Published: June 2016
Genre: Paranormal contemporary romance
Age Category: Adult
Source: Received from author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
Book one in the Unnatural Alliances series.
As an archivist in a small museum, the biggest thing Helen Jurist has to deal with each year is the Annual Donor Gala. When her museum becomes a flurry of activity, due to the nearby discovery of a large Viking hoard, Helen finds the additional responsibility more of a pain than an honour. She doesn’t know anything about Vikings, or what makes the hoard so unusual. She just wants to get through the gala without her boss catching the drapes on fire.
Nobody from the public is supposed to have access to the find, but try telling that to Rune Helsen. A handsome Dane with wolfish desires, he walks around like he owns the place. He’s Helen’s worst nightmare—if only her traitorous body wasn’t so attracted to him.
But Rune has a secret, one that brought him to see the artifacts for more than just scholarly interest. Unknown to Helen, there’s so much more at stake than just pulling off a successful evening. A whole world she never knew existed, a world of vampires and shifters, stands on the precipice—and there’s something in the Cutler Hoard that could burn it all down.
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It’s not that I didn’t like it but I wanted to like it so much more. It’s different from any other werewolf book I’ve ever read before and because of that, I found it really interesting.
I think, this book has the potential to be so much more than it is. It is the first book in a series but the second book can’t go back in time to fill in the whole middle of the first book. It was really short- 125 pages. And, usually I like short books. I don’t like them to drag on. But, there’s a complex plot line that could have been fleshed out into a full length novel, rather than a novella.
I would have liked to have seen Helen and Rune interact more and get to know each other but because it was so short we didn’t get to see that. We also didn’t get very much background on Rune and Helen, apart from when Rune explains what he is and the little bit of insight we get into Helen’s life.
There’s not really much else I can say about this book because of the length of it. I enjoyed the romance between the Rune and Helen and would have liked to see more of that.
Basically, the only thing I can really say about this novella is that Rune and Helen deserve their story to be told in more than 20,000 words.
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