Saturday, October 30, 2010

Untouched Places

Title: Untouched Places
Author: Grace Meadows
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-936394-02-9
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary, Paranormal
Rating: 2 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Why can’t life be like an erotic romance novel? Ruth Arnison has to escape to her fantasies to get any pleasure these days. What else can she do when her boyfriend Ray won’t commit and seems more interested in his sports than scoring with her? When she finds out the truth about Ray’s neglect, Ruth takes the first bus out of there, and straight into the arms of an Icelandic God. Things are looking up for our frustrated female but all is not what it seems. When strange goings-on threaten her very sanity, Ruth might just need her story-telling powers to save her.

I wanted very much to like Untouched Places but unfortunately things just didn’t seem to gel in this story. Ruth is an interesting character with a very vivid imagination but I couldn’t really connect with her feelings about her relationship with Ray. The intended awfulness of Ray’s character and Ruth’s subsequent exit from the relationship was laid bare very quickly and without much emotional impact. Once Ruth has moved on to Torfi, the man who whisks her away to Iceland, her past troubles are never mentioned again, leaving me very despondent to her plight. I did like the idea of a story within a story as Ruth gets the opportunity to entertain those around her with tales of paranormal entities originating from Iceland but I just felt the plot was too confusing, jumping from one situation to the next without clear reasoning. There were ideas with real potential here but in my opinion, they were touched upon far too briefly to really satisfy.


The Sweater Curse said...

Thank you for this review.

Rose said...

You're welcome. In my humble opinion there is potential in a lot of aspects of this story.