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The Demigod's Legacy, Masters of Maria - Book 1, Holley Trent
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: romance, paranormal and fantasy
I didn’t realise this was a spin off series, and of course I’d not read the Desert Guards. Didn’t matter though, there’s enough info given for me to follow the story, but I do want to read the other books at some point, they sound fun.
I’ve read a few of Holley’s contemporary romance reads a while back, but none of her very very many paranormals....she has an easy to follow writing style, with some sharp humour which keeps the feeling of light-heartedness in the story.
Its a kind of easy, relaxing read rather than deep dark drama. I like both, very much depends on my mood which I want to read.
So this book – a fun read, made me smile at some of the things that happened. I loved the main characters of Dee, Cruz and Tito, and they all felt very real. Cruz especially – five going on fifteen. she was a real sweetie kid.
I really felt for poor Dee, dumped like that, Tito promising he’ll be back and then she’s stuck, pregnant and alone, with only her sister for support. That must have made the early days very tough, especially as she’s no way of contacting Tito, other than trying many times to send a message via his cousin.
She never hears back but now she’s found out where he is and has driven her and Cruz to see him. I’d have been pretty riled at him too.
I started off really disliking Tito, hated what he’d done, and his reaction when he first sees Dee isn’t great, nor did he take the news he’s a father very well. If I’d been Dee I think I’d have got in the car and gone...but somehow his family and friends sort of bamboozle Dee into staying, and his Godess mother tells him to pull himself together basically.
Of course once I knew his past I understood why he’d left Dee, and really felt for him, he was just trying to do the right thing even though it hurt him.
He’s still allowing that to impact the current situation though, and Dee just isn’t sure whether he really wants her now, or just wants his daughter,Cruz, and her by default as Cruz’ mother, as he can't really explain what he is without sounding crazy...
Of course the tale gets more tangled with endless Foley friends and cousins in every corner it seems, and poor Dee was as confused as i was, especially before she knew the truth about them.
They were trying to make excuses for Tito’s behaviour, and persuade her to stay without being able to explain so much of what was going on.
Where I struggled was the ending, it got to a point where I felt it was kind of rushed, overly complicated at times and at other it was just Problem, wham – problem gone, far too quick and simplistic. I needed something between the two, to be able to see what was going to happen, how it was resolved and how they kept humans from finding out what they’d done.
It seemed to me a magical clean sweep was done very quickly every time there was a fight and/or a death, but it wouldn’t really have been as simple as that surely? There would have been times when other eyes were around, when they didn’t clean up quick enough?
I wasn’t really sure why her parents and other relatives were involved, that wasn’t really needed IMO and the way that plotline played out was certainly unreal and felt unnecessary.
I couldn’t see they could have covered things up so slickly, that everyone would have been so accepting of what had been happening and the consequences. I’d rather things there were left as we first knew them.
Though I'd really enjoyed the novel til the end section, those issues were what made it a four star not a five. Again had I read Desert Guards maybe I’d have followed it better – who knows?
One thing I did like was the historic references, Aztec names etc – I kept looking them up each time I came across one and learned a little more interesting facts about ancient Aztec culture and Gods. That was fun and gave an edge of reality to the story.
Stars: four, a fun supernatural read.
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What do you do when that one-night-stand which made you a single mother turns out to be more than you expected?
December Farmer hasn't forgotten Tito Perez. He is after all the father of her daughter. But when five years go by and he's nowhere to be found, December takes it upon herself to find him and make him report for duty as a father. Still, going to Maria, New Mexico, was surely an experience the headstrong woman wasn't exactly ready for....
I must say, I expected a bit more from this book. Given the fact that the whole plot was not something I've encountered before, I had my hopes up. I mean, Aztec demigods and cougar shifters - what't not to like and get you excited?! Right?
Unfortunately, the main characters ruined some of the fun for me. Tito was constantly in a teenage state of mind, where he endlessly tried figuring out what to do with his life and how to man up and accept the facts surrounding him. Given the fact he's a freaking demigod who has lived CENTURIES made the whole ordeal even wrose! I'm sorry, dude, but how much more time do you need?!
And then, our dear December. God, the annoyance! Following Tito's example faithfully, December started acting like a teenage, angsty, tsundere girl for a good part of the book. Here we have a single mother who has supposedly raised a brilliant daughter all on her own, and suddenly, the minute she sets her eyes on the "scumbag" who left her to fend for herself and a baby, she loses all signs of maturity and enters a state of angst and denial. No, I don't want you in my life, Tito, there's too much baggage here - oh, but how dare you try to cast me out to protect me?
The only reason why I enjoyed somewhat this book was the twist with the angels - like, really, I'm getting ready to read Tamatsu's story, and there better be some more, his friend was a sadist who made my loins tremble! Oh, and Lola with Cruz. Honestly, if Tito's mother and daughter were the protagonists, I think this would have been more exciting - plus, they would have done the bad guys in much faster than the main leads, and with less casualties on the good guys' side.
Still, all is not lost on this series. Like I said, there's Tamatsu coming up, and we loooove a fallen badass angel, always a good bonus! Not only that, but the cougar shifters were really interesting, so I'm thinking of adding their books to my list and get to know them sometime...
***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***