Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at All Things Urban Fantasy
Any Given Doomsday (The Phoenix Chronicles) by Lori Handeland
Ugh! This book is basically an excuse to string along one sex break after another.
The main character has to have sex (no less than 6 times) with a skinwalker (aka shapeshifter) in order to awaken her supernatural gifts. Then she is told that the only way she can acquire new abilities is to have sex with other supernatural beings.
*SPOILER* The coup de gras of the whole book takes place when the main character is abducted by her ex-boyfriend (who is conveniently evil now) and forced to be his sex/blood slave. Our heroine see this as an opportunity to bring him back to the light with her body. The result: lots and lots and lots of sex. *END OF SPOILER*
What really bothers me is how misleading this book was. The description does not in any indicate the overwhelmingly erotic nature of this book:
Elizabeth Phoenix once used her unique skills as a psychic to help in the Milwaukee Police Department’s fight against injustice. But when Liz’s foster mother is found viciously murdered—and Liz is discovered unconscious at the scene—her only memory of the crime comes in the form of terrifying dreams...of creatures more horrific than anything Liz has seen in real life. What do these visions mean? And what in the world do they have to do with her former lover, Jimmy Sanducci?
While the police question Jimmy in the murder, Jimmy opens Liz’s eyes to a supernatural war that has raged since the dawn of time in which innocent people are hunted by malevolent beings disguised as humans. Only a chosen few have the ability to fight their evil, and Jimmy believes Liz is among them. Now, with her senses heightened, new feelings are rising within Liz—ones that re-ignite her dangerous attraction to Jimmy. But Jimmy has a secret that will rock Liz to her core…and put the survival of the human race in peril. -from Amazon.com
I'm so glad I didn't spend money on this book (it was an LibraryThing Early Review). I blame the publishers for this one. There are readers for erotic fiction (I am not one of them), and there are readers who prefer actual plots in their books (Yo!). It is up to the publisher to ensure that the description/blurb etc. accurately reflects what the author wrote so that the intended audience can find said book. Otherwise they end up with reviews like mine.
Sexual Content: Makes Anita Blake look chaste.