There are books that you simply can’t put down, the ones where you are glued to the page, desperate to find out what happens next. Unfortunately, Ever Mine was not one of those. It was a quick read, to be sure, but honestly? Not a keeper. Its few redeeming features do not make up for all the moments of “wait, what?” that kept running through my mind.
Maybe someone out there can help me make sense of this whole thing.
So first, we have Nathan Alexander. Nathan is wealthy, the CEO of a non-profit organization, and recently single after breaking it off with his fiancee (who, by the way, is looney. Just, straight up cuckoo for cocoa puffs.) When Nathan’s aunt sends him (yet another) exotic plant, he plans on simply ignoring it, but when the flower unfurls, his attention is drawn to the tiny fairy lying inside. The little fairy, Katenia, has no idea where she is, but the giant in front of her is willing to help her find her way home. That’s all she needs for now.
Until she gets outside Nathan’s office building, is startled by a car horn, and magically turns human-sized, without her wings (but still with her magical abilities.) Nathan brings Katenia to his aunt to try and get her fairy form back, and offers her a place to stay while his aunt looks into the situation.
Oh, and to have sex.
It’s a fairly forgettable premise, when it comes to fantasy novels. It’s more urban fantasy than otherwise, but without a lot of the plot points that usually comes along (strong connection to the urban location, war between the sidhe realms or equivalent, environmentalism factors, etc). Unfortunately, it also lacks the interest. I honestly didn’t care if they got together. Their happily ever after did absolutely nothing for me.
The story as a whole didn’t really work either. I know that as a novella, the author has less time to get through the characters’ back stories and the various plot points they need to hit. Unfortunately, there seemed to be a distinct lack of planning how everything would fall out. For example, near the end of the book, Katenia referenced something about Nathan’s childhood we never heard in the beginning. Nathan talks about how his past influenced what he does now, but we don’t get information about his past until much later. I don’t mind delayed information, but you can’t reference something you haven’t told us yet and assume readers will know what you mean!
On top of that, there is the sex issue. I have no issue with sex for sex’s sake – consenting adults? Go at it! – but I still maintain that there are times when having sex doesn’t make a lot of sense. Even in a short story, some things should be moved further away from plot points – specifically the *ahem* climax of the story. The surprisingly violent climax. Which is then followed by some deus ex machina action. Sadly, at this point, all I could say was “Of course! Because why not!” while shaking my head.
I did like the fact that Katenia could and did have a high sexual drive with no shame. That’s something I frequently find missing in romances – if the heroine wants to have sex, she’s a slut. Here, Katenia is the first to recommend having sex, specifically sex without love attached. It was a nice change.
Honestly, though, I can’t really recommend this to anyone. If you are gung-ho about fairies, go for it. Otherwise, give this a pass.