CdnMrs Reviews: R.L. Naquin’s Monster In My Closet

  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (July 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00814M3A2
  • Buy at Amazon

I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn’t imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I’d seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?

After all, I’ve always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don’t get me wrong, I like helping people—and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course…

I’m not really sure why I picked Monster In My Closet out at NetGalley. I don’t think I even really read the synopsis that closely, I just grabbed it because I knew I needed to read and review something. What I found in this book was a really delightful, magical story that was a complete pleasure to read and different from the rather dark books I’d been reading. It was like a happy, smart palate cleanser for my brain.

The characters in Monster In My Closet are fantastic. Zoey, our heroine, is awkward, caring and brave. She can’t help but help people, and non-people, but isn’t made out to be a martyr. The paranormal good guys are sweet and loyal and have the same problems as you and I might have but with the added element of being a closet monster or brownie. I mean can you imagine being the grim reaper and trying to date? You’re always on call! Our villain is evil, calculating and horrible, just as a villain should be. To top it off, he’s also a really lousy dresser.

The world building was great and was smart, concise and simple. I didn’t feel like I needed a degree in Yugoslavian fairy tales to understand it and that also added to my enjoyment of the Monster In My Closet.

I guess Monster In My Closet would be classified as a Paranormal Romance. You’ve got closet monster, fairies, brownies, incubi, grim reapers, empaths, etc, but the romance is very subtle. It was more sweet than sexy and I’m alright with that.

Although there’s potential for Monster In My Closet to become book 1 in a series, R.L. Naquin doesn’t leave readers hanging and kindly avoids ending Monster In My Closet with a cliffhanger.  (Side note: Monster In My Closet is, in fact, book one in R.L. Naquin’s Monster Haven series. Pooka in my Pantry, book 2, is scheduled for release March 2013)

Don’t be fooled by the less than stellar cover art. Monster In My Closet is a fun read, perfect for a day at the beach or after a dark/deep read.


ARC provided by NetGalley

  • Patricia Eimer August 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Okay this sounds really cute and I love the titles.

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