Review: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

Title: Tempest Rising

Author: Nicole Peeler

Series: Jane True #1

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Orbit

Summary (from Goodreads)

Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn’t quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,” Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever rub the genie’s lamp.

What’s Good About It

It’s a lot of fun, and doesn’t take itself too seriously – which can be a real relief in a world saturated with dark, heavy urban fantasy, with tortured/abused heroines fighting literal and figurative demons. That’s not to say Jane is without her issues, a rounded, interesting character needs them, but there is plenty of humour and the general tone of the story is light, beach read-esque.

That said, it’s fairly by the numbers in terms of plot devices. Heroine who feels out of place discovers she is in fact paranormal. Enter devastatingly attractive paranormal man to be the Love Interest. Heroine and Love Interest work together to solve some crime and Heroine discovers self esteem. And usually some cute shoes.

But, sometimes by the numbers is just what you need – we don’t always want the sort of book that challenges us to think outside of our comfort zones –  and there’s enough interesting and unusual about the characters in this to make it comfortable, but different enough to hold more than a passing interest. A perfect combination for a bit of escapist reading on your holidays or during a rainy afternoon.

The characters are by far the strongest part of the book. Jane, her friends Tracy and Grizelda, Ryu and the paranormal characters are all interesting, believable, and for the most part outrageous in a wickedly funny kind of way. There are a couple of background characters who are a bit stereotyped badguys, but for the most part, the important characters are great.

The humour is often laugh out loud funny as well, with Jane’s constant inner monologue with her brain and libido providing both giggles and insight into her character.  And Peeler has had fun with her paranormal creatures too – something you can tell from the summary that is held up throughout the book.

What’s Not So Good

A personal pet hate, but I can’t bear it when characters fall into bed with each other after knowing eachother for all of a few days. It just doesn’t read right for me. I prefer drawn out romantic tension that culmintes in the ‘get together’ moment, be that a chaste kiss or full blown sex. It’s not the manner of getting together that bothers me, but the speed of it. Unless one, or both, of the characters is a player only out for one thing, then they should be given time to develop feelings. Privately lusting after someone is fine, but make them wait a while before delivering – it keeps me on the edge of my seat and turning pages much better than if I know the characters are together.

Rating: 3.5/5

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