I love Lisa Cach's books. The Changeling Bride is one of my top romances,
and many of her other's are fun, favorite reads. I was delighted when I
read she was going to have two books out in two months and that she
was returning to her fairy tale, paranormal style. After having read Come
to Me, I'm not so sure anymore.
The heroine of Come to Me is a sex dream demon, a succubus who
comes to men in their sleep and gives them pleasurable dreams.
Or rarely, nightmares to punish those who have treated the women
in their lives poorly. Samira has done this for over 3000 years and
the pattern almost never changes. Until one night when an incubus,
her male equivalent, asks a favor. He wants her to give a nightmare
to a Prince and break a political alliance with it. With no thought
as to its effect, she does and thereby brings war and terrible
suffering to another kingdom and one of its princes, Nicolae.
This prologue is, let me be honest, quite disturbing to read. I can
see why Cach does this, after all the heroine is a demon and
must be shown to need redeeming, but it's hard to read. Then
for the next third of the book, Samira is a dark creature until
she assumes human form for 30 days. Now all of a sudden,
we get Samira the wannabe cute demonette. Cach inserts
humor here, some of it literally bathroom humor, and tries
to make Samira cuddly and endearingly naive. The change
is stark and it's not easy to switch gears.
Then, during the last third, Samira gets a heart and goes all
care bear, group hug on us. Meanwhile, our hero Nicolae
spends his time searching for revenge by thumbing through
books on demonology and the occult. To do what? we don't
know. He doesn't know. No one knows and the story kind
of drifts. Then comes the "love conquers all" ending. Again
with a cute punch, that while original, doesn't quite match
the dark opening of the story.
Another point is that the book is fairly short, just less than
300 pages so Cach is forced to use the "I will never ______
again!" (love, trust, try) type of characterization and actions to move
her story and characters along. The subtle changes and shading
that I've enjoyed in other books just isn't here. All of which makes
me wish for the type of book I know she's written in the past.
This one was good in parts, OK overall but could have been
much better. C+/B-