by Tina Holland, futuristic (2010)
Liquid Silver Books, $3.99, ISBN 978-1-59578-710-1
I didn't realize until too late that Z And The Fire Wolf is the third story in the Dealing With The Dead series. Since I have not read the previous stories, I think I'm missing some crucial information here.
All I know is that it's 3025 AD when the story opens, and our heroine, Tierra of the Phoenix Lunar Coven, has somehow fallen into the hands of a villainous "skin walker" named Lambikins, oops, Limikkin. Maximilian Z, our hero, is a mercenary paid to rescue her and that's what he does early in the story.
Tierra is not just a phoenix, she is also a werewolf. Don't look at me, I didn't write this story. Since she is a werewolf, that means she immediately goes into heat as Z rescues her. Will these two find time to boink before they make it back to Tierra's coven?
I am not sure what to say about the plot since I'm pretty lost. I can say that for a woman who had been through what she had endured, Tierra is unrealistically mouthy, as if she has experienced nothing more than a mild inconvenience. The two characters profess to be in love very quickly, when all I see is sexual attraction put into motion.
All in all, Z And The Fire Wolf is one of those neither here nor there stories. If it were longer and the setting more developed, I may be tempted to put aside this story and read the previous ones first. If the heroine had behaved more realistically, if the romance had been more compelling and written with more depths, I may like this one. As it is, I don't really know what to make of it.
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