Hanover House by Brenda Novak

Rating: 3 stars

Series: Hanover House Chronicles #0.5

Evelyn was tortured, raped, and left for dead when she was a teenager. She was emotionally scarred by this. Twenty years later at 36 years old years old she could not form meaningful relationships. The only way she knew how to function was to devote her life to studying psychopaths.

I would have liked this better if it didn’t have insta-lust. After spending decades avoiding relationships but also not having any genuine sexual interest, it struck me as slightly odd that she met Amarok and felt so drawn to him. She must have seen good looking men before. Why didn’t they have the same effect on her? I really did enjoy the budding relationship between Evelyn and Amarok, but would have liked it better if they got to know each other a little more before the lust was a strong factor.

Hanover House was a good prequel for the upcoming trilogy. Since this was an introduction to Evelyn’s story, it is likely the actual trilogy will focus slightly more on the psychopaths she studies, which could be very interesting. It’s a bit of a dark twist for romantic suspense novels.

I received this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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