Review by Kristal
Book Blurb: Living in New York City, Penelope Trudeau has seen a lot of weird stuff-but nothing like the insane redhead who accosts her with a wild proposition. Penelope will get a million dollars if she has a baby with the strange woman’s brother. With her mother dying from a mysterious disease, Penelope can use the money. Yet the terrified waitress is adamant that her womb and eggs are not for sale . . . until she meets her intended mate. He’s impressively built, gorgeous, and red-hot, literally. He’s a freaking immortal Sun God.
For thousands of years, Kinich (Nick to his friends) didn’t believe in fraternizing with humans, so procreating with them is definitely a no-no. But after one sizzling encounter with the beautiful, passionate Penelope, Nick begins to think he was wrong . . . until he realizes meeting Penelope was just another one of his crazy sister’s schemes at manipulation. But now that he has Penelope in his life, he can’t let her go. Especially because doing so means throwing her into the hands of his dangerous enemies.
Here’s what I thought: I have mixed feelings about the third installment in Pamfiloff’s Accidentally Yours series. Written in first person from both the hero and heroine’s POV, the reader is deluged with Penelope’s internal dialog to schizophrenic proportions. This appears to be more of character trait intrinsic to Penelope because Kinich (aka Nick) did not rapid-fire his internalizations. Nor were his internal thought as cliché as Penelope’s stream of consciousness. There were times where the Penelope’s mental asides were funny, but overall I found them campy, intrusive, and disruptive.
However, the story, itself, is quite clever. An under-employed woman with a terminally ill mother is offered enough money to pay for her mother’s treatments (which would save her life) and allow Penelope to finish college. All she has to do is become a surrogate for a man she’s never met. Think Indecent Proposal meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, sort of. Nick isn’t a vampire, he’s a Sun God, and smokin’ hot. Literally. He can’t have sex with a human woman without a special necklace to mute his power because he’d light her on fire. And not in the orgasmic way.
There’s a plethora of lively characters who add pizzaz to the plot. Speaking of plot, everything the author introduces leads to something else. No extraneous threads to unravel. Although, I did find the prologue out-of-place because it is a future event that will occur later in the story and is in a non-POV character’s POV.
My biggest contention is Sun God Seeks . . . Surrogate is supposed to be a romance. Penelope and Nick do have a great romantic arc and they head fast and furious toward a happily ever after. But, and it’s a very big BUT~
After he loses his immortality and sacrifices himself to save Penelope and all of humanity,
Nick freaking dies!
I’m not sure if the author channeled Nicholas Sparks when she wrote that scene, but if I had a paperback in my hand, rather than my iPad, . . .
In the final pages, a vampire attempts to save Nick by biting him. My hope for a HEA skyrocketed and exploded into a million tiny pieces when Penelope laid her ear against Nick’s chest and heard no heartbeat and saw no breath.
And then, the fatal final words: TO BE CONTINUED
The entire series lost me at that point. I read romance, particularly paranormal romances, because I need the hero and heroine to grasp their HEA. That is my expectation for any romance novel and Sun God Seeks … Surrogate didn’t deliver. In this installment.
Honestly, the overall story itself (except the end) really did charm me. I read it from start to finish and nothing in it made me want to put the book down, until the last scene. The author has a catchy voice, a great imagination, and she crafted an intriguing tale.
It is possible that Nick and Penelope will get their HEA in the continuation. If they do, I hope someone will let me know.
NOTE: I read an uncorrected proof, so I’m not sure what—if anything changed in the final edits.
What are your thoughts on Romances that end with a less than happily ever after?
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 90,000 words / 300 pages
Book Format: eBook and paperback
Publisher & Imprint: Grand Central / Forever
Blush Quotient: Pink
SG rating: 3
Author Scoop: Check out Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s website for her latest news and releases.
This book was provided by the publisher via Net Galley for an honest review. No other compensation was offered or received.