I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Challenge by Sharon Karaa
Series: Northern Witches #1
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Romance
I thought I was normal, I really did, aside from the fact I had a penchant for naming the many facets of my personality. I was unlucky, I'll grant you, but other than that, just your average twenty-five year old virgin. Then my long dead ancestor turned up with a four-hundred year appetite, a passion for G-strings, and a scorching hot, male witch in tow. Throw in an unadulterated bitch of a familiar, three spirits baying for my blood, a six inch tall Geordie man, and my best friend Selina, and before you could say
A wickedly feisty read with potential
Sharon Karaa’s The Last Challenge has potential. The story is a mix of elements that range from humorous to sexy to straight-up odd. Some parts didn’t quite work out, in my opinion, while others I quite liked.
Lauren is a twenty-five-year-old computer programmer who hasn’t found Mr. Right – or Mr. Right Now, either. She is a virgin, a fact that apparently makes Lauren feel lesser than other woman, judging by the amount of times she brings it up. She and her best friend Selina are at a party one evening with mutual friends have a fight. Lauren takes off after one friend to offer consolation when she suddenly finds herself attacked by someone – or something – unseen.
Rescued by a handsome and sexy stranger whom Lauren had glimpsed both earlier that day and at the party only moments before, she finds her seemingly normal life turned upside down before daybreak. As it turns out, Lauren’s a witch, and a hunted one at that. And that sexy stranger? A very powerful witch who is, and has been, protecting her from the demons that want her dead.
The scenes and story conjured up by Sharon Karaa range from romantic to ridiculous, peppered with a heavy hand of humor. The text would benefit from a good edit and polish. I personally don’t like when dialogue is written in a dialect or phonetically, but that’s a preference issue specific to every reader (and writer). I did enjoy the relationship between Lauren and Daniel; I think it was the strongest and best part of the book. It develops well and featured a strong romantic thread. Later plot developments, particularly scenes depicting Satan in a raunchy, almost comical way, broke my suspension of disbelief and had me rolling my eyes a little.
All in all, The Last Challenge is a fun and feisty read, perfect for the days leading up to Halloween!