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Review: Fairyville by Emma Holly

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Fairyville by Emma Holly
Erotica, Paranormal Romance, Fae
Trade Paperback (BERKLEY TRADE, 320 pages, $14.00)
ISBN# 0425217051
Zoe Clare is a medium who has no trouble communicating with the dead-or with real live fairies, for that matter! But she can't seem to get her feelings across to her landlord-slash-manager- Magnus Monroe, Fairyville, Arizona's most eligible bachelor. She's tired of his erotic antics with every woman in town but her. So when her high school flame returns to town, Zoe is more than a little vulnerable to his charms. How Alex broke herheart is a scandal no one in Fairyville has forgotten. But even if Zoe isn't ready to forget, she's willing to forgive. The rules they're about to break will bring out the jealousy in Magnus-and the astounding truth.
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Not My Fae-vorite EPNR Read (3 stars)

Zoe Clare talks to dead people... and fairies. Communicating for the dead to the living in Fairyville, Arizona might seem a bit eccentric but she's certainly not the only oddball in town. Her manager—the man she wishes was her own—is a bit quirky too. Magnus Monroe has a lot of secrets, deepest of which is why he can't be more than just friends with Zoe. Bedding a new lady every full moon is the only way to maintain his residence in Fairyville and stay close to her.

When her high school flame and his partner show up in Fairyville to investigate a mother's strange claim that her five-year-old son can't be her flesh and blood, things get even more complicated. Alex's conflicting feelings for the girl he left behind and his best friend lead the trio places both in the investigation and in the bedroom that leave all three wondering just where this is all leading.

I heard so many rave reviews about this one. I've read one of Holly's Upyr series and really love the way she writes, but this one was a struggle. I consider myself pretty open when it comes to reading all sorts of gender pairings but Fairyville was almost too much. I think what made it difficult for me was that there was so very little world building and explanation of why the Fey in this had the sexual tendencies they did. As a reader I can buy just about anything as long as there's an explanation that makes some sense. It came across almost as if the author assumed the readers would all know what her version of Fey should be like.

Plot-wise there was great potential to make this a good book with lots of erotic content. The scenes themselves could have been enjoyable if the worst possible writer's bungle hadn't become really obvious to me. It's commonly said that it is the author's job to SHOW not TELL. There was waaaaaay too much talking during the love scenes. I like dirty talk! But the majority of it wasn't dirty talk it was one character instructing another character in ways that weren't sexy. You can tell a lover to move faster with one word, it doesn't take ten.

So overall, I really thought this one could have been better. Holly has written better! I'd suggest checking out her Upyr series or if you're really interested in some good Fae world building check out Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series.


JenB said...

Ooh, I loved this one! Or...I did when I read it over a year ago. I wonder what I'd think about it now.

Great review, and you made some very good points! :)

Rhianna said...

Thanks Jen! It was a tough one for me really... I love a good erotic scene full of naughty goodness but the chattyness reeeeeally ruined it. That and while I totally am cool with M/M or F/F or really any pairing... the Zoe/Bryan/Alex one felt a little gratuitous. Almost like wish fulfillment versus really story strengthening.

I suppose if I were reading it just for the wank factor I might have liked it more. LOL


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