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Nocturne Falls Universe story
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2017
Setting: Nocturne Falls, GA Contemporary
Genre: Paranormal romance
Lidia Reston, a witch, moved to Nocturne Falls from California in the hopes that she'll be able to find a way to stop losing her magic. She meets Harrison Grey, a werewolf unable to shift due to an injury, when he trips over the threshold of his souvenir shop and lands at her feet. There's instant attraction, but Harry (as Lidia calls him) is reluctant to get involved because women leave as soon as they learn his secret. They get beyond that conflict, but there are a couple of other ones, having to do with her witchy powers and his inability to shift.
This is a well written story as far as grammar, usage, and spelling go. The characters are likable and the premise, though not unique, is handled well. Where I have concerns has to do with Lidia. Is she independently wealthy? What does she do for work? Does she have family? The only thing we learn about her backstory is that she's from California, she left most of what she owns at her ex's place, she has a cat, she bought a house sight unseen, and she's losing her powers. Harry, on the other hand, is a bit more fully developed. He has a job (he owns a shop), he lives in an apartment over his store, he's a loner, a klutz, has chronic pain at the site of his injury, he attended boarding school in NY, then went to Cambridge, and his cousin is a bully. His mother passed away and he's been back in Nocturne Falls for around a year. There are two villains, one for each protagonist, but both Ned (Lidia's ex) and Jared (Harrison's cousin) are flat, one dimensional caricatures.
Despite the sense of incompleteness, if you enjoy Kristen Painter's Nocturne Falls series, this will feed the need until she publishes her next book.