This time I’m reviewing ‘When He Was Bad’ by Shelly Laurenston and Cynthia Eden, which are BOTH on my top ten list of authors to watch for!
As it’s a two part book, this will be a two part review. The first being ‘Miss Congeniality’ by Shelly Laurenston, the second being ‘Wicked Ways’ by Cynthia Eden.
Miss Congeniality- by Shelly Laurenston.
Typically I go on and on about how much I love a story, let’s face it, I LOVE books, it isn’t that difficult to please me if the plot is decent and the characters are charming. But this time, in honor of Irene Cornridge (Main character) I’m not going to do that. I don’t feel like her witty genius would approve such drooling enthusiastic antics (Even if I really REALLY want to!). Unfortunately I’m not nearly as smart as her and have no concept of the Chaos Theory, much like her mate Van Holtz, and so I’m not able to use all the big words she no doubt would’ve used to put me and my pitiful review to shame.
However! I hope she would be pleased to at least know that I spent my Thursday night thoroughly enjoying her amusing dry wit. She was absolutely lovely! As someone who often finds herself unable to handle social situations, and always thinking about all the work I COULD instead be accomplishing, I found her complaining to be endearing. She wasn’t like any character I’ve read so far, and that is always a big accomplishment! I read a lot, so I get used to a certain type of female lead, especially ones in shifter novels, but this one! Irene is absolutely beautiful!!! She was funny in her own way, even when no one else understood her jokes, and her brutal honesty was so refreshing, you never had to guess if she was playing games. She didn’t mess around, she said everything that came to mind, and taught you a thing or two while she did!
Not to be outdone, she has a mate, (Van Holtz) that simply refuses to be put off by what others deem to be her ‘cold demeanor’ She isn’t cold, not by a long shot! She’s clinical, but then when you’ve been kidnapped by government agents at the tender age of twelve for being too smart, who wouldn’t be?!
All in all, without giving too much away, I’ve got to say, as a novella the story was great! Typically with novella’s you can feel when they’re rushed for word count, but I kept forgetting this one wasn’t a full book. All the bases were covered! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good action romance, as well as dry witty humor. If you’ve ever felt like a freak, or if you simply want to know how the other side (Smart and rich) lives, then definitely check it out!!!
Awesome read!!! Thank you, 1984! Oh and the fabulous author, Shelly Laurenston too…obviously!