Rating: 2 stars out of 5
A Club Raven Novel
Tony Brazzio, part-owner of Club Raven in Baltimore, is gifted with a psychic talent that allows him to influence the behavior of others. His first project, to rehabilitate hoodlums Bull and Dandy, fails when the lure of fat wallets ripe for the picking is too great for them to ignore. After Bull and Dandy fall into serious trouble beyond simple petty theft, Tony takes it upon himself to bail them out.
Charged with making a pair of blackmailing pickpockets “disappear,” Detective Thomas Arthur Clare is determined to get the job done. He doesn’t count on Tony’s interference, or his attraction to the mysterious, handsome man, to sway him.
Wishful Thinking (Club Raven #2) by Kiernan Kelly is the PWP story in the middle of what I think of as the Club Raven trilogy, three books written by three different authors that centers around a live structure seated on a meeting of lay lines/power positions that fronts itself as Club Raven. Its now a gentlemen’s club with odd peculiarities (BDSM dungeon on occasion, paranormal library, law enforcement branch for paranormals, halfway house, you name it, including boarding house). Here the most shallow of characters, pull in other shallow characters, who act and react with no apparent concern for their era or amazing surroundings. A detective is thrown into this PWP soup for no good measure and just muddles it further with a jawdropping instalove, insta BDSM scene that had my head spinning.
That alone came close to turning this book into a DNF. So much in this tale made absolutely no sense, from the characters, to their actions, that you stopped trying to make sense of it all and just wanted to race to the finish line.
What a waste of a perfectly neat plot device.
Cover art is the best thing about the story.
ebook, 171 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Evil Plot Bunny LLC
SeriesClub Raven #2