Monday, October 10, 2011

Review Taken by Love by Mindi Winters

Title: Taken by Love
Author: Mindi Winters
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Ebook; Short Story
Release date: September 14, 2011

With TAKEN BY LOVE, author Mindi Winters introduces you to the suspense and fun of an emotion filled, paranormal romance series about the Stern family. Because when a supernatural hunter in the Stern family falls…They fall hard. Forever.

Strong willed, reckless, and longing for vengeance, Rebecca Carter heads into the fight alone…

Filled with regret at his failure, Austin Stern vows that this time the monster is going to die…

Five years after saying goodbye, Rebecca and Austin reluctantly decide to work together to finish the vampire that broke them apart. But evil has its own plans, and as things fall apart Rebecca and Austin will find their lives in each other's hands, both struggling to survive being taken by the beast.



My review-

This story held a lot of potential. Unfortunately, the one thing the story is meant to do falls a bit short. This short story, just over 15K words, is meant to whet the appetite of the reader and introduce us to Mindi Winters as a writer. While it does introduce us to her, it also leaves you scratching your head at times because in the same instance both too little information and too much is thrown at us. We do not have time to adjust to the protagonists' personalities before they are thrown together in a rather angry game of sex, then leading us to try and wrap our heads around the fact that they love one another.

I was once told that it is *very* difficult to write a good story when put into the constraints of a certain word count. It's not impossible, but it is difficult. This story is a testament of that statement. While it is not a bad story, necessarily, it would have appealed to me more if it had room to breathe and grow.

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