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(Gesa’s Menagerie – Book 1)
by Kaye Draper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Slow Build, Medium Burn RH, PNR, Novella
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
Don’t let the idea of a Novella fool you, this tight and neat story presents all the goodies with none of the fluff – and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
Not your typical reverse harem…
Gryphon shifter Gesa Lionheart isn’t your typical heroine. Screwed over by her family—a stunningly medieval gryphon clan that is supposed to value loyalty and truth—the former bodyguard sets out on her own to a remote city growing in the Michigan wilderness. With little in the way of life skills outside her clan training, and no one to depend on, she becomes a bounty hunter—chasing down low-level supernatural criminals for the local human police department.
Gesa knew life would be hard outside the clan, but she had no way of predicting just how strange her life would become, all thanks to a beautiful but dangerous male fae and a simple missing person’s case. Now she’s over her head in a world that isn’t what it seems, where humans can almost see the truth, rich supe philanthropists make people disappear with ease, and harem lion prides aren’t just for males….
Gryphon’s Pride is a reverse harem romance novella with an urban fantasy feel. Suitable for mature readers (and those with a sense of humor) only. If swearing, sex, or talk of past trauma are offensive to you, this might not be your thing.
Thoughts on Gryphon’s Pride
This is, admittedly, a novella, but it actually feels longer than that. So much action and connection is packed into the plot that it might feel overdone if it was stretched out, though it does leave quite a bit left unsaid. On to book 2!
Who needed resting bitch face, when resting murder face was a thing? (20%)
I dismissed my angry thoughts and tried to appear pleasant and nonthreatening. Though, knowing my degree of resting bitch face, it probably looked like I was here to murder them all. (55%)
- FMC is over 6 feet tall and muscle bound, totally different from the norm in must genres. Can’t help but love.
- The Fae.
- Details are given, but not overwhelmingly so.
- She needs more confidence in her sexuality, not just her ability. But this is a plot point, so not really a con?
First Person, mostly single POV with very limited third person, Multiple POV
This novella, M/F – but it will grow. Unsure of final dynamic.
Character Age Range
My Final Verdict on Gryphon’s Pride
Short but incredibly well done, this Novella is a glimpse into a growing PNR world with dynamic characters that break every mold this genre has tried to make. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published March 25th, 2019
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