Abbey MacMunn explores a trope that is starting to feel a bit overdone to me — fated love — in her new book Violet Souls. I have a hard time reconciling the jaded and tired voice of Bree Mills with the wide-eyed acceptance that fated love requires. I will admit that Bree does seem to fight it, but it just feels like a sort of betrayal of the character to have her not have a choice. I will admit that the fated love aspect sort of overshadowed the rest of the book and made it more difficult for me to get into it.
Violet Souls is a well written book with great pacing. There is action from the beginning, with Bree nearly getting kidnapped almost immediately. However, I feel like the ‘connection’ between Bree and Quinn gets in the way of truly good world and story development. He knows when she’s in trouble before they have even really met…I get frustrated when a connection like this is used to simply explain away anything (including a fairly savvy woman going into a hotel room with a strange man).
I spent most of this book unsure how I felt about it, in general. I liked that it involved aliens rather than werewolves (because PNR is super prevalent, but sci-fi is still a breaking area)…but I felt like there could have been more development in general. Overall, it’s a pretty good read with a romance that has a lot of background in the characters. The action is well written and has good pacing. MacMunn does a good job of moving the story along and it flowed well. Overall, 3.5 stars.
Violet Souls, book 1 The Evoxian Legacies
While searching for clues to her past, shy single mum, Bree Mills discovers a subculture of aliens with supernatural abilities living on Earth.
And she’s one of them.
Finding herself hurled into a world of possibilities, it’s made more alluring by Quinn Taylor, the violet-eyed Evoxian from her childhood dreams.
324-year-old Quinn knows his destiny is entwined with Bree’s, but before he can confess his love, he must wait for her to sense the Akui, a mysterious force tied with ancient Evoxian law.
At a Cotswolds country manor, passions awaken and ignite a love more magical than the once-Utopian planet, Evox. Then Fate delivers a cruel and heart-breaking blow when Bree is kidnapped by a malicious alien who wants her and her power.
Will Quinn still love her when she’s faced with protecting her half-human daughter… whatever the cost?
Abbey MacMunn writes paranormal and fantasy romance. She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband and their four children.
When she’s not writing, she likes to watch films and TV shows – anything from rom-coms to superheroes to science fiction movies. She is a proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.