Publisher: Peacock Deceiving a Suitcase
Series: Empathy in the PPNW #1
Why are there two monsters in Gwen Arthur's office?
She's just a therapist who likes reality TV, junk food, and not getting hit on by Mel, the werewolf PI who works in her building. By all accounts, these two creeps should want as little to do with her as she does with them. And yet somehow she finds herself standing next to her best friend Chloe, being asked to help rescue some missing kids, by two creatures she thought existed only in her nightmares.
She's gotta do it, right? What sort of jerk would just ignore a bunch of kidnapped children? Not this kind of jerk. Gwen may be a gluttonous coward whose only skill is reading the emotions of those around her, but she can shape up long enough to help save the lives of innocent kids. Even if it does force her to face her own fears, treat Mel like a decent person, and stop cramming cake in her mouth long enough to get it done.
Where to Find Elizabeth
Mixed Feelings was a fun read. If I had to sum it up in one word, I would say ‘quirky.’ It was a light, easy read with plenty of humor. Gwen Arthur is not the heroine type, and she basically stumbles through the story with the help of her friends. I liked that she didn’t ‘bravely’ rush in to challenge beings she didn’t understand; the author rightly had her see that doing so would be more idiotic than heroic. After all, the job of finding some missing children was forced on her. Detective was never her chosen vocation. She is an empath, so her profession as therapist makes perfect sense.
I love the relationship between Gwen and Chloe. They are best friends and they act like it. Gwen depends on Chloe (a mere human) and more often than not it is Chloe, armed with a gun, who saves the day. Kudos for writing two women with a genuine friendship and a real part in the story.
Finally, there was a scene at the end involving an enchanted fork that made me laugh. It was perhaps the best scene in the book. Mixed Feelings was worth reading just to get to that hilarious altercation. The author left plenty of loose ends dancing for the sequel, but Mixed Feelings was still wrapped up nicely as a story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I try to be inclusive, realistic (insofar as you can be when you write about werewolves, mercenaries, fairies, and a cake-addicted empath), and entertaining. If you like silly and sarcastic, fun and farce, check me out!
I live just outside of Seattle with a clowder of cats and a stink of litterboxes. I enjoy vexing cats, taking long walks, eating vegan food, cooking vegan food, and watching cheesy, big budget movies where people answer questions like, "Who should we call?" with a gruff and overly serious, "Everyone." I also enjoy making up collective nouns for things that don't already have them, like a spootle of Ruperts and a stink of litterboxes.
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