Holding Out for a Hero (Jelvia: Not Human #1) by L. Wise, T.E. Kessler

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Jelvias have been living alongside humans since time began—or that's what mankind once thought. Now they are waking up to the invisible technology that had fogged their brains. Beasts. Devil spawn. Aliens. Venomous… are the words used to describe Jelvias. They execute criminals and judge beyond redemption. Macy Shaw wants to prove there's more to Jelvias than violent murderers but knows no one will listen to a small-time celebrity reporter such as her—until she catches the eye of her boss and he gives her the job of a lifetime: Narcifer, the Jelvian Lothario, woo him, seduce him, get a story. Macy is going to do anything to get that story...even if she risks losing her heart. Contains adult material. Over 18 only.

4 out of 5 (very good)

Holding Out For A Hero is the first book in the Jelvia: Not Human series, and this book balances a line between a romance story, and an erotica filled with sex.

The birth rate of humans is down, and the birth rate of Jelvia's is up. Not only that, but the Jelvia's are faster and stronger than 'normal' humans, and also have super-pellets of venom that can kill humans within mere seconds. They have a bad reputation, mostly deserved, but Macy is convinced they are not as bad as the media portrays them. When her roommate is attacked, Macy sees first-hand that you can't tar a whole race with the same brush.

This is a book of intrigue, with twists and turns aplenty, and also of opposites. Macy wants to find out more about the Jelvia, and thinks they are getting a bad press. Courtney is Macy's long-term friend, and wants absolutely nothing to do with them. In fact, her sympathies lie more with a criminal who attacked her and nearly raped her, than with the Jelvia who's appearance saved her.

Macy and Narcifer go full throttle very early on (it is for over 18's after all!), and quickly spout off their 'I love you's'. It was good to see that connection, although Narcifer slid in my estimation when he explained a phone call as being 'boy talk'. Macy holds great store in knowing if she can trust someone, but it appeared to me that she trusts very easily, and then it bites her in the ass.

There is a slight hint of BDSM in this book (spankings), but it seems like book two will delve deeper into this world. I just hope it doesn't become the same thing in every book. The next book also stars Courtney, so we will be able to see if her opinions have changed much.

A great read, with no editing or grammatical errors that I noticed. There is enough world-building for the Jelvia's to fit in. I thoroughly enjoyed book one in this series, and look forward to reading more.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Tina Kessler writes steamy romance for the 18+ market (erotica, spanking and BDSM) and is the pen name of Louise Wise. Louise Wise is a British author from the Midlands in England. Her debut novel is the acclaimed sci-fi romance titled EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013. Forthcoming, JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series is themed on the above Eden and Hunted books. HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO book 1 is Wise’s latest release from that series. SURVIVING HER DOMINATE book 2 will be ready for publication in 2019, and SPIDER book 3 will be released in 2020 and all of the series will be written under the name of T. E. KESSLER. Wise took the decision to write under the name of T. E Kessler for her JELVIA: NOT HUMAN series to separate them from her regular novels. These include: Eden (sci-fi romance) – slight sex references Hunted (sci-fi romance) slight sex references A Proper Charlie (romantic comedy) Oh No, I’ve Fallen in Love! (dark, comedy romance) Wide Awake Asleep (time travel, romance)

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