Fire melts rock.
Water quenches fire.
Ice freezes water.
—The elemental demon version of rock, paper, scissors
Murders, unexplained fires, Industrial espionage and walking myths meant my first days as Chancellor of everything paranormal were packed and stressful.
A rushed marriage, a forced trip back to an Alabama law school and the wakening of a terrible race long thought dead meant my first days as a married elemental demon were full and terrifying.
Tossing in the werewolf Grand Master, the General for the Earth Sprite King and murderous family members means I have the makings of a new, Mystic War on my hands.
Now, to convince my Chancellor husband that something needs to be done…
What I liked: Connie Suttle was one of the first authors I had read whose books has a somewhat Sci-Fi element. I had never really enjoyed Sci-Fi until I read her books. She is aces at developing a storyline that will draw the reader in and keep you glued to the pages.
Your Money's Worth is a bit different. I felt like I entered the story at book 2 but the way Ms Suttle develops her series, I know I will eventually get the backstories on the characters involved. And speaking of characters, there are a lot of them, both paranormal and human. The story is told from multiple POVs, so make sure who is writing what when you read Your Money's Worth.
Cassie is similar to Ms Suttle's other female leads in that, the people around her either use her or take her for granted until it's almost too late. Cassie isn't afraid to get mad about it but she doesn't voice her angst either. Like a lot of women I know and have admired, Cassie just knuckles down and does what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. Cassie "feels" a bit needier than previous leads but I think most of that is her age. I get a slightly New Adult vibe from her but the other characters are a bit older.
The men in the story including one of the leads, Parke Worth, just make me want to reach out pop them in the head with my hand. Kinda like, "hey, you, wake up before it's too late!” I enjoy that the male characters don't have all the answers and aren't necessarily smart/sensitive enough to make the fast, hard decisions and the females are.
Your Money's Worth is a fast read. Believe me, you will not want to put it down. From action scene to action scene, I was holding my breath. I've read so many of Ms. Suttle's books, I know something I don't expect to happen, will. I never know where her story or characters are going to take me.
What I didn't like: This wasn't a problem for me but...other readers might find the number of characters and so many POVs hard to keep up with but if you've read any of Ms Suttle's previous books/series, you know there will be many and varied characters.
Now, here's my big question about the Seattle Elemental Series, will it tie into the other books or is it its own standalone series? We'll just have to wait and see what the author has in store for us!