Top positive review
Well-Developed Fascinating Characters!
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2017
One of the first things you’ll notice about the novel, Good Intentions by Elliott Kay, is that there is a lot of sex in these pages. By a lot, I mean something like 30% of the book (maybe more) revolves around steamy action and the contemplation of steamy action. Usually when this happens in a novel I find myself skimming pages trying to get back to the plot, yet in this case, the sex actually is instrumental to the story.
Good Intentions is about a young college student named Alex who stumbles upon a weird crime while he is taking photographs for an art class in a cemetery in the middle of the night. Three men have brutalized and are about to start raping two women. Alex steps in to help them without realizing that the situation is much worse than he understands it to be. In the world of Good Intentions, magic is real and the would-be rapists are trying to bind an angel and a succubus to them through their black arts. Alex, thanks to his interference, accidentally receives the mystic bonds to the supernatural women.
Then things get weird. Rachel is a foul-mouthed angel looking to fight much more aggressively against the hordes of evil than the heavenly host currently favors. Lorelei is a three thousand year old evil temptress who is quite relieved to no longer be bound to her dark master. Alex is a basically good guy with a past that proves to be much more complicated than it would first appear. The binding of these three beings subtly changes the balance of supernatural power in the Seattle area and leads them and Alex’s friends into a salvation-or-damnation level fight with the local supernatural community.
What raises this book to five star quality is the excellent character development and the slow and credible character growth, especially of the succubus, Lorelei. It sneaks up on you, but the book is worth reading for that aspect of it alone. Add in the hard-driving action, excellent supporting cast, fantastic surprises and general high quality of the writing and you have a book that will make you very happy there are sequels waiting to be read.