Author: Nicole Pouchet
Publication: March 24th 2015 by Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Genre: Adult ~ Paranormal Romance
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If Detective Jori Anzoli has to do one more telepathic reading for the Las Vegas Police Department, her para-capabilities may fry out. That doesn’t matter when she’s called in to help find eight men who mysteriously went missing. The case escalates quickly. Clairvoyants in the department are scared to touch it, her brother becomes the ninth missing man, and the Paranormal Investigative Agency (PIA) sends a distractingly handsome agent who hassles her every step of the way.
Agent Del Moore is on a mission to find the PIA’s missing biomedical weapons engineer. A retro-cognizant, Del is used to avoiding human contact unless the job demands it. The less intrusive knowledge he has about others, the better. But a brush with the aloof Detective Jori may change his mind. He can’t ignore her warm essence, especially when she impossibly summons him into her dream.
As mounting clues lead Jori and Del to go deep undercover into a Nevada brothel, an ancient succubus preys on every living soul within, placing Jori and Del on separate hallucinogenic paths of destruction. Will they learn the truth behind the brothel and their mission before succumbing to an ulterior plan neither of them wishes to see?
To be fair, I actually feel like this book is better than 3 stars but not quite 4 stars, if you know what I mean. I would give it 3.5 stars although I don't usually work with halves. But anyway...
So Trapped by a Song is a novella about paras (people born with paranormal abilities) that are basically forced to serve as officers. I've always been a fan of stories like this and I've read a couple like it before and I must say that I really liked this one because it's also a retelling of the fairy tale Jorinda and Jorindel by the Brothers Grimm. I actually read the fairy tale after I finished reading Trapped by a Song just to see what it was like and it's a pretty great retelling of it, in my opnion.
Main characters Jori and Del had great chemistry. I guess I would've liked a bit more character building to be able to connect with them more but then again this is still a novella of only 81 pages so it's kind of hard when there's not much time for it. But other than that they were great. I loved how Jori was a a bit indifferent at times but that eventually she couldn't deny her attraction to Del.
I really liked the twist of the original Brothers Grimm story where Nicole Pouchet changed the old fairy into a succubus. Pretty brilliant if you ask me. I also liked how the succubus used a drug called Song to lure men and to make them keep coming back. I just love a good story with an evil succubus.
All in all, Trapped by a Song was a likable paranormal story that I read very fast. It might not be the best novella I've ever read but it was quick, very hot and I loved the twist on the fairy tale.
About the Author:
Still amazed to be an adult, Nicole co-owns a marketing agency and writes paranormal romance novels. She has managed to center her life around raising her two small sons and being true to her family (including husband and friends), and is happiest near the water.
Nicole wrote a weekly column about life’s mysterious and mundane moments called “A Discerning Eye” for her local branch of AOL’s news website, Patch. Her poetry and articles have been published in journals including Executive Pie, Sacramento Poetry Corner, Mother Earth Journal, Lummox Journal, Poetry Now, Poetry Motel, and The Duke University Archives.
Nicole holds an English degree from Duke University where she studied poetry under Lucille Clifton and Debbie Pope.
As a former theater hand, Nicole assistant directed Broadway’s Little Women and Broadway’s A Thousand Clowns; served as prop master’s assistant for Broadway’s Birdy; and directed and stage managed a host of regional plays in Durham, North Carolina and Charles Town, West Virginia.
Nicole is a partner at marketing agency BlueTreeDigital, an outsourced marketing department for small-to-medium sized businesses. She lives in Leesburg, Virginia with her husband and two small sons.