In the Garden of Eve by Angel Propps

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In the Garden of Eve by Angel Propps
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (70 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

On a wet, icy, miserable day, on her way to a lunch meeting, Christy briefly encounters a beautiful woman she can’t forget—the first person to inspire her after months of fearing she would never paint again. Soon after, she meets Rachel, her gorgeous new neighbor and a writer. Rachel is also a woman with a secret, one that involves Christy’s new inspiration and may very well prove deadly…

Sometimes the experience that that originally sparked the creation of a new painting, book, or play is much more interesting than the finished product itself.

Almost everyone is creative as a child, but only a small percentage of people remember how to access that part of themselves when they grow up. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this novella was seeing how the characters wrestled with their creative sparks. This was my first introduction to Ms. Propps’ work. I was pleased with how thoroughly she seems to understand both artistic culture and her characters.

It would have been helpful if the characters who become romantically involved with one another had had more time to get to know each other platonically first. I understand being wildly attracted to someone you’ve just met, but the emotional side of their relationship moved far too quickly for me to find it believable. Portraying it as a purely sexual matter would have worked better for these particular characters since they’ve just met and only limited information about the rest of their lives was shared.

The science fiction elements of this tale were richly detailed and compelling. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at first due to how evasive the blurb was about this part of the plot. Not having any advanced knowledge of what would happen turned out to be a good thing, though, given how quickly everything begins to make sense.

I’d recommend In the Garden of Eve to fans of science fiction and romance novels alike.

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