Fury’s Kiss by Nicola R. White
Don’t mess with a Fury. She’ll go all vengeance on your ass.
Publisher’s Description: Tara Walker dreams of more excitement than slinging plates of seafood for Cape Cod tourists, but as she learns when she is attacked and forced to fight for her life, fate sometimes has a funny way of giving you exactly what you wish for. Faced with strange new powers and embroiled in a murder investigation, Tara must now race to uncover the secrets of the ancient Fury that has woken inside of her – and of the evil that stalks her.
As if Tara’s life hasn’t gotten complicated enough, she is forced to ally herself with Jackson Byrne, witness to her assault and uncle to a pint-sized oracle whose fate is intertwined with hers. Skeptical, stubborn, and oh-so-sexy, Jackson wrestles with demons of his own. He is determined to ignore the attraction rising between them even faster than the body count, but like it or not, he and Tara need each other if they are to unravel the mysteries that surround them.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
This is not the book I was expecting. Well, Nell, didn’t you read the description, you ask? Yeah….kind of. If ya’ll know anything, it’s that I look at the cover first, description second. The cover looked like an urban fantasy with romance thrown in. Uh….sort of. It is a fantasy, set in an urban area, but it’s a lust-mance, not a romance. For those of you who don’t mind a wham, bam, thank you ma’am – here you go. The story was a good story, a good premise, but the relationship between Tara and Jackson was weird. It wasn’t romantic – it was “OMG, let’s do it right here because I can’t control myself and Oh, by the way, I hate you.” So, it wasn’t a real hate, it was self preservation on Tara’s part because of Jackson’s contempt for her. His contempt and disapproval is a shallow ploy at his own self preservation, bad memories and experiences. Ok, that describes their relationship. Now, on to the story.
Tara saves herself from a probable rape by turning “Furious” and slowly, but surely Alecto, the Fury, makes her appearance. A Fury is heavy into vengeance and needs it to survive. When they come across someone that is deserving, they suck the life out of them. Kind of a payback of sorts for doing bad things. Alecto and Tara have to work together if they are going to combat the bad stuff that is always on the horizon. It’s not easy working with a Fury, they are really into blood, gore and revenge. There is a little Greek mythology worked into this story, which is interesting. Well, one thing leads to another and Tara discovers a plot to kill her because…..well….if I tell you, it’d ruin everything, however, I will tell you that it’s a happily ever after ending – which I like.
I’m gonna say this: I liked the story and the characters, but they weren’t very deep. The story made me feel like a marble in a pin ball machine – bouncing around to this and then to that. It’s a story that I would describe as pure candy. I didn’t have to think much, and there really wasn’t much of a plot. Just read and get lost in the book. It wasn’t boring, but it also didn’t make me swoon. It was ok.
What I Liked: Furies! I love Furies! No, not Furries, Furies! As in Greek goddesses of vengeance? Get your mind out of the gutter. 🙂
I love the idea of the Greek Furies coming back into the world, along with oracles, Hecate, and other Greek gods and demigods as yet unknown. I think it’s fun when any book brings old world mythology into the modern world.
I also really enjoyed the characters, particularly Ruby, the little oracle everyone is trying to protect, and Mrs. Hadley, the elderly neighbor who is surprisingly “in-the-know.”
What Didn’t Work For Me: I will admit that I was so excited by a Fury story that I didn’t read all the information about this book when I picked it on NetGalley. Fury’s Kiss is a paranormal romance, and I’m not so much into the romances. I don’t mind romance and relationships and implied sex in my paranormal stories, but I don’t care for the explicit sex scenes. However, I know a lot of people do, so if that’s your thing, there are a couple of hot scenes will satisfy.
I’m also not a fan of the “I hate you/let’s screw” method of building a relationship. Tara and Jackson spend most of the book terribly antagonistic toward each other, both before and after the screwing. Yes, I know there are reasons for it—probably some backstory on Jackson’s part we don’t know and a lot of Tara’s self-doubt. It’s just not a storytelling technique I care for.
Finally, there is an element to the writing that I have a hard time describing, not being a writer myself. Things in the story happen too easily or too fast, crazy things are easily accepted, fate is easily accepted. The storytelling seems simplified or lacking some depth. It’s something I know when I experience it, but I don’t know how to articulate it.
Here’s an example, but it’s a bit spoilery, so be warned! After the whole book has focused on Tara and her Fury, Alecto, her two friends, Rachel and Alex, suddenly become sister furies right at the end of the book and jump in to save her just when they are needed. Now, since Furies usually come in threes and Alecto talked a few times about how much she missed her sisters, it’s not like Rachel and Alex becoming furies was a surprise. But it just happened. It’s kind of a big deal to have a Greek demigod take up residence in your brain, but it just happened, all of a sudden, and Rachel and Alex had no troubles adjusting and jumping into the fray at the most convenient time.
Also, Jackson proposes to Tara at the end of the book. After knowing her for just a few days, during most of which he was being mean to her. And with a 10 year age difference between them. I know a proposal or declaration of love is de rigueur for a romance, but it just seems too ridiculous and unrealistic to me (as if Furies living in your head isn’t, right?). Guess that’s why I don’t usually read romances.
Conclusion: Overall, I had hoped for a lot more vengeance and a lot less erotica from this book, but that was my fault for not reading the description carefully. There was a lot about this book I did like. I don’t think I’ll continue with the series, but if the author ever came out with an Urban Fantasy book, I’d certainly check it out.
If you like this book…
…you might try
- Bronwyn the Witch series by Candace Havens
- Triplet Witch Trilogy by Annette Blair
- Goddess with a Blade series by Lauren Dane