Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Isabel O’Shaughnessy dreads a duty call to her aunt on the Chilean island of Chiloé, but her reservations vanish when she learns about the intriguing local myths and legends, especially that of El Trauco, a forest troll who seduces and abandons maidens.
When he appears in her dreams, Isabel is enchanted. Her dreams turn erotic and compelling, and she tracks down the troll, who is more than he seems. Their encounter is a lusty fairy tale enhanced by rapturous lovemaking. When El Trauco abandons her, can she overcome the myths and magic to create a happy ending for them both?
This book felt a bit disjointed to me. The first third of the book is spent with Isabel and her elderly Aunt discussing the legend of El Trauco, a troll, who lives in the woods and seduces young virgins, eventually impregnating them. Although Isabel is not a virgin, the story proceeds from here. Most of the romantic action in this part of the book is done in fantasy and dreams and I found myself wondering when we were actually going to get some plot that was action driven.
Finally, however, Isabel goes for a trip in the woods and meets the troll. Some things happen here that were a little disturbing for me, but then, eventually, the story picks up again and El Trauco is able to transform himself from a troll to a hunky guy. He doesn’t speak very much and tends to say the same things over and over again.
The ending comes, for me, abruptly and it is a bit confusing.
I did enjoy reading about a legend I knew nothing about and getting immersed in the author’s beautiful descriptive language. I think fans of the paranormal will enjoy this step into a fantasy world that is different from anything else I have read.
2 Tea Cups!