Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: The Token ( The Token #1 ) by Marata Eros

The Token by Marata Eros
Excerpt

Twenty-two year old Faren Mitchell hears the two words that change her abbreviated life forever. They're so final Faren decides she has nothing to lose by seizing every remaining moment of what life has to offer.

Until Faren collides with a motorcycle ridden by billionaire Jared McKenna.

Even the dark secret of her past and catharsis as a physical therapist can't save Faren from the sexual spiral that waits for her in the arms of a man who commits to no one. When circumstances force her to get a second job as an exotic dancer, Faren never imagines how close that choice will bring her to the brink of a new reality she is unequipped to handle.


Genre

Contemporary

Review

I seldom read an incomplete series, even more so an incomplete novella series. I just don't have the patience in dealing with suspense. I make an exception for The Token since Marata was so kind to offer an ARC. 
Thank you.

Faren Mitchell fascinated me from the get go. She is a physical therapist who was struggling to make ends meet for supporting her mother's medical care. She became a part time exotic lap dancer for extra cash after being persuaded by her stripper friend, Kiki. There was a hint of mystery to Faren's past and we slowly got glimpse of it.

There was a sense of hopelessness in reading Faren's POV. I felt her loneliness and despair. As if her life was not dreadful enough, she just discovered her time might just run out. 

I might be dying. I might have a dirty job that pays for the sins of my past. But right then, I know heaven, if just for a little bit, right here on earth.

After Faren was hit by Jared McKenna's Harley, the pacing of the novella started to pick up. Of course, we were dying to meet this Greek god, Adonis incarnate, panty-dropping money mogul who was also the strip club owner where Faren work. He sounded pretty much like any other oversexed billionaire playboy out there, nonetheless I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt and will see how his character play out in the subsequent book. 

I really like the first half of the book, despite the slow pacing, I was engrossed with Faren and her work. I love Marata's writing style that at times make me think that I'm not merely reading an erotic book. What didn't really work for me was how fast Jared proposition her after meeting her.. I would have appreciate a longer getting-to-know routine with sexual tension. 

Jared McKenna pulls away, pulverizing me with a stare for my ten heartbeats to his two and walks away.

I knew I will have to deal with a cliffhanger. Someone from Faren's past appeared right at the end and I don't know what he wants. I want my answer, but I'm feeling a little apprehensive for oncoming ending in Book 2. Anyway, one novella per month is not too bad, isn't it?

Rating 3.5/5

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