I hope you guys are doing well this lovely Saturday. I will be reading all day but I had to come here this morning to share a new review.
“Holding out for a Hero“, written by T. E. Kessler, is a Science-fiction romance, the first novel in the Jelvia: Not Human series.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and T. E. Kessler for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When she was a child, her mother was murdered and subconsciously ever since, journalist Macy Shaw has been searching for a hero.
She found one, but the hero she found was a Jelvia.
Undeterred, she used her connections to go after the biggest story of her life.
Narcifer saved a woman by merely being a Jelvia—his presence causing terror and making the assailants flee.
And it amused him when his “heroism” created a national stir, so when a pretty little red-head asked to interview him for a story, Narcifer felt compelled to grant it to her, especially when she gave all the signals that she wanted more than a story.
However, on the night Narcifer inadvertently became a hero, he had been tracking a scientist with orders to kill, and strangely no matter where Narcifer’s line of investigation took him, his search always brought back to the red-headed journalist, Macy Shaw.
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Author Content Warning: Themes of the sexual and violent nature. Over 18 only.
About the Author
Tina Kessler writes steamy romance for the 18+ market and is the pen name of Louise Wise.
Louise Wise is a British author from the Midlands in England. Her debut novel is the acclaimed sci-fi romance titled EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013.
Forthcoming, JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series is themed on the above Eden and Hunted books.
- HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO book 1
- SURVIVING HER DOMINANT book 2
- SPIDER book 3 will be released late spring, 2020.
Wise took the decision to write under the name of T. E Kessler for her JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series to separate them from her regular novels to the mature material. Her other works include:
- Eden (sci-fi romance) – slight sex references
- Hunted (sci-fi romance) slight sex references
- A Proper Charlie (romantic comedy)
- Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! (dark, comedy romance)
- Wide Awake Asleep (time travel, romance)
Wise enjoys writing comedy and finds a place for it in ALL her books. She has written numerous short stories for women’s magazines such as Take a Break and Woman’s Own.
This was the first book I have ever read of this author, and when I saw that it was a sci-fi romance I knew I had to give it a shot and I quite enjoyed it. It wasn’t a Sci-fi novel as one would expect, since most people think of the genre as containing alien invasions or battleships in a intergalactic war, but it had certain sci-fi elements.
I was very intrigued about the differences of T.E. Kessler’s Earth and our own reality. Especially with the fact that birth rates for humans are falling and those of Jelvias keep rising. That creates lots of possibilities in the future, and makes us wonder about the future.
In this book we follow Macy, a journalist fascinated by the Jelvias (a humanoid species that are stronger, faster and venomous). As we are taken on a journey, we discover more about the other species of non-humans. And of course, since it’s a romance, quite a steamy one, we get to meet Narcifer, a Jelvia man, and be as curious about our hero as Macy is.
There was a lot that I love about the book. It had a good balance in terms of pace and a good dose of mystery. Hell, I’m still wondering about the Jelvian society since it wasn’t fully explored in this book. It is the first novel and we are just getting and introduction and seeing some points about that part of world, so it’s perfectly acceptable to leave some things unanswered for now, because that makes me want to read more of this series.
I loved all the characters, especially Courtney to be honest. Also, I was very fascinated about the Jelvias, especially at the ending, that definitely left me wondering about the all society and the truth behind their actions.
Another element I loved about the story were the unexpected moments. Without giving spoilers, there were some moments that I could see where they were going to end up, and others that I did not see coming. That was something that made so focus on the book that I couldn’t put it down and didn’t even realized it was four am when I finished the book. One of those nights reading that I don’t regret at all!
Overall, it was a enjoyable read and I’m curious to read the next one so I can find out were that story is going to go, and what else is going to change in the entire world. If you want to read a sci-fi novel that has some erotic moments and some kinky scenes (as Narce would say), then this may be a good book for you.
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