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Tribute: Children of the Sidhe ~ One, J.R. Pearse Nelson

Tribute (Children of the Sidhe)

A Fresh Idea From Pearse Nelson

The first novella in the Children of the Sidhe series.

Hazel Fintan is the reluctant daughter of the Irish love god, Aengus. As much as she loves the Sidhe lifestyle, with baubles and leisure galore, she’s never cared for her father’s world. So who could expect her to be happy when she’s drawn into a conflict with a legendary race over an impossible tribute?

The tribute may be what brought them together, but Ian MacIlroy knows destiny when it stares him in the face with stunning green eyes and a gorgeous smile. Now he has a new mission. Hazel will be his, at any cost.
My Thoughts...

Tribute houses aspects I applaud as well as those I regret.  Pearse Nelson crafts a terrific premise in her novella, Tribute, earning a favorable mention from this Broad.  Owing a tribute to beings of the Fae - and the resulting drama produced when unable to deliver, made for an intriguing conflict - one I've not encountered before.  Kudos to Nelson for bringing the hero, Ian into Hazel's life so creatively.  However, Nelson's characterization of Hazel and Ian was rather flat, denying this reader a chance to connect emotionally with either the hero or heroine.  This missing component dampened my enthusiasm and hindered my enjoyment of Tribute.  Another problem was the lack of complex sentence structure and near absence of heartfelt, meaningful dialogue.  Tribute would WOW with these additional facets to Nelson's solid storyline. 

On the positive side, Tribute isn't a mere repeat of your 'run-of-the-mill' Fae story.  It holds a unique and interesting take on a popular topic.  Nelson clearly thought out her worlds with attention to detail.  Her middleworld and underworlds kept me wanting more, more, more, and the wide variation of creature, habitat, and rules in each realm was well done. 
Both the beautiful and grotesque were expressed without imposing goodness or evil on either side of the equation; I like this immensely!  Tribute is an easy read.  It has enough going for it that I loaded Vessel, the next in the series to my Kindle. 

Overall Rating - 3/5 stars
Storyline - 4/5
Hero - 2/5
Heroine - 2/5
World Building - 4/5
Romance/Erotica Heat - 3/5



~ Moira

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