La Crimson Femme
Review: A Witch's Quandary by Tena Stetler
Starting up a series 6 books in is not easy, but Ms. Stetler makes it smooth and fun. This book can be read as a standalone. It was easy for me to pick up what was going on. There are many references to previous books and characters from those books did show up in this one. Ms. Stetler gave just enough background to make it easy to fit the pieces together and enjoy the story.
The story kicks off on a sad note with a broken engagement between Gale and Dillion. It appears that the hot headed Dillion give Gale an ultimatum which she couldn't accept. At first I thought Dillion was possibly a jerk and she would be better off without him. As the story unfolds, we find out that Dillion is just a dork when it comes to communications. His inability to lay it out on the line and discuss with Gale caused unnecessary heartache. Once again, we have some male thinking he knows better and that he can solve the problems on his own.
The set up of this story is well done. The tension and conflict is also quite good. I liked the characters. Dillion is a guy who wants to fix everything and people depend upon him. Gale is a force to be reckoned with and she's sweet. Their circle of friends are loyal and wonderful. What bothered me about this story is the ending and the motive for why Dillion's family went completely sideways. As a motive it came across weak to me and so ... odd. His father's irrational behaviour just didn't jive for me. I understand why he did what he did. I also understand how Dillion's father went about it. The reason for it just didn't hold up for me.
Still, this story was a good read and I enjoyed the dynamic between the main and secondary characters. The strong females in this book as well as the direct males with little patience were a delight. This paranormal romance is recommended to readers who love a happily ever after.
* I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.