Port in a Storm
Author: K.L. Noone
Title: Port in a Storm
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Two Petals
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Colin is not having the best time lately, being a runaway shifter with a less than stellar reputation, hiding beneath a car in the pouring rain hoping to evade the angry warlock looking for him.
David's had a long day; being the local white witch and healer is a worthwhile occupation, but it's rarely an easy one. When he spies a stray kitten under his car, he figures he'll be able to rescue at least one living thing that night...
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Colin's on the run from a bad warlock that had been keeping him captive in order to use him for his magic. He finally managed to escape, but after soaking in the rain and mud Colin can't help hoping for refuge. Instead he finds David, who seems nice, but then Colin realizes David's a witch and his escape might have just landed him in an even worse situation.
This story unfortunately never quite came together. There was a ton of potential, what with the interesting magic of shifters essentially being magical batteries that warlocks and witches can tap. I even liked the distinction between the good and bad types of magic. However, there wasn't enough depth provided for all of that potential to go anywhere. Seeing a wider view of the world and the magic would have allowed me to better understand what made David a white witch and how he was so different from the bad guy.
Additionally, Colin's running from an evil that is only introduced in his own thoughts, so the reader never gets a personal feel for the bad guy in the book. That means I never quite understood why I should be rooting for Colin's success. Even the budding relationship with David was never given enough time to really grow. It was basically insta-love without any useful conventions like mating to help explain it away.
This story lacked depth that would have provided a better foundation for the author to build the plot, the characterization, and even the world building. Because of that lack, the story never quite came together and that is why I can't recommend it.
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