Review: Storm Crossed by Dani Harper

Review: Storm Crossed by Dani Harper
Storm Crossed
Narrated by Justine Eyre

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Series: Grim #4
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on January 9, 2018
Pages: 12 hours 2 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher

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Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?

The Delight

Storm Crossed was my first Dani Harper book.  I’ve been meaning to try her books for some time and particularly when I saw this Grim series debut- loved the concept of stories around the fae and particularly the Grim legends.  All the wonderful research she did into myths and legends and shared in her newsletter and blog posts really captivated my interest so it was with great anticipation I put in my earbuds and settled in to listen.

Review

While Storm Crossed is book four in the Grim series and, of course, its probably good to read series in order, I had no trouble picking this one up.  The main story and characters were new and worked just fine standalone.  It was only by going back and checking that I discovered that a few of the side characters were the main characters of their own stories.  Series fans will get updates to earlier stories, but new readers will do just fine.

Storm Crossed is a cross between settings in the fae realms and the human.  It divided the narration between Trahearn, a fae prince and rider of the Wild Hunt, and Lissy, a human widow who teaches science and cares for a son with Asperger’s.

The author has created a fantastic fae world and I liked how it sat juxtaposed beside the modern human world.  The fae world was exotic and alien.  I felt she got it just right.  There is the wonder of an all magical world with beings of timelessness and age, magic, and all different rules.  I can’t praise it enough.

And her circle of characters- human and fae- were all well drawn and engaging.  There were the truly evil ones, the shades of gray, and the good, yet vulnerable and flawed.  I enjoyed watching both Trahearn and Lissy grow along the journey of this book.  Trahearn is so certain and confident in many ways- a true prince of the fae, but he’s out of his element trying to figure out humans and staying on Lissy’s good side.  Lissy, for her part, has made her whole world revolve around her son’s special needs so that she is strung pretty tight.  She unleashes her temper and then has to realize Trahearn and others are trustworthy and on her side.  Fox, a child with Asperger’s, was spot on.  He is written just as it really was, based on my experience teaching two children who were Aspies.  More importantly, each situation and character around him was written to suite such a situation, too.

My only niggle was that I felt the central third of the story needed some trimming up.  The pace slowed way down and I felt like it was never going to get back to and address the conflict introduced in the beginning.  I understood that some of it was absolutely necessary so relationships were developed and situations are established like For’x training with Trahearn and Lissy and Trahearn figuring out each other’s ways and Lissy working out that she’s ready for a new relationship and Trahearn is ready for his first relationship.  I would not want to miss these steps of development and show rather than tell, but yes, I did started mentally drumming my fingers.

Prolific and talented, Justine Eyre, was the narrator, and believe it or not, I think it was my first encounter with her work.  I thought she did great with the accents and age ranges of the characters.  Her adult male voices could be similar, but not unpleasant to listen to.  I was just okay with the emotional portrayals, particularly of Lissy and her girlfriends.  I felt at times they were slightly over the top for the situation.  That said, I couldn’t tell if it was the writing or the narrator’s interpretation that was causing me to feel that way.  I definitely would listen to more of her audio work.

And speaking of more, I’ll summarize by saying that I really enjoyed Storm Crossed and want to go back for the earlier books in the series and continue on to more Grim stories.  Paranormal Romance lovers who enjoy having their stories steeped strongly in the fae world of myth and magic should give this series a try.

My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Romance Roundabout #18 PNR
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Game System New Release #4
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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.