I can’t believe how much I am loving Sully now!
I love that this book picked up five years after the last book in the Goddess Isles series and that we are seeing Sullivan and Eleanor (Sully and Jinx) Sinclair as a married couple who are devoted to the care and rehab of animals that were abused and tested on. In earlier books, Sully’s love of animals and his need to provide them with a home and rehabilitation was the only redeeming quality he had, and it ended up being the thing that allowed him to see Jinx as a person that was worthy of love. So it is nice to see this at the start of the book.
Sully and Jinx’s relationship with the two caique parrots Pika and Skittles was something that provided quite a bit of comic relief in the previous books, but also more than a few endearing moments that will most definitely keep these books in my memory for quite some time. The birds also appeared in the story. However, you do NOT have to read any of the preceding books in order to read this book because all references to the past were very well explained.
Though I must say, if you do read this and plan to read the first five books, you will know some of the things that happened. Not that you couldn’t guess Sully and Jinx would end up together. However references are made to things that occurred in the series that I found fun to find out about as they happened and I wouldn’t want to know in advance.
What I liked about this novella was that it was like a mini vacation. It was a fantasy, and was certainly sizzling (🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥) but it was just that, no conflict, no being hunted, chased or even arguing about anything back and forth. And it didn’t get too romantically sappy like the endings of some books after the conflict has been resolved or the bad guys have been taken care of. It was just nice.
The biggest conflict was the fact that Sully and Eleanor had to leave their island and be around people. Which is actually just like I would be if I lived on a beautiful paradise like they do. However, it was nice seeing them in a civilized setting like the masquerade ball they attend at Sully’s friend Jethro Hawk’s house. We meet Jethro and his wife Nila, from the Indebted series, which I now can’t wait to read after hearing that Jethro is sort of a cross between an empath and someone who can read minds. This was just a nice story all around.