The world of Paranormal Romance has seen many intriguing tales, but Jeneane O’Riley introduces a refreshing dimension to it with “How Does It Feel?” – the inaugural installment of the Infatuated Fae series. O’Riley crafts an enchanting tapestry of forbidden obsessions, harrowing trials, and an underlying tension that keeps the reader hooked.
Our protagonist, Callie Peterson, is a diligent biologist whose life revolves around her research. Her fascination with the Actias Luna moth and her journey to save them from parasites unwittingly embarks her on an adventure she hadn’t prepared for. When an ill-fated trip leads her through a fairy portal, she comes face to face with the brooding Unseelie Fae prince, Mendax, setting the stage for a tumultuous relationship.
The dual narrative – from both Callie’s and Mendax’s perspectives – adds depth to the story. It offers an intimate insight into the characters’ internal struggles, making their evolution throughout the book more compelling. Mendax, with his chilling charisma and prejudices against humans, paints a conflicted image, forcing the readers to oscillate between apprehension and sympathy.
The vivid descriptions of the Fae world and its inhabitants are commendable. O’Riley manages to create an ambiance that is both magical and foreboding, complementing the book’s overarching themes.
However, the pacing does seem to be a concern for some readers. The initial focus on Callie’s research, while essential for character development, felt prolonged. Conversely, the romance between Callie and Mendax seemed to gain momentum a tad too rapidly. This uneven pacing might make some parts feel redundant while others are rushed.
Yet, the twist towards the end, combined with O’Riley’s intricate character portrayal and the looming challenges that await Callie, provides enough momentum for readers to anticipate the next book in the series eagerly.
“How Does It Feel?” is a tale that attempts to defy conventions. It’s a story of a scientist’s relentless pursuit of knowledge and a prince’s internal war with his emotions. While not without its flaws, this book is undoubtedly an intriguing start to what promises to be an engaging series. For lovers of paranormal romance with a penchant for dark allure, this book might be worth delving into.