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Strange Little Band by Nancy Brauer and Vanessa Brooks

Two psychics, one mega-corp and all-around bad behavior 

Strange Little Band is the ongoing story of Addison and Shane, two self-centered, amoral psychics who work for the cut-throat Triptych Corporation. Their insular, comfortable lives are disrupted when, due to Triptych’s machinations, they become unlikely parents. How can they raise a child when they can’t trust each other?

Note: Strange Little Band contains some graphic sexual content, graphic violence, and harsh language.

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Listed: Jul 5, 2009

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two psychics, one baby, and a mega-corp that owns them all

By A. M. Harte, editor, author of Theatre of Horrors

Jul 24, 2009: The story follows the psychics Addison and Shane, who both work for the mega-corp Triptych, a mysterious company that seems to specialize in almost everything. Both of the main characters are strong and manipulative; it’s refreshing to read a story with such complex characters and so much hidden politics at play.

Addison is passionate, stubborn and controlling, oftentimes bitchy, teleporting pet psychic of Triptych’s boss, and a fiercely protective mother.

Shane is a part human, part alien supreme martial arts expert and workaholic, who has no friends by design. As a matter of fact, any time he seems to experience strong emotions, he retreats into his emotionless alien side, thus appearing heartless and uncaring.

 . . . now imagine the two of them having a baby.

Technically, this is a dark paranormal romance, which is personally not my cup of tea. But this isn’t the PWP you’d expect from the genre, this is something slightly more twisted, set on a background of a corporation that is as mystifying as it is sinister.

The beginning is perhaps a little slow, more character-driven than anything else, but the setting is intriguing, and I look forward to discovering more about Triptych now that Addison and Shane have a tentative trust. There are a couple of typos as well, but nothing too serious.

And the website is professional & easy to navigate, which made me very envious!

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Supervillains get sexy

By MJones, member

Feb 25, 2010: Strange Little Band is one of the sexiest stories on the internet, and how can it not be when you are looking at two supervillains navigating their way through parenthood and romance? The wonderfully adversarial relationship between Addison and Shane creates a dark comedy of errors inside of a top secret society that may or may not be on the side of the world outside of its nefarious influence. Unlike many romances, neither Addison nor Shane are likeable characters, their evil natures tempered only by their interaction with their children [more . . .]

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Perfectly Twisted Non-Sappy Romance

By Shutsumon, author of Tales of the First

Dec 2, 2009: (Cross-posted from my blog)

The blurb for Strange Little Band is somewhat unpromising. Indeed it makes the characters sound so totally unsympathetic that it put me off reading it for quite a while. Then I read some of the good reviews here and decided to have a look. I’m glad I did, because it’s actually very good. I think I read the entire backlog in one day when I started.

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Going to hell in a handbasket and loving the ride.

By Lyn Thorne-Alder, author of Side Quest

Oct 12, 2009: Strange Little Band is an engrossing love/hate story set in the heart of a cold-hearted megacorp. The main players, Shane, an alien half-breed, and Addison, a psychic, are themselves both the players and the played in the elaborate game The Triptych Corporation is playing.

While I, too, would like to see more of the science that makes Triptych run, I find the interpersonal relationships more than enough to drive the story. Neither Addison nor Shane are likeable people, and yet, living [more . . .]

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