Don’t Kill the Messenger is a paranormal romance that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Eileen Rendahl is not a visionary writer, but in this genre she doesn’t need to be, as long as she knows how to write a handsome, edgy love interest for the main character. My cynical attitude aside, Don’t Kill the Messenger is really not bad.
Melina drowned as a young girl. The near-death experience brought some pretty amazing changes, as she went from being Mundane like the rest of us to having her eyes opened to the things that go bump in the night. Melina’s special abilities enable her to become a Messenger, delivering messages and packages from one supernatural being to another. It’s risky work. A recent job lands her face down on the concrete after being jumped and having the package she is supposed to deliver stolen.
Don’t Kill the Messenger tells the story of Melina’s transformation from lowly go-between to someone who is willing to stand up for what she thinks is right. Rendahl’s cast of characters isn’t particularly special, but she doesn’t go overboard and make everyone sexy and irresistible and otherwise over-sexualizing the story. The bad guys are well-developed; their ruthless, self-serving motivations are so much easier to swallow than some need to just be evil. It’s still a paranormal romance, but there is enough action and adventure that I was not put off by all the relationship-focused parts of the book.
As a time-filling novel, Don’t Kill the Messenger is easy to enjoy. The pace is fast, there’s enough humor to entertain, and Rendahl does not spend too much time with her characters in between the sheets, which would have ruined the story. Not too shabby….