Thursday Reads

Thursday Reads: Finding Honor by Ripley Proserpina

Note – This post was supposed to go live last Thursday. Ha, surprise! I scheduled it for the wrong day. So, it’s going live now. The wonders of technology in the hands of an author.

This is my first read by Ripley Proserpina and the first in a new series published by After Glows Publishing. FindingThursday Honor is definitely new adult, and features not one, but six main characters. This would normally be a turn off for me, but what caught my interest was the trope: reverse harem.

You read that correctly, reverse harem. My only hiccup is how that would work out, especially since this book is set in modern times, 2016 times.  Historicals or futuristic tales, I’d easily fall in line with, but a modern reverse harem with a heroine who survives a school shooting – how the heck would the author pull this off?  Character development. Proserpina did an excellent job of creating this group of characters with different backgrounds, and personalities. This shined through when reading in the different

Something the author did really well –  character development. Proserpina did an excellent job of creating this group of characters with different backgrounds, and personalities. This shined through when reading in the different POV’s. Speaking of points of view, I thought having six different voices telling a story would be a challenge and potentially turn me off. No one is fond of a head hopper, but with this story it worked. Each character offered something specific to the story. Setting and pacing were perfect, and I found myself turning the pages with ease.

The challenges I had with the story were the lack of clear resolution and there were more story questions at the endfinding-honor-ebook-72 then I would have preferred. I’m not big on cliff hangers, so note to other readers this one has a cliffhanger. This is definitely more like a prequel story getting us to future stories. My hope is that each of the roommates will have their story told and we’ll know more about them.

My only other issue is that some of the actions of Honor’s men are a little over the top and not always respectful of Honor as a woman. At times they treated her like a glass doll, something to be protected and hovered over. I hope in future stories make a point of having control ceded to her.

Overall, this is definitely a genre I look forward to reading more of in the future. As for additional stories in the series, I’ll be on the look out.

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