Title: Prodigal Son
Author: Debra Mullins. She is the author of several historical romance novels, including A Necessary Husband.
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Readers: Stay at home moms Shawna and Sarah L., developmental editor Aryooki.
Summary: Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and verycute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.
Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way.
Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.
Our Take: So it’s not the best writing in the world, our readers agree that they wanted a stronger narrative. And it’s definitely coming from a romance writer, so you should be prepared for out-of-nowhere sex scenes. But our readers thought the concept was good and 2 out of 3 are up for the rest of the books in the series.
I enjoyed Prodigal Son. I liked the way the characters developed, even if they were slightly predictable. I enjoyed the was the story panned out, even though, again, it was predictable. There were some sexual scenes that came from left field and were completely unnecessary to the story line. I really loved the family aspects of this story, along with the bit of “skeletons in the closet” mystery that every family has, theirs is just on a much more massive scale.
I did not find this book to be out of this world wonderful, but I also can’t pinpoint anything that specifically made it bad, per se. I would probably reread the book, if I needed something to fill time. I would definitely read a sequel, as it would be interesting to see how this story unfolds.
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I wanted to like Prodigal Son. The idea of Atlanteans with psychic powers living among us sounded really interesting, and with the bounty hunter, the wayward stepbrother, and the sweet, vulnerable computer programmer in the mix, it could have been great. Sadly, the reality is that the book was incredibly generic and not particularly well-written. The story was somewhat interesting but too predictable, and the incredibly bad similes were very off-putting and had me rolling my eyes all too frequently. The characters were not very well-developed. There were a few explicit passages that didn’t really serve any purpose and didn’t add anything to the story. I really can’t recommend this book.
I took one look at the cover of the Prodigal Son and said to myself, “Now this is going to be some good quality smut.” Though it took a while, the book did deliver on it’s promise of decent smut, and it introduced an interesting concept in the process. I thought that the idea of Atlanteans descended from Seers with psychic powers was original and compelling. I read a lot of this kind of book and there was something refreshing about a main character in this type of world with these kinds of powers who is male. I mean, I’m all for the strong female lead, but for me, this was something new.
Having said that though, this was not my favorite book. The book is not terribly well-written with enough drag that I admit to putting it down for a couple of days several times. There just wasn’t that tight, tense, driven action that you typically get with urban fantasy. The main character repeats himself often, and I found my fingers itching for my red editors pen to cut out sections of dialog and repetitive description. The main female lead comes across as a little one sided and way too hung up on her own issues and yet she jumps into things that are completely counter to her personality with little to no thought. The main plot line will be familiar for anyone who reads urban fantasy. Someone is chasing someone else because they have something the other one wants. The main character has to keep himself and his powers hidden from the normals. Nothing too original there. However, I found the powers, mythology, and world interesting enough that I would read future books set in this world with these characters and I will be looking out for sequels. I would recommend this book to urban fantasy fans with the caveat that it is not the best example of the genre. However if you’ve never read urban fantasy before, don’t start with this book.
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