Jul 17, 2014

DeeJay Reviews: The Unicorn's Tail by @AWExley

The Unicorn's Tail
by A.W. Exley

Publication Date: July 9, 2014
Series: Artifact Hunters #2.5
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Format: eBook ARC
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Amy Hamilton is a good girl. She always did exactly as society demanded, kept her eyes downcast, never spoke out of turn, and hid the myriad of questions swirling in her brain. In return for shutting off her intellect she landed an abusive fiancé and was cast aside by the ton.

Disgraced, she seeks refuge at the Lyons' country estate. There she is given an artifact, a bracelet made from a unicorn's tail and told it contains enough magic to grant one wish. She knows what she wants, someone to love the true her, and not the shallow image that smiles back from the mirror.

She never expected the unicorn to send her two men…

Lachlan Hawke - dashing airship pirate and notorious rogue.

Jackson Jackson - the scarred henchman and enforcer for the Lyons Empire.

The two men have a bet, who will be first to win a kiss from the delicate rose? The loser to be tarred and feathered. Loki is sure of a quick victory and that Jackson will be impersonating a chicken by the end of the week. Jackson doesn't even know why he agreed to the stupid bet, the girl shudders whenever he enters a room.

Both men are about to learn you should be careful making bets when a unicorn is involved….

It's no secret that I am a big fan of A.W. Exley. I have read three other books of hers and enjoyed all of them. This was a novella from her Artifact Hunters series and though I am a fan of the series, I didn't like it as much as the other books.

Okay, I'll admit. I am a total fangirl of Cara and Nate, the MCs of the series. So to have a book about two other characters was cool, but not as much fun. As a former society girl, Amy was a bit of a bore at first. But by the end she had spread her wings, so to speak, and was flying. Who I really enjoyed was Loki and Jackson. I thought their bet was funny and not at all something bad. I thought it was cute. It was pretty obvious who was going to win from early on, so there were no surprises there. Loki was arrogant as expected and put a smile on my face as he is already claiming himself the winner. I've always liked Jackson and it was nice to learn a bit more about him as he tried to figure out how to keep Loki from winning. It was just cute.

There weren't as many steampunk elements as there usually are but that was understandable for the length of the book. I'm also not quite so sure the "unicorn" was needed or what it really symbolized. Hope maybe? Love? That anything was possible? These are all good representations so if any of these are right, then great!

All in all, a nice read for fans of Artifact Hunters. Is it necessary to read this novella? No. But you should just to get your dose of Romance, if for nothing else!

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