Author: Pippa Jay
Title: Hallow’s Eve
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: ’49 pages’
Twelve months ago, Hal’s world crashed and burned, taking the love of his life with it. He’s waited all year for that one special night when the souls of the departed come home, hoping his candle will summon back one in particular to heal his broken heart. But the forbidden knowledge he’s learned could call something far worse, and put more than his own soul at risk . . .
A Paranormal Romance short story
I think the Funk Master is leeching into me here as I’m unsure about the title text on this one. Something about the colour and/or the shading makes it a bit tricky to read against the background. Either that or my eyesight really is failing and DSB needs to get us some glasses double quick! That aside, the colours are nice, as are the images. Again, faces, but this is a thing in these sorts of books, so many I should stop whining about it (and remind myself of my own book covers every now and then *ahem*)
Hallow (Hal) lost his girlfriend in terribly circumstances and now, a year on from her death he has plans to bring her back. Of course there are all sorts of reasons why this is a bad idea and plenty of road blocks on the way, even in such a short span of words. ^_^
Hal: . . . gotta keep it spoiler free(!). I like this guy. His background is simple enough for the story, but there are so many hints of a deeper history that he feels richly written and well rounded with only a few words to play with. It’s a talent I envy, that’s for sure.
As with others of Pippa’s works I’ve read, not so much erotic as sensual. Gently so, with no actual explicit smexxy scenes at all. Funny, but this didn’t bother me in the slightest. In fact I didn’t even notice until I got to the end and then I was left thinking; ‘Oh, no sex? Okay!’ It didn’t bother me. In fact, trying to shoe-horn it in would have damaged the story.
Cleanly formatted, well paced with a surprising climax. I didn’t see things panning out quite that way, though I did have suspicions about the outcome from Hal’s earlier interactions. But there was no ‘hand of god’ reaching down to give these guys their happy ending which I appreciate a great deal after gorging on tonnes of Cinema Sins episodes. Well rounded ending, with a future ahead that is both satisfying and pleasing to the hidden romantic in me. What I also particularly like is Pippa’s talent for story titles that play on content, character names and well known phrases. I’m starting to really get a feel for them.
Average across all scores is 4.2, which rounds out to 4 fireballs.
Another sweet short story, that I read before going to bed one night. Not exactly a HEA or HFN but a kinda . . . I dunno . . . characters-figuring-out-for-themselves-how-to-get-their-preferred-ending-without-shoving-it-in-your-face (CFOFTHTGTPEWSIIYF).
I’m happy with that. ^_^