Wendy reviews ‘Undone’ by Morgan Noel and R. Phoenix. Self published January 30, 2018, 569 pages.
Leandro is a capricious fae, and he has it all: a glamorous casino as his personal playground, more power than he knows what to do with, and Kol’tso, his pet incubus. When Kol’tso tries to push the boundaries of their relationship and provokes feelings in Bryce, a nosy detective, the arrangement becomes more and more complicated. Kol’tso soon finds out there is a high price to pay for angering one of the fae. He finds himself trapped between his nature as an incubus and his desire for freedom. Leandro and his personal security guard Gideon may just be the only obstacles standing between the incubus and everything he wants.
A complimentary copy of this book was given to the reviewer in exchange for an honest review.
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I knew immediately after seeing these two authors in a Facebook takeover event that they were going to be a brilliant writing duo. I’m happy to say that *sing-song voice* I was right!
I didn’t expect to not be able to put this book down, but that’s exactly what happened. I read it ALL in one sitting. I was captivated from the start. Not only with the characters, but with the story. It was fresh and witty and funny and dangerous and angsty! The world they created was well thought out, gritty and visceral and delivered in such a way that I felt like I was there. They can paint the best pictures with their words.
The characters… just, wow! I loved them all. Even Leonardo. The “Capricious fae” was written in such a way that even if you don’t agree with the how or the why he does and feels what he does, you can understand what drives him and how he can justify to himself and others. I didn’t expect to have half of the feels that I had for him. I must love me some cray-cray. He is a master of games, duplicity and power.
Kol’tso was much the same. I could talk for hours about this character, but I will only say that I was on the edge of my seat on more than one occasion waiting to see what he was going to do. Again, this is a character that is from another world, an Incubus and he plays by different rules. I felt bad for him. I felt for his situation. He was trapped. Owned and made to do everything from how he dressed to how he looked (literally), to who he serviced at the whim of Leonardo. Yet he was a strategist and made the most of his situations. I wasn’t surprised to see that he ranged from loving and submissive to brutal and devious. A great and complex character!
I will say that Gideon was not at all what I thought he would be. I love that even though I thought it was a possibility he would go in a certain direction, I wasn’t absolutely sure until he actually went and committed to that direction. And even then, there was the chance that he could turn and do something completely different, much like the entire story. Twists and turns, secrets and so many possibilities!
Even the “humans” in this book are fascinating. I love when we are depicted as a species that thinks too much of itself and our human characters stumble and flail in surprise when they discover the depths of the doo-doo they just stepped in.
Great job with this one ladies! I wouldn’t mind seeing more stories from the world that you created with ‘Undone’. I highly recommend this book!
R. Phoenix (code name: Raissa) has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, humor and pain, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes love can corrupt, power can redeem and that the best of intentions can cast shadows while the worst can create light. She agrees with those who say that the truth is best told through fiction — even though fiction has to make sense while reality can be utterly baffling.
Her dark paranormal books explore a world where humanity has become prey, subjugated by “supes” — vampires, werewolves, and witches — who have seized control. They range from romance to dark erotica to horror and everything in between, exploring different aspects of the Fate of the Fallen universe. She’s even published something she calls “playful dark erotica.”
Her tendency to explore dark topics isn’t limited to a supernatural world. Her contemporary romance, Too Close, deals with the difficult topic of domestic violence. She is passionate about the need for greater awareness and understanding of an issue that’s often misunderstood.
She loves chatting with readers, though she often awkwardly rambles. No matter how much she tries to keep her bad and often perverted sense of humor in check, it seems to escape at the most inconvenient moments. (Thanks, universe.) Feel free to friend Raissa on Facebook and chat or send her an email!
Connect with Morgan Noel via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morgan.noel.71271