I had the opportunity to read Her Sweetest Downfall by Rebecca Hamilton.
Rebecca Hamilton has a nice, smooth writing style that makes it a pleasure to read Her Sweetest Downfall quickly. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. I would give this 3.5 stars. This novella can be read stand-alone but is clearly part of a more encompassing and bigger story.
The reader is launched into action straight away with the abduction of Ophelia by the mysterious Ethan of Rome who has the ability to travel via the inbetween anywhere in a few moments. Ophelia is a sweet girl who nevertheless has some sass and sensibility.
I’m not sure how I feel about the premise of a heroine faced with the decision of having to become something she at least initially abhors (a Cruor elemental) in order to fulfill her own destiny and essentially save the world order. However, Ophelia at least questions this and other things to her credit.
Ethan is very gentlemanly in his role but we don’t really get to know much about him. He is very dedicated to what he sees as doing his duty.
Rebecca Hamilton uses this in-between novella in The Forever Girl series to flesh out the elemental mythology of Cruor, Chibold, Ankou, Morts and Strigoi races and the dual breed mixes that she writes about in this book series. I found the ending a little convenient in face of the challenge presented but on a romantic level, satisfying. And the ending reads a bit rushed, as if Hamilton didn’t want to spend the time working on it. I liked Her Sweetest Downfall as a sweet, short read despite not being a vampire-type book fan but am not sure that I will read the others.