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Reluctance, by Cindy C. Bennett, is a short story that has the potential to be a great book if expanded. From first page to last page, Reluctance is 52 pages long, and full of ‘what’s’ and ‘whys’ when it’s over. What was the purpose, and why the short length? Most novellas are this length, but this book needed to be a full-fledged novel.

As a fan of Bennett’s previous works, I found myself let down by Reluctance. Taking on a book about vampires is risky business, but Cindy approached it too casual. Genres like paranormal with a focus on vampires need to be full of information. Each author creates a vampire tale rich with history and plot; Bennett just barely touched the surface.

In Reluctance, the main character Dahila is a vampire. She needs to find a mate that will be appropriate for her kind, but she falls in love with the wrong guy. All of the characters were fun, yet I wanted more. I wanted more history, more dialogue, and more pizzazz.

Overall, I did enjoy this story. It’s so short I finished it within an hour. It was a nice break from my other readings, but I found myself wishing I could read more.

Maybe next time?

Book Blurb for Reluctance

Twenty-year-old Dahlia hates the life that she is forced to lead. But the time is quickly coming when she must make a decision that will shape the rest of her life. She's set her sights on Jace. He is someone her family will approve of, someone that will finally gain her acceptance among her people. Then Cam comes into her life, making her question what she assumed was her inevitable destiny, giving her hope that she might be able to lead the normal existence that she longs for. But fate has its own plan for Dahlia. Now she has to find courage she didn’t know she possessed to fight for her own future.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 3.00