Book Reviews

Book Review: Hounded by A. S. Green

Book Blurb:

Meghan Walsh has sworn off all men after the last one dumped her on the side of the road in the middle of the Minnesota woods. Now what? She has no home, no car, and just a few dollars to her name.

Then she meets Cormac MacConall. Tall. Handsome. Strong…and an alpha fae hell hound.

Cormac believes Meghan can help him track the killers who have been terrorizing the fae clans for decades.k

To make matters worse, he thinks Meghan is his fated mate.

When he promises her food and a warm bed, she’s just desperate enough to say yes. And before long, Cormac’s fiery nature melts Meghan’s resistance. He’s not just kind, but protective. Gentle, but demanding. But as they close in on the killers, Meghan and Cormac learn a horrifying truth: the enemy is closer to Meghan than either of them realized. And they want to use her to finally break Cormac once and for all.

Hounded by A. S. Green

My Review:

I don’t generally go for romance, but I’m a sucker for anything with a mythological bent. And I’ll be honest, I haven’t read much about Irish mythology before. It seems every time I do find a mythological story, it centers on Greek or Roman tales. So finding one that deals with Irish legends? I was game to give it a try.

And the mythology didn’t disappoint. A. S. Green creates a richly detailed world with different fae clans and a hierarchy that’s simple but elegant. I recognized some of the names from my own interests in mythology, and I greatly appreciated the pronunciation guide she had at the beginning. But more than that, she makes it richly flavored.

Not all fae are good. Not all of them are evil, either.

She gives them a contradictory nature, just like humans (though, I am disappointed all the humans we met in the narrative didn’t get the chance to be anything other than one-dimensional, background fodder). And I appreciated that. I know fae can be tricky and manipulative and Green manages to bring that to the forefront.

My greatest concern was the writing flow. In a few places, Green jumps ahead, the narrative skipping over what’s happened in the timeline so that we start a chapter with the damsel in distress, in an effort to add to the cliffhanger, suspense, shock factor. And each time that happened, I had to flip back to make sure I hadn’t accidentally skipped a chapter on my Kindle. But aside from the effort to build suspense, I couldn’t see a reason for such jumps–especially when, a few paragraphs into the new chapter, the character has a flashback into what exactly brought about the dire situation. I would have preferred the suspense to build as we watch the heroine trip into those unfortunate situations, rather than skip ahead to the danger, backtrack to explain how we find ourselves there, then fast-forward again to continue the plot. But that might just be a personal preference–other readers might love how that flows.

Another element I had problems with was the gratuitous sex scenes. Yes, I realize this is a romance, and yes, I know readers have certain expectations, but Green built a solid story here. And I felt disappointed when we had to stop that story for a fan-service sex scene. I wouldn’t know having never been in such dangerous situations, but I wouldn’t stop to have a booty call if my life was actively on the line.

Overall, I had fun reading this story–and that’s really all that matters. I give it a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone looking for a mythological-inspired romance.

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