I want more of this series!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌍
Character development: 😳☺️🤫😍🥰
The heroine(s): Pie – she never knew her father and was abandoned as a young child by her mother when she wouldn’t admit her best friend Pia (a talking bird that only she could see) wasn’t real. She was institutionalized and diagnosed as a schizophrenic at six years old. Once she learned to lie, she grew up in foster care.
The Hero: Pell – a Saytr Chimera (half man, half satyr). He is the Monster of St. Marks. He is thousands of years old and has been cursed by the old gods who were at war with each other. He is stuck at St. Marks and needs a caretaker (slave) to serve him and help break the curse.
The Story: Pie is on the road and leaves a college halloween party she stopped at along the way, still dressed as a naughty schoolgirl when she sees a bulletin at a gas station for a job as caretaker at St. Marks Sanctuary. Her “imaginary” bird Pia has a bad feeling about it, but Pie insists on applying for the job.
Things I liked:
* Grumpy monster hero with a big package
* Spunky heroine who doesn’t take any gruff
* Ability to write the word “money” on a piece of paper and buy things
* Rooms that open to different worlds
* Hookah truth or dare
The narration was done by Jason Clarke and Hathaway Lee and they do a great job. I have said it before but I love Jason Clarke’s deep sexy voice and Hathaway Lee did a fine job as the plucky young woman who is Pie Vita.
There are a bunch of awesome and whimsical characters in this book. Aside from Pie, Pell and Pia, There is Grant (the former caretaker), Russ Roth (the local sheriff), Thomas (the sexy guy who also lives at the sanctuary), and Tarq (Pell’s best friend, a Minotaur) who is also cursed and trapped at St. Marks.
The story is super steamy, utterly engaging and wonderfully whimsical. There is magic, mystery and a whole lot of fun. I definitely want more of this series. I want tales of all the magical and cursed creatures of St. Marks sanctuary.
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