Heavy on European mythology, Wicca magic, and sassiness, Divine by Mistake is richly written, but the tale is a predictable fantasy romance (as predictable as a romance between a shape shifting centaur shaman and a new goddess-incarnate can be).Shannon finds herself literally in the shoes of Rhiannon, an ill-tempered (and promiscuous) Favored One on the edge of war and about to undergo a handfasting to the centaur High Shaman. Some readers will be able to let the tale wrap them up in a fantasy escape, while others will find Shannon and her story eye-roll worthy.It certainly has its share of darkness- it starts with the aftermath of a brutal murder. Sara, the heroine, first appears as a brief memory of a one night stand while Lucius, the murderous vampire hero is waiting for the paranormal police to take him out. The chemistry between Lucius and Sara is undeniable, but its also creepy.We dont actually meet her until more than thirty pages in (and there was enough profanity in the first 25 pages that I almost didnt make it that far), and once we do well, theres a limit to how much I can suspend my disbelief, and I reached it here as Sara Constantine, a brand new district attorney was promoted to the paranormal division of the LAPD just in time to take charge of prosecuting the guy with whom she just had fabulous sex. Lucius is obsessed enough with Sara to stalk her, and, in spite of the fact that shes just put away a serial killer, she allows him past significant paranormal defenses installed in her apartment for her protection.Kramer knows the journalism field and spices it up just enough to provide large doses of humor and intrigue while focusing on real issues.Kramer has quite obviously done extensive research into the Minneapolis-St.
Now, with both guys in the picture, and with the surprising knowledge that Tessa learns about her family, she has a lot to consider about her future.
She sets aside her strong belief in the system to protect him when shes supposed to be prosecuting him, although he is unrepentant about his actions. Beck has done some great world-building here, implying that theres more to many of the characters that we meet here, like paranormal cops Tucker and Doyle, and creating an impressive law enforcement division for paranormal crimes.
Lucius claims her presence is soothing, but it never seems to slow his amoral actions down- instead, he uses her as his get-out-of-trouble-free card. Saras willingness to set her principles aside when it comes to Lucius is depressing, and Luciuss attitude towards the law and toward Sara doesnt change at all. She sets up some good opportunities for conflict through vampire and werewolf politics that will likely complicate more straightforward storylines.
Tessa is less than thrilled that her sisters had gone against her wishes and hired someone to help her, though once they both find out each others secrets his being that he was the man she had rescued and hers being that she is a mermaid she starts reconsidering things.
And that narcissistic personality she had aimed at him goes to the wayside a bit.