July Round Up

Monthly Mini Review

picture of the face and hands a pretty brunette white woman holding a lighted candle in a caveOne Fine Fae by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi & Jonathan Davis – B- I listened to the most recent full length book in this series recently, Shifters in the Night, and realised I’d missed this novella where Jillian and Bael’s baby is born. So I backtracked, naturally. Charlotte is a fae-human midwife who uses her magic to bless the babies she assists into the world. Leonard is the hapless assistant to Sonya and Jillian at the League, living under a longstanding family curse which makes him clumsy when stressed. The more stressed he is, the more clumsy.  Charlotte is instantly drawn to the sweet-natured Leonard and discovers that she may be able to break the curse.

And, of course, Jillian’s baby arrives. Given she is carrying a “giant metal egg” inside her I was interested in how she was going to manage quite apart from just wanting to listen to how the happy event occurs for Jillian and Bael’s benefit.

One Fine Fae is novella-length and does not have a suspense plot like the other books. I kept waiting for it but it never arrived.

The beginning of Leonard and Charlotte’s romance is delightful but then we are suddenly skipping to the HEA and I wasn’t ready for it. This book could easily have been full length, adding in a suspense plot (the ingredients were all there but never realised) and fleshing out the romance. What there was was fun but there wasn’t enough of it to be as satisfied as I normally would be by a Mystic Bayou book.

The narration is, as usual, fantastic and that certainly helped my enjoyment of the story. I enjoy the wider cast of characters, most especially Zed, and the way Jonathan Davis gives him voice is superb. Amanda Ronconi is a favourite narrator and both performers do an excellent job with the humour of the tale. It’s certainly worth listening to but the wrap up at the end seemed abrupt and needed a little more to really deliver on its early promise.

One Fine Fae is part of the Audible Plus catalogue – Audible members can listen for free.


Coming Soon on Audio

Illustrated cover in ocean blue with a picture of a dark-haired bearded white guy in jeans, a long sleeved tee and a beany and a blonde white woman in a designer, short, tight red dress and heels, a small lighthouse in the background Pretty white woman with long dark hair wearing a pink and white ball gown, looking back over her shoulder as she's running (?) away coyly in a field of flowers

Reviews of these books will be up soon at AudioGals.


Here’s what you may have missed:

at AudioGals

Up in Smoke by Annabeth Albert, narrated by Iggy Toma
The Bridled Tongue by Catherine Meyrick, narrated by Danielle Cohen
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry, narrated by Julia Whelan

at Dear Author

Out of Character by Annabeth Albert
The Unseen & The Adversary by Thea Harrison
The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore

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