Usually when you pick up a book, the first few chapters are on a separate high. They usually tend to encompass a lot of stuff, all of the tricks of the trade to grab the readers. Bovine tricks is the first book for me, whose first chapters made me want to retreat and never to return. Its a good thing that I have a strict policy against DNFing a book. It takes a lot for me to DNF a book and this book nearly scored that honour till I reached the mid of the book and it finally settled.
BOVINE TRICKS Official Synopsis
Lady Annabelle Trask is missing. Unfortunately, MISix doesn’t know if they’re looking for a woman, a cow, or something in between! Is it real or is it fantasy? That’s the question MISix Agent Mathilda Honoria Spencer struggles with on her latest assignment. Tasked with discovering the whereabouts of Lady Annabelle Trask, Tillie is thrust into a world of Hucows and other human animals. It’s a world that raises serious questions about sexual fetishes, intentional physical enhancements, and even, pornography, but in the end, Tillie has only one mission—to rescue and return Lady Annabelle to the Queen. However, as she and her partner, Agent Abdul Ali, attempt to find Lady Annabelle and keep her out of the clutches of terrorists bent on destroying the monarchy, they must also wrestle with their feelings for each other. Can they draw the line between their duty to the Crown and their relationship with one another? Or must they embark on separate paths to continue to serve the Queen?
BOVINE TRICKS RWAT Take
The major factor that repelled me is the core subject and theme. So let me but it in capital letters. AUTHOR IS AMAZING. HER WRITING IS AMAZING. What is NOT AMAZING is the story. The plot. It is PURELY ME because from the very beginning, reading everything made my skin crawl. The worst being that the book kind of have passiontely narrated the subject so in depth that it was literally boiling my skin.
if you want to picture my dilemma then imagine yourself attending a music concert. Only you discover after reaching the venue that the music is played by dragging nails through blackboard. It is hurting but then you have paid a ridiculous amount for the balcony seat right above the speaker. Plus you want to find out where this will lead to. So yeah that was me through the first phase of the book
Also I AM NEVER LOOKING AT A COW with a straight face again. (Those who have read the book will understand what I am saying). This is the first time I learnt about Hucows and fetish around…….Oh wait !! the bile is back…. Hold on …I need to throw up.
For somebody who was learning about this concept first time, Imagine having to sit through page after page for the explanation of each and every aspect of this concept… I literally saw my skin crawl out of my skeleton.
Ok I think I have tested the patience of author now. So let me come to the real review.
For me personally the first phase was like really hard to bear and picture. It was once when the attention was diverted from all the fetish and Hucow description that I could finally catch my breath and then it was comparatively much more comfortable for me to watch the events unfold. Although you have to admit that even the investigative trail was magically falling into places. But that helps you to actually follow things without having to sharpen your brain cells much.
With sexual fetish, pornography and the sex trades and everything thrown right into the very opening, the book would be a challenge to get through for anybody who finds these as an uncomfortable topic or have some serious trigger issues. The book kind of has gone in-depth in explaining and picturing them or maybe my mind went too vivid there.
So yes the first half is a tough nut to crack ( oh god !! i dropped an unwanted pun there) Second half is much more smooth and faster and easier. If you are looking for a full on action and Testosterone filled investigation then I would say you will have to notch down the expectation meter a bit down. Its more of an easy breezy thriller. Quick in and Quick out kind of investigation. Easy to follow and read on a weekend or for an in flight read provided you are able to swallow the whole sexual predator and abuse facts mentioned. It is a bit uncomfortable.
Personally I think I couldn’t enjoy the book because it dealt with a theme that I am not comfortable . So let not my taste in book cloud your judgment as I still feel second half was a quick and good read