Jory Strong’s enterprise into the post-apocalyptic scene comes as quite a shock. Why is there so much erotica in it? Why is said erotica better than the kind you’ll find in other books of that nature? It must be the allure of the exotic.
Jory Strong’s characters all have funky names like Aisling, Aziel, Zurael, and Iyar. Zurael, the Prince of the House of Serpents in the land of the Djinns (Jory Strong spares no expense in world-building), cannot couple with the woman who has summoned him. In fact, he must kill her. Aisling doesn’t want to die. All she did anyway was invoke the Djinn’s name which her rodent, Aziel, provided to her in the spirit world. I am going fast and so does Jory Strong.
As I was reading I spent a lot of time speculating what separated her writing from other paranormal romantics other than the quite obvious interest in the exotic. She flips between perspectives which I begrudge. But, at least, she keeps it between Aisling and Zurael. The thing I think that separates her from others is her use of paragraphing. All of them feel small and whip-snapping (although none of the main characters indulge in BDSM in this book, I should warn you that many of the surrounding ones do), so you fly through them, yet sometimes either because the transition didn’t seem clear enough or the sentence read so well, you are forced to go back.
As you can see, Jory Strong runs the fine line between making sense and making sensation. No surprise since the second book in the series is called Spider-touched. I, for one, enjoy the challenge that she presents.
|Recommendation:||Real ramshackle romp, gritty and auratic, lots of dyes|
|Like this, like that:||De Le Vega Cats series by Lauren Dane and the Demon Bound series by Anna J. Evans|
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