Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Review: Undone by Morgan Noel and R. Phoenix

undoneTitle ~ Undone

Authors ~ Morgan Noel & R. Phoenix

Published ~ 30th January 2018

Genre ~ Urban Fantasy, M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Leandro is a capricious fae, and he has it all: a glamorous casino as his personal playground, more power than he knows what to do with, and Kol’tso, his pet incubus. When Kol’tso tries to push the boundaries of their relationship and provokes feelings in Bryce, a nosy detective, the arrangement becomes more and more complicated. Kol’tso soon finds out there is a high price to pay for angering one of the fae. He finds himself trapped between his nature as an incubus and his desire for freedom. Leandro and his personal security guard Gideon may just be the only obstacles standing between the incubus and everything he wants.
Undone is approximately 122,000 words.
Undone portrays realistic themes of abuse and dubious consent. It also includes mature elements some readers may find unsettling.

 

Cheryl’s Review

I must admit it took me a little while to get into the story. Although the writing is excellent and we are thrown straight into the action, the story was, for me, a little clumsy to begin with. However, this didn’t last long and I was soon immersed in a tale that was brutal but delicate at the same time.

Kolt is a delightfully complex character – part powerful incubus, part spoiled child and part achingly vulnerable soul. Leandro is just a beast. Okay, he’s fey and fey go by different rules, especially where morality is concerned, but that doesn’t excuse his treatment of Kolt, or anyone else. He’s a beast. Poor little Kolt doesn’t know if he’s on his head or his ass with him – sometimes literally. I was rooting for Kolt in every little act of defiance, even when he was being bratty and petty.

When Bryce Ackerman, a rather seedy detective stumbles into the action, I thought things would look up for Kolt. Well, I was wrong. Poor Kolt can’t catch a break, and even when he does he can’t keep hold of it.

I was behind Kolt all the way and hated Leandro (in the best possible way)  but really not sure who else to like or dislike. The focus kept shifting. The bad guy wasn’t so bad anymore, then he was, then there was another and it was kind of hard to keep up, although I had my suspicions from the start how things might pan out. The authors did a good job of keeping me guessing.

Fantasy is not my favourite genre, but I do like fantasy based in reality and this book has the same kind of flavour as the “Soul Shares” books which are among my favourites. I particularly liked how the characters are so complex and many faceted. As much as I divide them into “good guys” and “bad guys” the distinctions are blurred. (apart from Leandro of course, who has no redeeming qualities at all)

The authors do a very fine job of keeping the reader on the edge of their seat and throw in regular little twists and the occasional spanner in the works that stops the story from ever getting stale, repetitive or dull. The writing is almost flawless, even for a self-confessed grammar junkie like me (punctuation goes, right over my, head), and the whole thing flows beautifully, with only the occasional clumsiness.

I can recommend this book for anyone who likes a touch of fantasy with their gritty reality and a story where the lines are all drawn in grey, not black and white.

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Morgan Noel

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R. Phoenix

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