I must be in a minority of one, if E. Lowell's books are so very popular. What does she or her readers have against a female protagonist with strength, depth or any kind of character? Granted, these books are fantasy and can't be taken as anything other that fantasy, but do women really fantasize about being morons with no spine? Is there a heroine in any one of Lowell's books who doesn't have a phobia due to one incident in which they were in danger in their past? Honestly, do most women really dream about being weak kneed, lily livered cowards? I guess they must, since books like Lowell's seem to be all the publishers will toss off the assembly line.
However, I'm writing this review (and giving the book 2 stars) because there was one bright spot in it. For once, Lowell has written a hero with charm, humor and appeal, unlike the cardboard cutouts in the other books in this series. Man, was that guy sexy and cute. Of course, it wouldn't be a Lowell book if the hero didn't protect the heroine without her knowledge (because, every one knows women are not to be trusted to protect themselves, they don't have the brain power and are too emotional to deal with a stressful situation with any kind of toughness). In spite of that, I like Walker and wish Lowell would try to flesh out other characters as well. And please, if you're reading this, Elizabeth, please try to get beyond the damsel in distress syndrome. It's so very tired, and surely you and your publishers realize there are women like me in this world. Women who actually fantasize about a man who can fall in love with a strong, skilled and confident woman.