Author: Stephanie Julian
Release Date: available now
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): e-book (novella length)
I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review.
From the author’s website:
Carrie Benton’s got the best job in the world working as a reporter for the Weekly News Journal. Chupacabra picnicking at the Jersey shore? Check. Aliens in the White House? Absolutely. Bigfoot stalking the forests of northern Pennsylvania? Well, okay… but Bigfoot is so Left Coast.
Tim Sattazahn can’t believe his luck. The six-foot redhead who crashed into his forest during a snowstorm is gorgeous, funny and hot for him. Everything would be perfect except for the fact that she’s looking for Bigfoot.
And, unfortunately for Tim, she’s found him…
What I’m talking about:
Carrie Benton doesn’t believe any of the stories that her paper, The Weekly News, prints. But she’s happy to put her reporting skills and her talent for making anything sound believable to good use as a writer. In order to follow up on a prime story, Carrie heads out to the woods in snow storm to grab some photos for a Bigfoot sighting.
After crashing her car, Carrie heads into the unknown in hopes of finding some help. Little does she know that she’s being watched by tall, dark and sexy, Tim – who is the only person living out there for miles. When Carrie passes out, Tim makes his move and rescues her – taking her back to his home for recovery. After Carrie wakes, the two hit it off spectacularly, and both realize that there may be more to their relationship than just hot sex.
I really enjoyed this novella from Ms. Julian. It’s a quick read full of fun and smokin’ romance. The mythology is very original – I can’t say that I’ve ever read a “Bigfoot romance” before. As corny as it may sound, the story is actually very smart and well written. I enjoyed the pop-culture references (especially since I’m a sci-fi geek) and the thoughtful dialogue between Carrie and Tim.
Although it’s a shorten-length story, the characters are well-developed and interesting. Carrie is an independent woman that can think on her own and has sex because she likes it. The romance is not based on the stars alining or any magicks, just a strong woman that wants a big man. The paranormal is present – Bigfoot, Yeti and a Fae – but it doesn’t dominate the story, giving a entertaining twist on a hot little tryst!
Really enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)