REVIEW: The Gripping Beast by Charlene Teglia
Dear Ms. Teglia,
Wow you sure got a mantitty cover, didn’t you? But why isn’t the hero pictured with a beard? I was thrilled when you made sure the Norsemen in your story had beards but bummed that we don’t get to see it on the cover. Oh well. And about the title, The Gripping Beast, well, to be honest I have to say it makes me think of a really awful stomach bug. The kind that you need a bottle of Imodium AD and a day off from work to get over.
I can tell you now that you’re not going to be thrilled with me about this review. Lorelei is unfortunately the type of heroine who annoys me. Overly feisty, she draws verbal lines in the sand with the hero then leaps over them 5 minutes later after he’s felt her up a bit. No, no, she’s never going to give in to him, ooooh my that feels good. No, wait I’m not going to let you make love to me, oh God that orgasm was great! She’s initially confused about time traveling back to 10th century but after a while when she’d accepted it, I would think that she’d either stop using modern slang and making references to 21st century items/people or stop getting frustrated when Erik and the other Vikings don’t understand her and have to take her literally. I liked her in chapters 4 and 6 when she uses her intelligence to try and think through her situation and make plans but then she returns to simply reacting to events and shooting her mouth off. At one point you have her think to herself that it’s a good thing she’s read so much about Norse myths and legends because it allows her to understand Erik better. If she’s read so much about these things, why doesn’t she act like she has? For a seemingly smart woman, it takes her way too long to figure out she needs to adapt to the manners and mores of the time she’s in, rather than babbling about 21st century rights and laws that obviously don’t apply here .
As to Erik. I like him. He kept me reading the story. He’s a man of his times and I appreciate that you make him act like a 10th century man. He thinks Lorelei is his slave and never acts all PC about it. I like his clever way of dealing with her at the end of chapter 6. You describe him as a man of intelligence who reasons things out more than his hotheaded brother and you have him act that way. Thank you. If I were him, Lorelei would probably have driven me crazy and he’s got far more patience with her than she sometimes deserves. One thing did confuse me though. After the first time they make love, it’s orgasm city then suddenly after he’s barely pulled out of her, he’s got his hand around her throat and a sword pressed to her heart. WTF?
So, as much as I didn’t care for the heroine, the story did arouse emotions in me, even if maybe they’re not the ones you were looking for. But is that a bad thing for an author to do? I dunno. I’m sure that other readers who like a feistier heroine would probably enjoy this story but from me you get a C.