Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Jessica Rules the Dark Side

Jessica Rules the Dark Side
Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jessica and Luc are married and Jessica is getting used to life as a princess! Some duties are tougher than others. Like carrying out the death sentence after a trial. But Mindy is able to come for a visit which should help with the transition…except for the fact that one of the Elders and also one of Luc’s Uncles is murdered with a possession of Luc’s. So guess who is suspect #1. Yep, Luc ends up in Solitary while Jessica, Mindy and Luc’s BFF Raniero try to discover what really happened and why.

This was a complete departure from the first book…more mystery than romance. I didn’t like it as well as the first book because I was able to call who did it very early on even if I didn’t know all the whys until later. The whole Luc in Solitary where he can’t get the sustenance he needed was unnecessary. I would think the author could have found some more reasonable plot device to light a fire under Jessica’s butt and pull her out of her pity party. There just wasn’t enough to drive the story, which was a disappointment after Dating on the Dark Side.

Regardless, it was fun to see Luc and Jess together in a less adversarial situation, their romance was yummy, or maybe it was Luc who was yummy. They are a good balance against each other. The addition of Mindy was a hoot cuz girl calls it like she sees it and she was instrumental in seeing things Jess just couldn’t. And while there was some romance between Mindy and Raniero, there just wasn’t enough. Which is how the whole book really felt…just not enough. Not enough romance, tension, suspense, etc. Here’s hope that if Fantaskey continues with Jessica that she can kick it up a notch.

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