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1.22.2014

Review: Operation: Saving Daniel by Nina Croft

Operation Saving Daniel by Nina Croft
Paranormal Romance, Category Romance, Werewolves
Ebook $2.99 (200 pages, COVET)

At eighteen, Melissa seduced her best friend Julia's brother only to run away shortly after. While Daniel was her fairytale prince, Lissa didn’t believe in happy ever afters.
Ten years and a near death experience later, Lissa is ready for a husband and family. But a cry for help from Julia puts that dream on hold. Daniel is acting weird and he’s about to marry his long term girlfriend—AKA The Evil One. Someone needs to save him.
Daniel has never stopped loving Lissa. Ten years ago when he gave her a little freedom, he always intended that one day they would be together. Right up until the moment he was bitten by a werewolf. Now, Daniel has to hide what he is. He won’t risk anyone else, especially the woman he loves.
But Lissa is back. Their attraction is stronger than ever and Lissa is nothing if not tenacious.

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One for the para-light reader. (3 stars)

With OPERATION: SAVING DANIEL pretty much what you see is what you get. You can ride right into this story on the wave of contemporary romance and only have to brush up against the paranormal side of it a little bit. If you're new to Covet I think it's a perfect choice to start with if you're more of a contemps reader. The overall plot here is very tropey with the hero essentially being blackmailed into marriage and the heroine being called in as rescuer by his suspicious family.

Alas, as much as I've liked Nina's more scifi romance stuff this one just wasn't my cup of tea. I liked it up to a point but I felt like I had read it before. I realized that some of why it felt familiar is because it draws from the authors' own bio (which is actually a good thing in this case) but I think it was just the overall concept not quite being as paranormal as I'd have liked. Other readers who devour non-category paranormal romances might find it just a little too simple.

While it was a little 'meh' for me I really think this one would appeal to a wide audience of readers. Those who don't frequently dabble into the paranormal shelves should definitely give it a read. It's short and light enough to work for someone who doesn't want meaty world building and too much danger. Daniel and Lissa are quite likable and work really well as a couple so they're very easy to root for. If you like your men educated and suited, Daniel is one classy hero.

Wasn't really for me but I really think I'm in the minority on that. Check out O:SD if you tend to prefer paranormals that don't have involved mythologies to figure out before you get to the romance part.



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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