So dark and depressing to read I had to stop for a while and read something lighter. Compelling but…
I initially liked the 3 books in this series as chick lit in the genre.
The Husband Diet
My Big Fat Italian Break-Up
Romance, Rivals and Ravioli
But then I realised that our heroine wasn’t fat at all! She was a larger size than her mother and sisters true, but I looked up the weight to height ratios on the health sites and found that 78 kilos at 5 foot 10 inches is just within the normal range. And is probably a UK size 14. US size 10/12. True at 88 kilos she was overweight – not obese but… and she was only that weight at times.
This spoils the books in my opinion.
If you are going to have all that angst about weight and curves and whether your boyfriend/lover/husband would prefer someone slimmer then you really need to be overweight… and honestly she would only struggle up a hill if she wasn’t fit, and not because she was too heavy!
So my initial assessment of a 4 went down to a 3 or even a 2 (?) as this book hints of fat shaming when a normal sized woman anguishes over her weight. And also is a very bad example for our young women.
Kristen has written a series of novels about Nocturne Falls and its rather unusual inhabitants and their romances. There is also a series of cosy mysteries based in this paranormal town.
However, this is one of the romances.
We have a vampire and he needs to pretend he is going to marry – so he advertises and then things become real. Nice romance.
Now there is one thing I learnt in Judo when I was younger that being pint -sized myself gave you several advantages when fighting tall and bulky males.
1. They underestimated you. And
2. You could get under their guard and throw them down before they knew it, as your centre of gravity was underneath theirs.
So being pint sized, if you are feisty, is often a good thing.
So enjoyed this feisty kickass pint-sized female story as it had resonations…
So Vampires – the Crimson Fold – rule the world – or at least the City State that Clarabelle lives in and each year they have a grand ball where various members of the populace are viewed – rather like a cattle auction. Their looks and capabilities are tested and then they are assigned to their role in the palace – or not. So the ones that look ‘best for breeding’ are given as lovers – or in marriage to the Royalty. The ones not so good are made into servants.
Because this whole Palace choosing so closely resembled the slave/cattle auction I marked it down a little – although it was probably meant to do this.
I liked Clarabelle and do wonder what her Prince has in store for her, but not enough to want to read the follow on book. Sorry. 3.5 stars