A Royal Pairing in Perish is the first official book in The Coyote and The Claw series by C.G. Coppola, although we were previously introduced to the world of Perish in the companion novel In the Moment Before. It follows June (aka Quick Claw) and Nikolai (Black Coyote), two of Perish’s crime fighting vigilantes, as their path’s cross and they work together to bring down the city’s biggest crime boss.
Let me start this by saying I have been waiting for this book since reading In the Moment Before and I was not disappointed. The plot feels a bit like a superhero movie, which I have a bit of a weakness for and it hooked me from the first page. There’s lots of action and adventure to keep you engaged, and an amazing slow burn romance to keep things delightfully spicy.
Coppola’s writing is incredibly solid and makes the book an easy read to get lost in. Her descriptions of the fight scenes paint a perfect picture in the reader’s mind that allows you to visualize it clearly in your head without slowing down the pacing of the book. It’s a duel first person POV, and the author does an amazing job of making sure the narrators have their own distinct style and personalities. I also loved how the steamy parts of the novel were descriptive without being gratuitous.
If I had to point out anything in this book that wasn’t my cup of tea, it would be the chapter lengths (and that’s me trying very hard to find something to complain about). I wish that they had been a bit shorter, perhaps instead of dividing up the POVs within the chapter, split it between two chapters. I’m a ‘just one more chapter’ kind of reader, so I prefer them to be shorter.
I adored the characters in this book. June is smart, tough, and independent, but yet she has an amazing heart and ability to care about others. Her backstory is heartbreaking, and makes her the kind of character you root for throughout the story. Nikolai checked all the boxes for me (tall, dark, and broody). He is sort of a cross between Bruce Wayne and Bucky Barnes, and, as I am a sucker for the Winter Soldier, I was pretty much in love from the first few pages. We got to know a bit of his backstory and I can’t wait to hear more in future books.
I also loved the supporting characters. Each was written in a wonderfully developed way, and it made them seem real and believable. Even the villains are multifaceted, which I always appreciate, and I can’t wait to see where Coppola takes this series in the future.
This book was a 5 out 5 for me. It has action and romance and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of superhero movies. It’s rated 4 out 5 for spice, but my personal scale put it at a 3.5. I absolutely loved this book and it’s characters, and I think you will too!
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