Mercy Herrera’s daily life is a well-ordered machine. Between work, volunteering, and finishing her degree, she doesn’t have room for distractions. So when a dangerously seductive stranger sweeps into her life promising the solutions to all her problems, Mercy doesn’t have time for his antics. Not until mysterious forces upend her world–the kind her rational mind tell her can’t possibly exist.
Infamous thief, James Hook knows all about chaos. Back in the Fae Realm, he wove enough trouble to earn himself a one-way ticket to exile. Now he’s been banished to a world without magic, and his only hope of getting back home hinges on stealing the heart of the one woman who seems immune to his charm.
But when a simple mistake turns into a disaster, the pair are thrust into the fight of their lives, and forced to make a gut-wrenching decision–risk their hearts, or stand alone against fate.
Part thrilling fantasy, part romantic comedy, and filled with plenty of action, HOOK is the first novel in the Exiles of the Realm paranormal romance series.
Mercy has struggled and actually still is but works hard to pursue her dreams. What she doesn't need is obnoxious males making her working day any harder! Well okay, James with the dazzling blue eyes is kind of hot but why is he just so persistent? Mercy may not believe in fairy tales but she's about to take a crash course in magic and all the dangers that can go with it!
Adrienne Bell is a new author to me and I really enjoyed her different approach. James isn't the only guy from the Fae Realm that shows up in Hook and it's easy to see that the author has at least five stories planned in this series. It's nothing like Neverland and indeed, we see heroes and anti-heroes from numerous tales, myths, and legends in play here with I'm pretty sure a big bad wolf set to star in his own book pretty soon. For now, though it's all about James and Mercy who get off to a pretty rocky start but for me that was half the fun as Mercy isn't exactly overwhelmed by the charms of James. Still he gets to show her he's not quite as one dimensional as he appears and James may not realise it, but there's a heart beating in his chest that can be quite romantic at times. Yes, James is mercenary but he's also brave and about to discover that home is where you make it!
Hook worked well as a paranormal romance without being excessively steamy. I thought the ending a little rushed but really enjoyed the supporting characters and frankly can't wait to read more about Mercy’s very snarky best friend. I foresee lots of possibilities for the series and will happily look out for more by Ms Bell.
I voluntarily read a copy of Hook from NetGalley and my opinions are solely my own and honest.