By Amy Kennedy, RBTB Contributing Editor
Sometimes comparisons bother me. Like movie pitches: It’s Rocky meets Buffy, only set in the Renaissance!
Why can’t it be something completely different?
Yet sometimes comparisons are comforting: Try it, it tastes like chicken. And sometimes we're not talking so much a comparison as recognition – a hint or suggestion of something else.
When I first started reading L.L. Foster’s Servant series, I kept trying to think of whom I was reminded of by the heroine, Gabrielle Cody. Finally, with the third book in the series, I’ve had my revelation…
Like a punk-rock Joan of Arc, Gabrielle Cody, from L.L. Foster’s urban-edged, passionate romance, “Servant: The Kindred,” follows her calling – a wicked calling – to do battle against evil. If she doesn’t heed it, it hurts like hell, literally. And the pain lasts until she finds either victim or victimizer.
Gaby is reminiscent of Joan of Arc, maybe not in reality, for one thing, Gaby doesn’t plan on remaining a virgin, but absolutely in the idea of Joan – warrior maidens, both acting as God’s Paladins. Of course, Joan had an army at her back – Gaby, only a knife.
But lately Gaby’s had Detective Luther Cross at her back (and her front), an alpha protector whose faith is in the system, and, in Gaby. He doesn’t understand her “gift,” but he understands she has one, and doesn’t question how she gets her knowledge.
Now, Gaby and Luther are after someone who’s got a taste for blood. So far they’ve been too late to save any of the victims. The bad guy, Fabian, and his followers are pseudo vampires who drink their victims’ blood, thinking it makes them powerful.
Gaby senses who Fabian is, but with Luther at her side, she needs actual proof. What’s confounding her is this weird sense of recognition, she somehow knows Fabian, and it scares her.
As the chase heats-up so, too, does Gaby’s and Luther’s relationship. And when she and Luther finally do hook-up, (thank you) it’s just like you’d expect: hard, fast and up against a wall. But because Gaby sees herself as one of the monsters she hunts, she wonders when Luther will recognize this, and, inevitably, hate her for it. How can she drag the people she cares about – especially Luther – into this nightmare world of visions, pain, and callings? Luther is determined to convince her he not only wants her, but needs her too.
L.L. Foster has created a couple you can’t help but want to read more about, just to see what they’ll do next; a heroine made up of opposites: harsh and innocent, naïve and sensual; and a hero who might give-up his gun, but never his top-dog manliness. They are a reader’s dream couple. So, be like Gaby: Heed the calling, and --
Buy the book.
What are your feelings on long relationship arcs – having to wait a few books for the couple’s HEA, so to speak? And who’s your favorite fictional couple in books, tv, or movies?