A reader gets sucked into the book she’s reading and is trapped, unless she convinces the hero of the story to send her home. Just her luck – the book is unfinished, and its sexy hero is far more alpha male than she’s prepared to handle.
What Naia doesn’t know: the story – and its hero – have been expecting her for quite some time, even though she has no idea what she’s doing there.
Naia must learn quickly how to navigate the dangerous, magical world of Black Moon Draw and find a way to woo the unlikely, uncooperative hero of the story, who holds the key to returning her home.
I love a geeky book that’s written as a tribute to avid book readers (as long as it’s done well, which this was!)
After being dumped by her fiance for another woman just over a week before her wedding, Naia does the only thing she can do – puts on her prettiest dress and demolishes two bottles of wine.
When she wakes up, she’s not slumped on a sofa being poked in the face by her cats – she’s in the world of Black Moon Draw. A world she’s was reading about on Wattpad only last night…
She’s immediately claimed as a Battle Witch – which implies that she has woken up with magic and fighting skills. Reading her desperate attempts to live up to everyone’s expectations is very entertaining!
The book is a beautiful mix of cliches and cult film references, with a hapless heroine and an alpha male hero who loves her all the same. What is special about this book is that despite all the familiar tropes, the ending still came across as a nice surprise that I hadn’t figured out from page one. The romance between Naia and her hero is a slow burn but very satisfying, especially after the huge romantic let downs she’s experienced so far.
I listened to the audiobook version of this story, narrated by Julie Hoverson. She reads with a wonderfully dramatic and campy style which I really enjoyed, it was very reminiscent of the Princess Bride, Labyrinth and Neverending Story styles which are referenced throughout.
This is a brilliant book if you’re looking for something a bit different, poking fun at the author’s typos and continuity errors and breathing new life into the classic trope of someone waking up in a work of fiction.
On a totally personal note though, the name ‘Naia’ was driving me insane because I hear that as a mispronunciation of my name all the time so it made me cringe every time!