Review: Snare by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae - 5 stars
This one is easy to love. The worldbuilding is fantastic, the characters are complex, and the pacing is believable. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes low-key paranormal elements/magical realism, meet-cute romances where the protagonists have a lot to work out after the inital attraction, and POV characters who *don't* immediately try to change a world they don't understand.
I loved Eli's emotional journey, and his exploration of the warrens avoided the pitfalls of many paranormal romances. The warren isn't some underground cave where people dress in capes and drink strangely soupy red wine; it's a community where beings of both species live together and care about each other. Eli doesn't become the chosen one who has to save a weird, wild world from eeeevil; he's just a guy who is new at this stuff and makes mistakes because he's not quite sure what the rules are.
The POV was more distant than I usually like, but it seemed appropriate for the presentation and subject matter. After a few pages, I found the distant POV helped to draw my attention to details I would otherwise have missed.
This whole story is so cozy and wonderful, and I look forward to reading more by these authors.
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