Publishing Date: April 2014
Publisher Description: Former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…
Review: : The cover art is good. I like the depth and the Kraken tentacles.
Steampunk coupled with airships and Victorian frivolity mired in romance. Despite the sleeping drool I find upon waking up, this novella had some moments of entertaining value. Mara and Cooper were interesting characters. Kraken town, an interesting setting as well as the plummet from an airship. Too bad the main characters were as boring as a bag of starfish. Love befuddled idiots with hormonal pangs, ripe with pulchritudinous fervor. Nothing like wasting a fragile plot on two douche bags.
The cliché’s are endless. Precious Gurl with hidden identity (of course she’s super hot and really smart). Hunky swashbuckler with massive bulge in the breeches. Semi-retarded ambassador’s wife, pregnant with another’s child. A tantrum toting brother to hunky-man. All this wound around a limp story line of burgeoning WUV coupled with denials, self-recriminations, misunderstandings, unrequited lust and boner-tension.
I won’t go into the endless uses of “heart thudded” or “thumped” or my favorite; frowned, frown or frowning.