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- File Size: 2504 KB
- Print Length: 529 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1942122500
- Publisher: Story Witch Press (31 Oct. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LR72DF4
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Consider this for a moment: the unfortunately all too recognizable premise that, just maybe, a simple, working woman was an unwitting and unwilling casualty of her gender. Now apply that concept to the legend of Medusa, add a lot of magic and just about every other kind of supernatural support you can think of, and you have one more in a long list of truly unique, Hill-esque approaches to the paranormal romance genre. Whooda thunk it: Medusa was actually a victim, both of a man and subsequently, a system that didn't quite understand how best to help. This story concept is so unintentionally current, it will heighten the read for any woman who breathes, and hopefully, for any man who knows what it means to be one.
In this introductory tome to what I truly hope becomes a wicked new series, legends magically cross over as a very Merlin-esque "Maddock" transports a very ordinary, very human man to a time and place where he hopes to convince an also very real Medusa that he both sees and understands the real story; the real 'her'. The first half of the book takes place in the time of Medusa on her island-of-exile, where Medusa experiences her first real, trusting relationship since her ordeal. JP uses all his tactical training and service-Dom ethic to develop that relationship with Medusa, while also navigating the very live snakes that are integrally connected with and protective of Medusa.
Note to readers: If you hate snakes? You won't by the end of this book. Each has a very distinct and often entertaining personality, such that they themselves, become strong characters in the book.
The second half of the story takes place neither here nor there: its an in-between place where the victimized, marginalized and traumatized of the supernatural world live and work and await their earned redemption, or wait-out a danger to themselves in relative safety. Some of the inhabitants of this magical place are actually characters from other Hill books. Some are there for reasons well described in this and prior books. Still others are there for reasons yet to be discovered and either way, new stories loom. There are captivating new characters, and species for that matter, in this book who need their own hard-earned HEA (hint: Merc) and the potential to have this become another winning Hill series is, to coin a phrase, YUGE!.
However, it is the process by which Medusa gives herself permission to *not* be a victim that is the core of this book, and while I won't detail how it happens or what results, it will most definitely satisfy readers. All the feel-goods are there, but as I love in a Hill book, they come with hard work that is never really over, and they often leave scars. There is a real-life relatability to her stories and the characters who inhabit them, even in the presence of a fantastical setting; something that is its own form of magic.
The second reading of Medusa's Heart was a firm reminder that it is, after all, Medusa's story, the character who is part myth along with centuries of exaggeration. Thanks to the pure magic rendered by Joey W Hill, however, "snake-girl" becomes a fully-fleshed out character. She becomes real, someone with whom it is easy to relate, to believe, to feel sympathy for and to admire. Heck, we even come to like her snakes. And that's saying a whole lot. And John Pierce is a most worthy hero, one who has followed his heart through portals to other worlds, other times to serve the woman he's come to love. And we go for it. Easily. In other words, Joey's done it again. Brava, Joey!!
The concept is really different and I wasn't sure what to expect but it's one of the most moving, erotic, fascinating story I've read. It's a beautiful BDSM love story crossed with amazing fantasy and paranormal elements. I think this should be a movie - it would be a huge hit. It's suspenseful, romantic, erotic and all around captivating. I couldn't put it down.
Fantastic story and highly recommended.