Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Don't Rush Me (Nora Jacobs #1) Review

Don't Rush Me (Nora Jacobs #1)
By: Jackie May

Most humans have no idea that a dark and deadly underworld, filled with magic and monsters, exists. They wander through life blissfully ignorant of the supernatural world around them. Nora Jacobs is different. Nora knows exactly what kinds of hellish creatures haunt the streets of Detroit. 

Thanks to a unique set of psychic abilities, Nora has managed to steer clear of the underworld most of her life. But all that changes the night the most powerful vampire in the city discovers her gifts and decides to use her as a tool to find one of his missing clan members. 

As if that’s not bad enough, Nora believes she’s cursed. All her life, people, especially men, have been drawn to her—some to the point of obsession and violence. Underworlders, it seems, are not immune to this curse, and now she’s caught the attention of some of the most dangerous monsters in the city.

Neck deep in an investigation only she can solve, Nora quickly makes as many new allies as she does enemies. Her biggest problem is staying alive long enough to decide which is which.

I had seen this book recommended to someone in a Facebook group I'm in and decided to check it out. Of course, at that time I was exclusively Kobo so I was unable to read this book as it seems to be exclusively Kindle. Once I got the Kindle app this immediately went on my list of books I must read. 

This was probably one of, if not the darkest fantasy book I've ever read. The atmosphere of the book has a dark tone to it and there is a constant undercurrent of sexual abuse. The MC, Nora, has had a pretty awful past laced with many instances of sexual and physical abuse, because of the type of power she holds. Somehow people are drawn to her, men to the point of obsession, which has been extremely dangerous for her. As such Nora avoids contact with everyone and prefers to be alone as she considers it safer. Of course, growing up in foster care has left it's share of battle scars on her and although she's generally a loner she longs for family and friendly human contact. Nora has no interest in dating anyone because of her powers and is understandably suspicious of men, because of previous experiences. She goes as far as saying that while she's not a virgin she has never experienced the act of making love, sex is always something that has been taken from her by force. 

At first glance Nora seems to be a human with psychic abilities, but the deeper into the book you go the more you begin to realize that she may not be human at all. Her knowledge of her power is limited and seems to be confined to her ability to read one's mind when she touches them, pick up psychic imprints from objects and what she refers to as her "curse". Which is her allure to both men and women alike. It becomes more powerful the more anyone spends time with her and Nora is unable to control it or turn it off. 

Nora's gifts only bring her trouble however when they come to light with underworlder's and she tries to help them locate their missing vampire and troll. She becomes embroiled in the underworld and gets into quite a few situations that make her believe she will be killed. This book was full of action, mystery and fantasy elements. I was surprised with how much I liked it since there was no real romance in it. I actually found myself hoping that men would keep their distance from Nora as the two encounters we see right in the beginning are terrible for her and she is almost taken against her will twice in the span of the first few chapters. 

We see Nora make her first real friends in this book and it makes her more endearing to the reader because while she is cautious and suspicious of the intentions of everyone she is so grateful to have these underworlder's who genuinely care about her and want to look out for her. In particular, a troll named Terrance becomes Nora's fiercest and most protective friend and she feels safe with him, particularly when he claims her as part of his clan and not his mate. 

I really loved this book and am hoping to find the hard copy to buy to add it to my collection. If you get an opportunity to read it I would definitely recommend it, but I do warn you, the sexual abuse theme can get intense at times. 

Final Rating:
Probability of Rereading

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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