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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wicked Wraiths: Man About the House by Mina Carter

Wicked Wraiths: Man About the House by Mina Carter
Publisher: Changeling Press LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

When Janelle's friend offers to help with the housework, she doesn't think it will include any hocus pocus. Not convinced it will work Janelle recites the incantation and summons a domestic god. He cooks. He cleans. He even does the ironing. The trouble is Corvin isn't your typical wraith. In fact, he's not a wraith at all but a demi-god looking for love...

Our poor heroine doesn't even realize when a man is genuinely hitting on her. So when Demi-god Corvin comes to the bar she works at she quickly disregards his advances as another drunk who sees the overweight waitress as an easy lay. Little did she realize Corvin in fact did plan on having sex with her but it was because she was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen.

Janelle’s insecurities really made the story interesting. The fact that she could not fathom Corvin actually being attracted to her just because she was a full-figured woman is sad. I know society makes us self-conscious about our weight, but the way Janelle acted made me feel as though there had to be more to the story than just the average not-happy-with-the-few-extra-pounds feeling. But because of the insecurities it made her a very likable and realistic person. I am happy that Corvin did not let Janelle’s low self esteem deter him from pursuing her.

Not only did I enjoy Janelle’s character, but Corvin really amused me. I like the almost frat boy attitude he had towards life. I mean, he was a demi-god who probably never had any real responsibilities. This is immediately shown in the story due to the fact that he is dressed as a woman because he lost a bet.

At the beginning, I was a bit puzzled the blurb the author provides you with makes it seem as if the story would start with the scrawl and Corvin appearing as the wraith, but that is not the case. That aspect of the story did not come until almost halfway through the story. To be honest, for a second I thought maybe the author messed up on posting the wrong blurb. Once I got past the confusion of this not meeting my expectations, I realized that I enjoyed the way the story started very much.

The relationship development was very good in this story. Not only did the characters' relationship together develop, but they also grew individually. Janelle was forced to realize that Corvin could actually like her for who she is, plus size and all. Corvin was forced to grow up a little and realize that although he might be a demi-god he would actually have to be accountable for his actions when he almost loses Janelle because of his antics. I really enjoyed watching these two muddle through to their happy ending.

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