A Good Year

Tara Fox Hall
A Good Year
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Melange Books
Release Date
February 2017
Book 1 of Unhallowed Love
Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance

There's no heaven, like hell. . .

Faced with losing Pandora Productions as well as her best friend Rebecca to the smarmy Paul, savvy film executive Debbie makes a pact with the demon Shaker, agreeing to bind herself to him as his human master in return for killing Paul and securing Pandora's future. Yet even as Pandora gains accolades and renown, Debbie's strong resolve begins to crumble under the weight of her actions. And the pleasure she finds in Shaker's arms is becoming more than sex.

Is Debbie doomed to lose her heart as well as her soul to a demon who has only been waiting for the chance to claim both?

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Sep 28, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
68 people found the following review helpful
A GOOD YEAR by Tara Fox Hall was unexpected. To start, for me, the story didn't match the description. While, yes, it did, to a degree...there's so much more going on. As you read this story, which you will because you'll want to, keep in mind the questions: What would you do to save what's most important to you? How far would you go? How would you respond if you were having misgivings but couldn't stop?

As the description states: Debbie is fighting to save Pandora Productions and get her best friend back. In order to do so, she willingly engages in an unsavory act that backfires. So, she makes a deal with a demon, Shaker. What transpires is A GOOD YEAR, as Debbie is faced with making decisions to save her company while not becoming complicit in a series of unexplained murders/suicides.

My likes/dislikes about the story are the same. I didn't like Debbie and a week after having read the story, I'm still tossed about it. Let me backtrack. Recently in a reading group, an author posed the question asking how we would react if the author intentionally wrote the H or h in a story as completely unlikable. Would we still read the book? The responses were mixed, as are my feelings on it. It would depend on the story. In this case, Debbie needs to be unlikable. As readers, we would be incensed if Ms. Hall wrote her any other way (as in, victim). The character needs to be ruthless, even if her misgivings permeate her thoughts.

At the same time, there's a budding romance growing. It is most definitely not one of those insta-attractions that permeate so many stories, this one grows at a leisurely pace and while we might want to think of it as unconventional, it really isn't. More importantly, we are left with the original question: What would you do?

A GOOD YEAR is book 1 in the Unhallowed Love Series.
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