Series: Felicia Sevigny #1
Published by Orbit on November 7, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: explicit sex scenes
Reviewed by: Rebecca
Year 2950. Humanity has survived devastating climate shifts and four world wars, coming out stronger and smarter than ever. Incredible technology is available to all, and enhancements to appearance, intelligence, and physical ability are commonplace.
In this future, Felicia Sevigny has built her fame reading the futures of others.
Alexei Petriv, the most dangerous man in the TriSystem, will trust only Felicia to read his cards. But the future she sees is darker than either of them could ever have imagined. A future that pits them against an all-knowing government, almost superhuman criminals, and something from Felicia's past that she could never have predicted, but that could be the key to saving -- or destroying -- them all.
In RULE OF LUCK, there’s tarot readings, love, and questionable science. Professional tarot card reader Felicia Sevigny is recruited by the Russian mob. She’s going to help them take down the evil government, in return she’ll be given more control over her destiny. The plot quickly becomes uneven, as the sci-fi elements turn what could have been serviceable contemporary urban fantasy, into a silly future world that has you asking, “why are people paying so much for tarot card readings”.
RULE OF LUCK only takes the most surface-level examination of its concepts. There’s an anti-aging treatment that all citizens receive as well as a culturally enforced beautification treatment. The government regulates food allocations and birth rates. I chose the book because of the Nairobi setting, but I was disappointed by it. There were more details describing Felicia’s sandals than her hometown.
Alpha males are a staple of the genre. However, there were several times in the book when there was an undercurrent of violence to the relationship that read as threatening, not sexy. There’s an emotional distance to Alexei that is eventually explained, but it’s not enough to erase the awkward wording that made me want to close the book. There’s a moment when Alexei puts his hands around her neck, as though to strangle her, and she thinks about how strong he is. There’s times, when he can’t meet her, because he’s afraid of what he’d do in his anger. To Felicia it’s sexy, to the outside reader, it really isn’t.
There’s also trope that I wish romances would just drop. The bland, boyfriend who is safe but turns out to be pure garbage. Felicia never takes responsibility for her actions. She cheats on Roy, but Roy is the bad person when she gets home. When she lies to him, he lies worse. It keeps steamrolling. There would have been more emotional catharsis if, instead of a boring boyfriend, it was a friend or a roommate that toppled Felicia’s worldview. Felicia obviously didn’t care about Roy; why should we?
There’s not enough that sets RULE OF LUCK from other urban fantasy novels. The world building doesn’t hold up. I wanted so much more. If you want an easy read with super alpha males, evil ex lovers, and too many shopping scenes, then take this review with a grain of salt.Series Titles:
- The Rule of Luck
- The Chaos of Luck