Kings of Mystic by S.C. York #Review

Two minutes.
It’s only taken this girl two minutes to bring me to my knees. A feat that a thousand girls have tried to do but failed and I don’t even know her name. Yet.
I shake my head in amazement and run a hand through my hair that drips with salt water. She flinches when a few drops land on her bare shoulders. My eyes lower and follow the white lines where the straps of her bikini hid her soft skin from the sun. I wonder how far down they go–I can’t wait to find out.

Sweetheart, I am about to turn your world upside down and take you on the ride of your life.
I take hearts.
I crush them.
I make them bleed.
I know that it’s fucked up, but it’s the only way that I know how to survive now.

Authors Note: This is a prequel novella to the Last Summer Girl, but can be read as a standalone.
MATURE SITUATIONS AND LANGUAGE 18++++!!!!

(3.5 Stars) While the blurb for this prequel novella says that it can be read as a standalone, I am not sure that is correct. I am not sure if my enjoyment of the story would have been fuller if I’d read the novel to which this is a sequel or not, but I really did not like the character of Ryan. There is a lot lost in the novella length especially with regards to fully fleshing out characters, and I think that is what happened in this case. Despite beginning the story feeling terrible for Ryan over the loss of his sister, Abby, throughout the rest of the story, he was nothing more than a caricature of a playboy and there was no real depth to his character. The storytelling was also a little disjointed and confusing and I think that the story would benefit from some serious editing and fleshing out. I also felt that the story ended on a sort-of cliffhanger which completely refutes the idea that it is a standalone novel. I feel that the story has a lot of potential and that potential might be realized in the novel for which it is a prequel. However, if an author wishes to tell the story before the story, as it were, there needs to be real reason for that prequel and it needs to be as full-fleshed out as the original, or the reader is going to feel cheated.

I think that I would enjoy the story in a more fully realized form, and would love to re-read it and re-review if that ever happens. The novella is intended for mature audiences only.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

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