Series Review: Tales of the Underlight by Jax Garren ~ Books 1 & 2

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Published: November 19, 2012
Series: Tales of the Underlight #1
Format: eBook
Pages: 115

Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley "Hauk" Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope…and then he sees her.

The Beauty

Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see. After she's kidnapped by thugs and rescued by a man with a very familiar voice, Jolie becomes a pawn in a struggle she never knew existed.

Hauk knows he cannot have her, and resolves to protect his heart and his secrets. But as they work together and grow closer, he finds new reason to keep fighting. Dare he risk hope in a new life, one where Jolie can see past his ravaged face and where their friendship can grow into something more?

I’m a sucker for fairy tales and I love when an author can take a fairy tale and make it their own. Don’t change the base element of the story, but make it so the reader can still enjoy what what was good about the original. I think Jax Garren did that job here. Her take on Beauty and the Beast is very good, but what I love the most about it is that she didn't hold back on her take of the Beast. Wesley Haukon is a scarred veteran who know works for an underground resistance movement that is against the mighty powers that be. Hauk as they call him is ugly…I mean burnt up (80% of his body) ugly. He’s ruined and wrecked, but he is also this sweet guy who still wants to be loved and touched.

Jolie Benoit daughter of a media giant who does exactly the opposite of what her rich family doesn't want her to do. She’s a burlesque performer at a very poplar place called Pussy-willoh’s (I seriously love that name). I liked Jolie because she wasn't the whiny, air-headed princess we would expect of her character. Her family is like mega-rich, but she kinda of shies away from that…she wants to make her own way in the world. Plus she really tired of people wanting to be around her because of her fathers richness. I loved the fact that Ms. Garren wrote her to take almost instantly to Hauk. She didn't go running screaming once she saw his face. I liked that it wasn't something that kept her getting to know Hauk for the person he really is.

Now while I loved these characters, this story itself could use a little more work. To say I was confuse about the whole Order of Ananke is speaking very lightly. It wasn't explained enough in detail to me…what their agenda is and mainly why the hell they are doing what they’re doing. Because there has to be a reason that this secret organization is evil…right? I seriously wanted more…no I take that back, I needed more explanation. And it wasn't just about the Order either. What about Hauk’s group? Who are these people really? How did they come to be and why are they the ones to go against the Order? A lot of questions need to be answered.

Loved the characters…first and second ones. They were all funny and well-written, but this world that they’re in needs some work or in my opinion further details. But even with all of this, I think the book is worth the pick up…the read. The characters I think make up for the missing parts.

Published: February 11, 2013
Series: Tales of the Underlight #2
Format: eBook
Pages: 152

Jolie Benoit left her old life behind to become an agent of the Underlight. Training under Sergeant Wesley Haukon, she's honing her combat skills, all the while coping with the intense sexual attraction she feels for Hauk. She keeps their friendship casual, but when his high school sweetheart transfers into their division, Jolie finds herself grappling with jealousy.

The Underlight gave Hauk a purpose, but he can't escape his past completely. The physical and emotional scars from the fire that killed seven fellow Army Rangers will mark him forever. Jolie sends his protective instincts into overdrive, but he's convinced he'll never be worthy of her love.

Hauk is determined to keep Jolie from harm. But when the Order of Ananke ambushes them with a new weapon that neutralizes Hauk, making him vulnerable, it's Jolie who must tap into her hidden strengths to rescue him--or risk losing him forever...

Sequel to How Beauty Met the Beast.

This review is going to be short. Now I still have much love for these characters, BUT this book dragged for me…152 pages should not have taken so long to get through so I’ll break it down like this…

1) Base of the story - Hauk has been kidnapped & Jolie goes to save him - seriously, it took way to long to get to the kidnapping. We had to go this whole rig-a-moroe of Jolie and Hauk fight their attraction to each other, which wasn’t bad in itself. It just idk…took to damn long. I mean, they want to be friends…they don’t…blah, blah, blah. I wanted to bang my head against the wall several times. I want them to hurry up and do the dirty do….get nekkid and rub themselves together until they caused a damn fire!

2) Too many distractions - Enters Hauk ex-girlfriend…oh wait Fiance and a whole other mess of distractions along with the one I mentioned in #1. I’m not going to give away too much about the ex because it would ruin the story for those who didn't read it.

So those two things above mainly #1 drove this review down to 3 heels for me. And again as with book 1, the world building can use some help…a definite make over. Although, we do find out why Hauk seems to go into these mad fits of rages…

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