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Published by Untold Press on 2016-06-28
Length: 301 pages
Reviewing eARC from Author
Two centuries ago, Adrian vowed to seek revenge against the Gypsy woman who bound his spirit foreternity. Despite how far under the dirt Miryah Kotorara's bones lay, he won't stop tormenting theKotorara bloodline. The person doesn't matter, only the name.
Dr. Mia Kotorara has spent the last ten years trying to forget her Gypsy heritage. Ostracized by her familyand emotionally damaged, Mia throws herself into her work to fill the void. She forgets everything fromher past--except for the man who solely exists in her dreams.
When reality and dreams collide, Adrian and Mia find something they never expected. Love.
Magic will bring them together, but it may not be enough to mend Mia's broken heart and Adrian's lustfor revenge.
The Kotorara curse is never satisfied.
As the curse threatens everything they have overcome, Adrian and Mia must fight to save what mattersmost--each other.
I really, really wanted to like Gypsy Love by Angela McPherson, Lynn Vroman but it just wasn’t for me. I tried on two different occasions to read the book and i just didn’t get the concept. Maybe I was missing something? I’m not sure. Angela McPherson is one of my favorite authors, I’ve loved all her books, but this one not so much. Gypsy Love follows the story of Dr. Mia Kotorara and the ghost that haunts her family Adrian.
I liked Mia. She’s dedicated to her work and refuses to accept her Gypsy heritage. It’s obvious to everyone but her that she misses her family but she is a traitor in their eyes and so she won’t go back. When she starts seeing the man from her childhood in her dreams, she thinks she’s lost it. I would too. But it’s more than just dreams.
Adrian is a tortured, bitter man when he first enters the story. No spoilers, I promise this happens in the prologue. He’s killed by a gypsy and cursed to haunt her family until he finds his true love but yet he is cursed to never have her. He’s lived for 200 years with no human contact when he’s pulled into Mia’s dreams. My heart felt for Adrian, but at the same time I was a little creeped out by his stalking her and his instant love for her just because she can see him in her dreams.
The plot is simple. How do Mia and Adrian have a relationship when he’s a ghost and she’s alive?
My thoughts are you can’t have a relationship with someone that’s dead. That’s just me. I found myself rooting for a side character that the authors are a bit brutal too. I’ll admit to tears on my part. The odd dynamic isn’t the only thing that bothered me though. There were some glaring plot holes. Adrian is cursed, Mia can see him, he gets second chance to live, yes? But HOW?!
This isn’t explained very well. And then the book is billed as a paranormal romance. It’s heavy on the romance, light on the paranormal/urban fantasy element. There are moments in the book that the characters are thrown together in a very adult situation and I couldn’t help but wonder “Why are they having sex now?” It didn’t make sense to me.
Overall the book has good bones. It has a good concept, yet for me it just didn’t work. It was okay, I could have done without the steamy sex scenes that felt like they were there just to for shock value. I didn’t feel the chemistry between the characters (though from reading other reviews, I’m in the minority on that one). Mia and Adrian just didn’t work well for me. I would have been happier with Adrian accepting what he did in the past to Mia’s ancestor and because of his love for Mia allowing her to live a full and happy life with another guy. He was selfish IMHO and that was a huge turnoff for me. If you’re fans of the authors (though I can’t speak for Lynn Vroman as I haven’t read any of her other work), I would suggest reading it. If you’re a fan of new adult, urban fantasy, a touch of paranormal, I say give it a try. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t for you. As I’ve already said, the book has good bones.