Book Review: Heartless: A Paranormal Romance by Gena Showalter

In Heartless the first in a new series called Immortal Enemies, once again Gena Showalter has crafted a new world for readers to immerse themselves into. A world steeped in fairytale myth and fantasy but with a darker twist.

What’s It About?

Kaysar has had a poor start in life since losing his parents and being left to fend for himself in the streets. After witnessing an atrocity, he is locked away and tortured. Hate grows and festers in his heart and after breaking free he grows to become the feared fae King of Midnight, the Unhinged One, who can drive anyone to madness with his song. Vowing to exact his revenge on those who tortured him, Kaysar abducts his foe’s bride hoping to hurt him by seducing her into his bed. But before he can put his plan into action she is gravely injured and escapes into the mortal realm!

Chantel “Cookie” Bardot is an avid professional gamer whose greatest skills include trash-talking and avoiding social interaction. Unfortunately she has gained these skills due to her having a bad heart and having to be sheltered to avoid damaging it further.

When Cookie finally gets her long awaited heart transplant, she realizes she has more than a new heart but strange new powers as well that catapult her into a new world. It is here she finds herself pursued by Kaysar who will stop at nothing to discover why this mystery woman reminds him of his foe’s bride and if she can be used to help him exact his revenge.

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed the way Showalter decided to develop this romantic pair. Their dynamic is tastefully paced and comical at times. There were more realistic moments of not forcing their desire or feelings for one another as well as being honest about men not being complete fantasy or totally in touch with their feelings. The world was a new take on some of the familiar elements of fantasy that we are used to and this gave it an original feel. Cookie was my favorite character since she was relatable and not the typical damsel in distress. The ending was satisfying in some of the best ways!

Overall Impression

If you’re a gamer that has longed to experience what it would be like to live in your favorite virtual world and experience the joy of getting busy with the hottest character in that world, look no further than this book! (But really even if you aren’t a gamer, this is a world you definitely have to experience by reading this book.)

Paranormal Romance | Erotic | Fantasy | RPG | Gamer | Fairies | Magic | Strong Female Lead

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