Author: Aidee Ladnier
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/16/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
College senior Cory Long tracked his missing sister to the magical Moonlight Market to bring her home. Instead, he found a disorienting world of performers and hawkers, bizarre sights and sounds, and one very familiar showman, Sanderson Beets. Like a drowning man, he latched onto Sanderson, trusting him to navigate the twists and turns of the Market as unerringly as he had steered Cory to passion in their furtive trysts on campus.
But Sanderson was tired of being the quickie in the alley.
Sanderson Beets had escaped the Moonlight Market to attend college, hoping to settle into a normal life, maybe meet someone and fall in love. To obtain that new life he made a dangerous bargain. And when the sinister woman known as the Weaver of Dreams is involved, second chances always come with strings attached…and sacrifices. Sanderson’s debt has come due, and the only payment he has to offer is Cory, and their chance at a relationship.
A few weeks ago I hit a bit of a book slump, and did a chose a book for me thing, and this was one of the books I got. So I knew nothing of the book or the author prior to picking it up.
Its potentially a really good mix, college NA, paranormal a whiff of mystery and a dash of romance. Due to their parents death, for which he feels responsible, Cory is hell bent on protecting his sister, Poe , at all costs, which of course results in him smothering her – so she runs away. Sanderson just wants to escape for his life in the moonlight market (circus) and be a ‘normal college kid’ but he made a deal with the market’s resident bad guy, and she wants to collect. Before we get to the back stories of Cory and Sanderson they meet, are attracted to each other and start a sexual relationship, and then they start to get to know each other while Sanderson is helping Cory find Poe.
Its fast paced and well written , however the balance was off for me, the romance didn’t really take off, at times the romantic encounters seemed inserted into the plot, which disturbed the flow of the paranormal/ suspense side which was much stronger. I also felt that the ending was quite rushed, as if once again it all needed to be tied up without any loose endings. For me it needed to be slightly longer, with a little more time spent on the relationship, or a little shorter with this being an exciting episode on a relationship that was going places.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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