Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Book Review: Starry Knight

Author: Nina Mason
Title: Starry Knight
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publish Date: Aug 4, 2015
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
Can these star-crossed lovers bridge two worlds?

British aristocrat Vanessa Bentley has beauty, fame, and fortune, but she gets no respect for her decision to become a paranormal investigator. Determined to prove the naysayers wrong, Vanessa ventures to the misty moors of Caithness, Scotland. There stands the immense Castle Barrogill, where a vampire is rumored to be stalking the dungeons—a vampire Vanessa is determined to find. She'll just have to get past the resident shape-shifter…

Callum Lyon is the gorgeous reclusive astrologer and faery knight who guards the castle. For free-spirited Vanessa, seducing him proves to be easy. After all, he was once a breeding drone to a Queen. But astrologically, their differences are harder to overcome. Will Vanessa's mission—and Callum's secrets—be more than their burgeoning love can take? Or will flesh—and blood—win over the ghosts that haunt them both? …

Review: I was looking for a paranormal romance because it had been a long time since I ventured into this genre. I wish I could say I was a little more excited by it. Also, it offended the Doctor Who fan in me. The show has been around for over 50 years. If you are going to reference it in a book, do so properly and not as Dr. Who. The show is called Doctor Who. Now that the Whovian in me has had my say, let me get on to my feelings for the book.

It was ok. There's a lot of sex going on here, and I can say that Nina Mason knows how to write a hot sex scene. You'll be heading for a shower when you finish this one, a cold one, because those parts of the book are so hot.

It is a shame I had a hard time liking both of the main characters. I understand trying to sound like the era and the area that the character comes from but if Callum said "Oh aye!" I think I might hurl my kindle against the wall.

Vanessa on the other hand was too much of the strong woman. She didn't believe in love or want to marry. Gee you can't be involved and still be a strong independent woman? Bah.

The rest of the plot seemed a bit too much like all other vampire novels, and that disappointed me, because the synopsis made everything look so exciting. I thought there would be something exciting going on with Vanessa's career as a paranormal investigator, but  that didn't really happen, or at least it didn't for me.

The events at the end actually were the best part, because it seemed to set up what was coming in the next novels, and this book would have been more enjoyable if there were more action than sexual action.

I think some people will love this book, but for me it just didn't work.

Rating: 3 flowers


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