pairing, however, and though the characters are well written, the breed of the characters is a strange, unnatural pairing. The plot, relationship, and other characters makes this book.
Sizzle: Sweet, romantic (for the most part), and at times awkward… Ellie’s personality makes it awkward, in one way helping to increase the level of romance and relationship build, but at the same time, reduces the tingle-inspiration one likes to expect in a romance. Still, Grant makes up for that in these scenes.
Romance: The relationship building in this book is very sweet to watch. This is more about building of confidence and awareness for both main characters than it is about the intimacy.
Enjoyment: Though I did enjoy this book, the awkwardness of the characters, especially the difference in breed and personality thereof is strange and at times a bit too conflicting. Not being in any way related in true nature, the difference in the breeds here is awkward and unrealistic. The imagination is fantastic, from a paranormal perspective, however, when adding in romance and intimacy, the difference in species alone is enough to make this reader hesitant.
Literacy: And the frustration in grammatical errors continues to abound!
Overall, This book is worth reading for the romance, and as usual, the continued fascination of the characters from prior books in the series. The plot is interesting and heart-breaking. This book is a worthy read, and will be on my Read Again bookshelf, though, I’ll have a note regarding the awkward species involvement.