Jul 13, 2011

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Guest Review: When a Mullo Loves a Woman by JoAnne Kenrick

Paranormal Romance
December 3 2010
204 pages
Decadent Publishing
Received from author

Yummy Man – Adam Flint
Kick Ass Chick – Pearl Kizzy

Christi from Smitten with Reading is here today to review When a Mullo Loves a Woman by JoAnne Kenrick.  Christi reads like a machine and I am always in awe of what she accomplishes in a week.  And because she reads like a maniac, her blog is constantly being updated with new reviews.  Sometimes two or three in one day!  You all need to check it out.

Story overview:
She thought the Mullo was just a myth…she was dead wrong.
Adam Flint’s Gypsy visions always guide him to those who need his paranormal gifts.  He gets more than he bargained for in Pearl Kizzy, a beautiful spitfire from Liverpool.  Adam knows that to save Pearl, he must help her accept her own Gypsy heritage.  Although Adam and Pearl fight their burning attraction for one another, a night of passion sparks memories of their treacherous former lives.  Unable to face the loss of Pearl in this century, Adam scrambles for distance from the love of his life.  A rejected Pearl falls into the arms of a Mullo – a gypsy vampire – who lays claim to her heart, and her life.  To survive, Adam and Pearl must accept their tragic past, and find a way to kill the undead.


This was a totally original story line for a novel, involving gypsy magic, ghosts, and a bit of voodoo thrown in.  Pearl is the heroine in the story and throughout 75% of the story, she doesn’t understand what is happening.  Thrown into the mix is Celeste, Pearl’s best friend and roommate, who seems to know more than she is letting on 1/2 the time and completely flighty the other 1/2 of the time.  There is also Evan who seems to have a love interest in Pearl, but his ex Amy keeps showing up and he is definitely sending mixed signals. Finally, there is Mr. M (M for mysterious, although later we find out his name is actually Adam) who shows up out of the blue at strange intervals with vague warnings. Regardless of his mystery, Pearl is immediately drawn to him.

There is a lot going on with this book from ghosts to murders, from family secrets to past lives.  At times, it gets to feeling a little disjointed, most especially when the characters’ attitudes in the book jump from one extreme to another within a scene.  There is a jumble of story lines going on that vaguely intersect, but I would have preferred that a few things, like the serial murder story line, be left out of the mix completely, because in the end they really didn’t affect the story.

Personally, I would have really preferred the story to have focused more on Pearl and Adam because I really did enjoy their love story. I enjoyed how their story line built up slowly to reveal their connection. And while I thought that there were a few issues with the way that Celeste’s character was written, I really enjoyed the shocker with her too…it took me completely by surprise.

If you are looking for something really different, this may just be the book for you.

2.5 stars

  1. **BIG WAVE** HELLO CHRISTI! 😀 Glad to see you over at Julie’s site today. Great review as always and it does sound interesting. I just am not sure if it is right for me. It is a new concept and I’m happy to she you tried something new out and took a chance! 🙂

    Also, everyone, if you haven’t checked out Christi’s site you should. I completely agree with Julie on this thinking because it’s awesome and even though she has a lot of book reviews they are always short and to the point! 🙂 Plus she’s an awesome friend to have, just like Julie! 😀

  2. Wow I use a lot of smiley faces. So 🙂 😉 😛 😀 Just had to throw them in there!

  3. LOL, Deanna, you crack me up!!!

    Thanks for having me here today, Julie!!

  4. The mullo? That sounds so weird and not hot at all.

    But great review :=) and nice to meet ya

  5. I think I’ll give this one a try. I have a thing for gypsies. 😉 Nice review!

  6. I read this one and found it to be very different. I’m glad you reviewed it!

  7. I totally missed this review, sorry xx
    Better late than never though, eh? Thanks so much, Christie, for taking the time to read and post such a thorough review. And I’m glad you enjoyed the twist with Celeste 😉

    This book is something very different to the normal paranormal romance, with strong mystery elements to it, and I truly appreciate you taking a chance at trying something new. Thanks again.

    And for those wondering what a mullo is, (basically soul-sucking vampire) there’s a blog post I’ve written about it here: ALL ABOUT MULLO http://WWW.JOANNEKENRICK.COM

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