Thrust of Fate (Paranormal Romance Alpha Male & Short reads)
by Amy Crown
When Arial travels to her uncle’s funeral she’s blind-sided by a multitude of shocking discoveries. The least of those being vampire Emil, demon Damien, angel Gabriel and werewolf Murin. To add to the news that creatures she considered to be mythical actually exist, all four men claim that she is their soulmate. A prophecy and magical orb promise to reveal the truth. But the truth could decimate everything Arial believed about love.
When I started this book I was expecting an erotic paranormal romance short story and it came pretty close to the mark. Keeping in mind that things have to move crazy fast in a short story to have anything of substance (if it’s a new story and not from a series) I find it difficult to get invested in these types of books. However, the concept was unique and interesting so despite the absurdly fast moving relationships I enjoyed the story for the most part. I struggled with the flow of the dialogue a few times. It felt a little stunted or forced. In other words, it didn’t feel like how people would naturally converse. That feeling was mostly in the beginning the book. It has the feel of erotica but doesn’t delve into lengthy sex scenes and just kind of skims over the surface so to speak.
This story revolves around Arial and 4 men. Yes, FOUR. Ha! Talk about a whole lot of hot alpha. Each of these 4 men are the future leaders of a supernatural branch: Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, and Demons. Arial is expected to be their mate and bare their children…at the same time. So there’s more to the story than this (like an orb that makes her forget her experience with each of the men until after it’s all done) but all-in-all that’s the gist. It’s very fast and for that I have a hard time wrapping my head around her strong feelings for them. I believe this is a reflection of the type of story.
I’ve read plenty of books where the couple move fast (like are together within a few days of meeting) but short stories move couples at lighting speed so I definitely had to take that into account while reading this story. If it was a full novel, I would have scoffed at the idea of them moving into each scene so quickly plus the scenes aren’t fully fleshed out. So, I think this was an excellent jump into this author’s first attempt at writing and I definitely think it’s worth checking out. I hope she keeps at it and I’d like to see what she can do with a novel and some more in depth scene and character developments. Good start and keep at it! I’m giving this a 3 out of 5 palm trees but it’s actually closer to 3.5 palm trees.