Hello, Dear Bloggites. Well, this is a first for me and man was I pleasantly surprised. As you all know, I love helping new and up-and-coming authors promote their books, so I was truly touched when I received an email from the author, Suzanne Falter, who offered a free copy of her book to me if I was willing to write a review for her. Of course, I accepted because based on her description of the book, I was intrigued by the storyline.
This book review is on Transformed: Paris by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey. It is indeed a fun spy novel. When I saw the little sub-title of the book that said, “A Quirky Queer Spy Novel” I did not think anything of it other than thinking it was going to be a good old-fashioned old school spy novel. Never did it cross my mind that it was about a multitude of sexual preferences throughout the spy storyline, because my brain does not go to homosexuality or pansexuality or transgender when I see the word queer. My brain is not built like that, people are people to me, any sexual preference they may have is fine with me. I am a heterosexual gal, but have many, many friends who prefer a different lifestyle, so I think nothing of words and their slang meanings in this day and age.
That being said, I loved this book and all the quirky characters I met within the pages. 🙂 The two main characters are Charley, a Transgender spy, and his girlfriend, Electra, a dominatrix. Charley has been sent on an assignment to Paris, France to help break up a plan for planting dirty bombs all over Paris. Of course, Electra is not one to sit on the side lines and immerses herself into the thick of things once she arrives in Paris with Charley. The reader instantly falls in love with these two characters because of how they interact with each other. Almost immediately, you are introduced into all the players of the storyline. From the bad guys to the good guys and some surprise helpers, the reader can relate to one of the many dimensions of each character.
The author, Suzanne Falter and her co-author, Jack Harvey, did a wonderful job with how they wrote all the characters. Each character in the book had unique personalities and habits and tendencies that the readers can relate to throughout the storyline. You want sexual tension, this novel has it; you want intrigue, you can find it here; you want loveable characters, look no further! This novel has it all from espionage to kidnapping to love, found and lost then found again, you have it all, Dear Bloggites!
The novel was well written in an easy to read style that does not trip up the reader or make the reader struggle to read through the chapters. My only critique I have of this book is that the writers put a little too much emphasis on the sexual preference of each character at the beginning and they also discussed different terms that most people, who do not live that lifestyle, would not know and it was not explained in the novel.
The storyline kept me totally interested in wanting to know what was going to happen next and any reader of this book will find that they are anxious to see what will happen next. If I had not been fighting an illness, I would have sat down and read this novel in one sitting because the storyline kept me wanting more. Kudos to Suzanne and Jack for providing a wonderful, unexpected story that I will gladly share with all my non-Neanderthal friends who love a good read!
I give Transformed: Paris (A quirky queer spy novel) by Suzanne Falter & Jack Harvey 4 out of 5 Bookmarks! Thank you, Suzanne, for trusting me with your novel and I will definitely be checking in on Charley and Electra in future stories. 🙂