Parts & Wreck by Mark Henry #AudioBook

Parts & Wreck by Mark Henry #AudioBookParts & Wreck by Mark Henry

Narrator: Valerie Gilbert
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Entangled Covet on June 17, 2014
Length: 7 hours 20 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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I saw a review of this book at April’s Eargasms blog and thought it sounded quirky and hilarious.  A psychotic heroine and rough demon-hunting hero team up in this black comedy paranormal romance.

This was my first time experiencing this author’s work.  It was like stepping into a parallel dimension that was similar, but different enough to leave me off-balance.  The premise was out there, the humor raunchy, and the characters not the usual in heroism.

Luce can’t keep down a job, but gets an interview with the Parts & Wreck department making a wrong assumption about what it is.  However, she needs a job and being the assistant to a demon exorcist will have to do especially since her partner is the hot guy she met the night before at the bar.  Luce has to be careful not to let her brand of crazy out.  She has an imaginary not-so friend who has been with her since childhood.  Hitch can’t be seen by anyone else.  Luce was treated for mental illness and now at all costs, she works hard to appear normal.  However, at her new job, her crazy isn’t nearly the weirdest thing and her new partner has his own issues.

Wade is on his third partner.  They keep getting possessed and killed mostly because they tend to rush into danger.  He is reluctant to see it happen again especially with the lewd and fun, Luce.  He knows she is a bit crazy, but that doesn’t change the respect he has for the spunky woman who can keep up with him and seems to take her new job in stride.  They make a deal to keep it all professional, but that gets more difficult as they spend more time together working on cases.  The latest takes them to a sex club where the kink is even a shocker for him.  But he will do what it takes to keep Luce safe even if this is a tough dangerous demon they face.

So, I still don’t know what to make of this one even after I listened to the end.  I felt pulled in opposite directions throughout.  Whether it was plot, characters, humor, or the romance, I enjoyed the unusual quirkiness, but also found it off putting at times too.  It’s not strongly developed or one that I felt a strong connection, but it was entertaining and a good distraction.  I think this won’t be for everyone because it will depend on the reader’s brand of humor.  If the absurd and raunchiness can get a laugh then this will have appeal, if not, this will be- well, absurd.

As I said, things are developed just enough so the reader has the general idea of what is going on and has enough connection to engage with the story and characters.  It was the kind of story that I could enjoy while I listened, but not have trouble setting aside to do other things before coming back.

The audio was an enhancement, I think.  I liked the way the narrator told the story and did the characters.  This was my first time listening to Valerie Gilbert as a narrator, but I would gladly listen to other books she has narrated.

All in all, I had a good time with this one, but would cautiously recommend it to Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance fans who get into off-beat, irreverent humor, snarky exchanges, quirky and odd characters, and a light, but slightly skeevy paranormal plot.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #74 PNR
Literary Pickers #72 photocopier
Audio #9
New to Me #30 author

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I can definitely see myself enjoying this. If I can put up with Charley Davidson, I’m sure Luce will be no problem. Why have I never seen this before?! I’m beginning to embrace all things UF.

    • I didn’t connect it before, but yes, Luce and the story is something like Charley and her stories at their zaniest. I got lucky and caught this one on someone’s blog or I would have missed it, too. Right there with you loving on the UF. 🙂

  • This definitely sounds different!! I usually have to be in the mood for a book like this one. But I do love it when the narrator does a great job with it though. Usually makes the difference.

    • Yes, the narrator really made the difference. She did banter well. And yes, definitely have to be in the mood for quirky and weird and jr. high sex humor.

  • Mark Henry…as in zombie book? Must check

  • Oh oh! Mark Henry! I have his Happy Hour of the Dead (the ones Blodeuedd mentioned). He is…interesting. lol

    • You can say that again, sister. This was most definitely interesting.

  • I’ve never read a Mark Henry book either. I’ve heard of him, but I don’t know much about him. This is something sounds like I should try.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • It was so odd and quirky and an interesting take on demon fighting. You might get into it with your love of comedy and PNR, Melanie.