I am fortunate to be part of the blog tour surrounding the release of this collection of stories – 9 Novellas by some great authors. My review is of 4 of the stories…. you’ll just have to get the book and make your own decision about the others!
Obsidian Escape by Rebel Adams
Just one look at the battered form of Whitney Geddings awakens a
fierce protective instinct in Detective Jackson Ogden…but at what
Obsidian Heart by Nicole Flockton
Will Erika’s holiday fling with Brandt bring him out of the shadows, or is his heart destined for darkness?
Obsidian Sky by Lara Henley
When military man, Brandon Michaels, comes home to a town he no
longer recognizes, his salvation may rest in Arabella Knight, a woman
who has secrets that no one knows.
Obsidian Desire by t.h. snyder
Can one chivalrous act change Tyler Jones, a coldhearted man, or will desire burn through his soul and change him forever?
As I sit here trying to find the words to write this review, I am completely aware that writing fiction is a skill. I should imagine that when you have to fit an entire story into novella size, that the skill is magnified disproportionately.
The stories I picked to review don’t just deal with fluff and hope that you, as the reader, buy into it. Some difficult topics are covered – domestic abuse, PTSD, betrayal and loss.
And yet despite this, the stories all have well developed, engaging and strong characters.
In some ways, the real beauty with a novella is that the author dives right in. That is true for each of these books. For me, the 4 tales on which this review is based, were the best out of the 9. That’s not to say that the others weren’t decent, just that the writing style of these suited me better. But that, in my view, is the beauty of a collection like this.
If i had to choose, I would say that Obsidian Heart was my favourite, with characters I would happily read about in a full length novel.
So to the score. It’s difficult to score such a diverse collection of books, but after some deliberation, I think that the collection is worthy of a solid B (4* Amazon). Want to make your own mind up?