Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Top Off Tuesday and Review: COLD IRON by D.L. McDermott
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I think I want my own Conn. And I probably wouldn't scream too loudly if a huge guy wielding a sword showed up in my bedroom in the middle of the night. At least not this one.
COLD IRON (Cold Iron #1) by D.L. McDermott
381 pages, ebook
Available February 10, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Star
The Fae, the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Aes Sídhe, creatures of preternatural beauty and seduction. Archaeologist Beth Carter doesn’t believe in them. She’s always credited her extraordinary ability to identify ancient Celtic sites to hard work and intuition—until today.
The tomb Beth has just discovered is the most complete Celtic burial she’s ever seen. Filled with ancient treasure, impossibly well-preserved, the burial has everything—except a body. Her ex-husband, the scholar who stifled her career to advance his own, is unconcerned. Corpses don’t fetch much on the antiquities market. Gold does. Beth knows from past experience that if she isn’t vigilant, Frank will make off with the hoard.
So when a man—tall, broad shouldered, and impossibly handsome—turns up in her bedroom claiming to be the tomb’s inhabitant, one of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the mythic god-kings of old Ireland, Beth believes it is a ploy cooked up by her ex-husband to scare her away from the excavation.
But Conn is all too real. Ancient, alien, irresistible, the Fae are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, their attentions so addictive their abandoned human lovers wither and die. And this one has fixed his supernatural desire on Beth.
Sadly, I didn't like this one nearly as much as I'd hoped. My overall impression? Kind of gloomy. Beth is used and abused (mostly verbally but the sleaze also drugged her and let his friend paw all over her) by her ex-husband, who steals her knowledge of hidden treasures and holds her career in his hands.
Conn is also dark and brooding, constantly thinking about the past and his losses (and there are lots of them, considering he's hundreds of years old). I don't think I'd invite this couple to my holiday party -- they're definitely party-poopers.
Not a bad read but this three-star book has been par for my reading course lately: less than I wanted and not what I expected. This book definitely sets itself up as the first in a PNR series...which might be good because the next heroine is much more spunky and interesting than poor, lackluster Beth (yeah, yeah, Beth taps her previously buried Druid heritage and has some crazy powers but...meh. I'm going to stick with my Iron Druid, Atticus, from Kevin Hearne's story. Much hotter. Much feistier.).
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