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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Review: For Better Or For Worse

For Better or For Worse
by Tamelia Tumlin

Colten James despises the curse that transforms him into darkness with each full moon. When his fiancĂ©e, Kate Wentworth, finds out about his secret shame, he contemplates ending the curse once and for all. Can Kate prove to him that she loves him for better or for worse before it’s too late?

This very short story takes an interesting look at what happens when a werewolf falls in love with a human. The plot of “For Better or For Worse” is limited to a single night, when Kate pledges her undying love to Colten, her fiancĂ© with a secret that is revealed under a full moon.

While their love seems true enough to last not one but two lifetimes, I almost felt as though this story could have been longer, to develop Kate and Colten’s feelings and motivations more fully. I did enjoy the details of the setting, however, and the haunting feeling of the whole story. Ms. Tumlin definitely draws the reader into the danger of the moment.

The writing itself does have some tense shifts and awkward moments, but they do not really detract from the story. “For Better or For Worse” is a quick read and one that will leave readers wondering what came before this single night. In fact, I’d say Kate and Colten’s relationship could easily be expanded into a longer story. More, please!

Review by Dandelion