Review 27: Butterfly Ops, Book One

It was long enough ago now that I don’t remember which author page Jen Doyle did a takeover on, but I was lucky and won an EdenBooks gift card from her. Of course I used it to buy the first book in her trilogy and I saved the rest, in case I wanted more of the set.

I haven’t read a lot of sci fi romance, because I’ve found the majority of it to be alien males needing to breed with human woman for . Fair enough if you need a handy hook to write some straight up smut, but not something I need a steady diet of. The Butterfly Ops takes a more robust stab at the genre, although to be fair it’s probably more solidly in the contemporary fantasy arena, since it features vampires, super heroes, and a host of folks with assorted mental powers. But the appearance of government forces mucking about with genetic alteration pulls it to the sci fi side, at least to me.

Sadly, the writing in the first book doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the concept. It’s slow. “I almost didn’t make it passed half way” slow. There is a whole lot of bait dangling and far too much inner character angst, while nothing much actually happens. As an editor, I would have cut out a couple of chapters at least. Fortunately, it picks up in the final third; not a lot but enough to get to me to finish it. This is definitely in the range of an epic length book broken into three parts for consumption, not a series. There’s no great cliffhanger, nothing is resolved, it just kinda stops.

Leaving aside their inclination to sit and steep in their own angst, the main characters are reasonably appealing. Or at least, they have potential. And that’s why I’ll likely read Book Two. I want to see if these two can reach their potential. Once they muster up some courage and get a few pokes from friends, they finally start acting like mature adults and talking to each other!! And that’s why I’ll likely read Book Two. I want to see if these two can reach their potential. And I want to see their damn mission actually get started! They make it through a whole book without doing a single thing about the problem that’s brought them together. Irritation is not a reliable motivator when it comes to books, but in this case, it seems to have worked.

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