Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Transforming Love by Debra Smith

"Transforming Love:
A Koning Clan Novel"

by Debra Smith


Published August 25, 2012 by Debra Smith
Kindle Edition from Amazon - ­­­­65 Pages
Nook Edition from Barnes & Noble not available at this time

Digital Copy Received Directly From Author
For Review & Discussion


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Excerpt from Goodreads:
Jenny never expected her thirst for freedom to lead to her capture. Family secrets prevent her from running from the only man tempting enough to make her submit to her body's desires.

Gryph is dark, sexy, and determined to win Jenny in the Slag, a contest revered by his kind. As the leader of his Clan he's used to getting his way, until her. Can he give Jenny her freedom while winning her heart?


My Review:
For a short story, I really enjoyed Transforming Love. The characters are very likable and the story is easy to read. The plot is a good one and it would've made a great, more descriptive, full length novel in my eyes.

It's a really fast read so there are a few set backs that every reader has to keep in mind. Since it's such a short story, the author doesn't have time to really build a connection between the readers and the characters; however, I felt like Debra Smith did a good job for 65 pages.  I loved Gryph even though I didn't have a strong connection with him that could've been more possible with a longer novel. Jenny is a great female character. I have a hard time generally with female leads because most of them end up annoying me. Jenny didn't at all. Maybe that's in part to the story being short but the way that Debra portrays Jenny, I'm pretty sure she would've been a strong lead in my eyes even if this was a long novel. With paranormal romances, this one involving shifters, background means alot. With the story being so short, you get thrown information quickly so there isn't any "easing" you into it. It's a "BAM, BAM, BAM!" sort of novel. One hit after another.

The "bad guy" in the book isn't built upon but you still know he's a bad guy. Kane automatically gives you the creeps even though his introduction to the story is a short one.

This book is an adult paranormal read so there are sex scenes not appropriate for younger readers. These scenes were lightly hot and greatly written. With an attractive male & female character, this put the cherry on top so to speak.

The last few chapters surprised me. I enjoyed the way the story ended and it would've been quite emotional had this been a really long novel. There are time lapses between events that you have to catch quickly. For instance, Jenny has to wait on Gryph to "come back to her" for four months. This four month gap appears in a matter of 1 page.

Overall, I would recommend this book to readers looking for a quick shifter romance. It's an enjoyable, short, easy-to-read romance.


My Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Cover Rating:  3.5 Stars (for a cover created by the author, it's pretty good
Main Characters: 4.5 Stars
Plot:  4 Stars
Climax: 3 Stars (since it's such a short book, there's little explanation to what's going on during the climax but had this been a fully written scene, I'm sure it would've been nail biting)
Ending:  4 Stars



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