Book Review – True Knight by Patricia Logan

Prosper Woods Chronicles 0.5
Publisher: Westburg Publishing
Pages: 120
Characters: Romeo/Vincent
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Blurb:
My name is Romeo Harmon and I’m the new sheriff of Prosper Woods, a small California town smack dab in the middle of the sequoia forest. People around here tell me the town hasn’t changed a whole hell of a lot since power lines and telephones were installed. It’s a quaint place with a movie theater that shows the old classics, a saloon with a decent choice of beer, a general store with a grumpy old coot behind the till, a gas station with a pimply young mechanic, and a bed and breakfast that attracts tourists and vacation money.

I think I’m gonna like it here.

My name is Vincent Lasco. I’ve searched a long time to find a new place to settle down. Because of what I am, I need to pull up stakes and start over every twenty years or so—before people realize that I don’t age anymore. Prosper Woods has everything a man like me could ever want. Though there aren’t many humans, it doesn’t really matter. I’m so old, I don’t need to eat very often and there’s no reason to expose myself to the locals whom I hope to call friends some day.

I think I’m gonna like it here.

There’s newcomers in town. Prosper Woods is a nice place as long as you’re passing through. I wonder how long these folks will stay once they find out what’s really going on here. Somehow…

I don’t think they’re gonna like it here.

(True Knight is the prequel to the Prosper Woods Chronicles and includes an excerpt from True Mate, the first book in the new series)

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Review

I particularly liked the setup and world building in this story by this new to me author. Both the MCs don’t follow any stereotypes in their world, and I loved the twist about Romeo. This is just the beginning of their relationship and the story as it’s a prequel and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Prosper Woods is wonderfully small quirky town, and I’m intrigued by the glimpses of its inhabitants, and the hint of the area and world’s rich history. I want to see how Romeo adjusts to his new reality, and what some of the other characters are. Some have been revealed, yet not others, which leaves some fun and drama for the rest of the series as everything unfolds.

I loved Vincent’s backstory, and I hope we see a bit more of his history. A vampire setting up as an antiques dealer is a brilliant idea, and I liked the slightly different take on vampires, werewolves etc. I liked that Romeo had a very real reaction to finding out the truth about Vincent, and then how his curiosity takes over.

The letters to the editor of the local newspaper are a fun mix of weird and amusing, and I’d love to know if they tie into actual events in the town.

I loved Sid, and hope to see more of him. Ditto with Sally. I thought this novella was a great set up for the series, with enough to tantalise and hint at what’s to come.

4.5 stars out of 5.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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