Author: Madeleine Ribbon
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: 234 Pages (Kindle)
Category: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
At a Glance: I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of Madeleine Ribbon’s other stories, but Faire Secrets turned out to be my least favorite in the series.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Zion’s life is falling apart. His home burned down, his obnoxious ex-boyfriend is scheduled to get out of jail, the managers of the magical Renaissance Faire expect him to do a month’s worth of work in days, he hasn’t seen his sick sister in nine months, and he’s discovered a hidden room filled with secrets in the rubble of his library.
Usually, spending a few hours practicing rope bondage would be enough to clear Zion’s head, but not this time. This time there’s too much going wrong, and none of his problems are going away. In fact, life is throwing him yet another curve ball in the form of a handsome architect named Vin—the same Vin who spent all of last year trying to climb into Zion’s pants. Zion resisted then, but he’s not so sure he can do it again. He’s not so sure he even wants to.
Zion’s mountain of problems just keeps growing, and it’s only a matter of time until he gets buried beneath them.
Review: I must say that I’ve enjoyed the previous books in the Faire Folk series, but this latest installment didn’t quite meet my expectations.
For one thing, the romance between Zion and Vin seemed more of a subplot to what was happening to the Faire Folk, with the discovery of a hidden room that’s filled with old books, in a language long forgotten, in the rubble of the library. I just didn’t feel the connection between Zion and Vin, mainly because a lot Faire Secrets was centered on those found books, and I came to the conclusion that most of this storyline was too drawn out on this subject. In other words, the author started to lose me as a reader.
Then there was the sudden appearance of Mystery Man, who was interesting enough (though I wish the good people of the Faire called him by another name). For me, Mystery Man is what kept my interest in the story. I wanted details as to what he was, exactly. And, towards the end of Faire Secrets, my curiosity was fulfilled—to a point.
I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of Madeleine Ribbon’s other stories, but Faire Secrets turned out to be my least favorite in the series.
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