Don't get me wrong - I won't judge anyone who enjoyed this book. Everyone has their own kinks! But something about the way this was written reminded me wayyy too much of real life kidnappings with sexual abuse.
First of all - the sex happened instantly, which is a big turn-off for me as an erotic/romance fan. Like whoa...I didn't even get to feel anything for the characters yet! I just didn't care what happened in the end and found myself being extremely turned off - so I had to quit it.
However, this author's other book 'The Krinar Chronicles' I enjoyed thoroughly. So eh, not sure why this one wasn't my cup of tea.
I'm very picky when it comes to erotic/romance novels, though I love them as they give me an escape from reality. I think the only thing that was off for me in this series is that I am not THAT deep into BDSM, but I stuck through it and still found I really liked it. Sevastyan is an extremely sexy male character and the narrator does a great accent. Also the main character of Natalie was great as well as she was smart and wouldn't take any nonsense. The first book was a lot of action and the last two were less, but still were great.
If you liked this series, I would recommend the Night Prince novels by Jeaniene Frost. Though that series has more paranormal references (vampires specifically) it floats along the same type of main characters battling to love each other. Vlad in that series is also very similar to Sevastyan's physical portrayal. These two series might be my favorite so far on audible in erotic section.
I have to say though, I checked out another book by Kresley Cole and it bored me to death. Not sure what the disconnect in the other novels is, but check this one out!
I will admit that the cover of this novel had me thinking it might be one of those fantasy/romance novels that were super predictable and also unbelievable in the fantasy. I almost almost didn't get it, but had some credits built up so I thought why not! I am very glad I did and I'm about to move onto Book 2.
It was surprisingly well written. I wouldn't call it a masterpeice, but yes, well written!
I really enjoyed this one and recommend it to others if you are looking for a romance/fantasy that isn't too over-the-top and not too predictable. I also liked that the author didn't dive into them having a sexual encounter within the first few chapters. Romance novel writers out there who are reading - the drawn out wait and sexual teasing makes it all the better!
*spoiler alert ahead*
Also, a great personality trait of Vlad is that he didn't spill his guts and profess his love for Leila instantly...in fact it left at a cliff hanger. Thank you Jeanine for doing this! One thing that never makes me want to continue a series is when an author gives away all the goods in the first book.
I also enjoyed this series more than the one with Cat & Bones.
I was skeptical to buy this one because the alien/sci-fi species wasn't really my type of book, but decided to go for because I had some credits built up.
I was very surprised when I started listening - I got interested very fast and enjoyed the story.
The narrator could have given more pause between each character, but I got over that eventually.
The male is definitely domineering and in real life, would be a totally unhealthy relationship. But let's all face the facts, in our romance books, we like a little domineering in our men! I found the book very sexy with the exception of Mia and how childish she was at points. I connected with some things she felt as I am similar to her description of being a petite brunette woman, but her reactions were a bit annoying.
If you have the credits and don't mind risking 1 - I say go for it and check it out! It's sexy enough to keep you interested for most of it. I think the last hour is when I chimed out and really already knew the outcome.
Worth a shot...
Ack, I really wanted to like this novel. I had heard from others that it was not great, but I decided to give it a go.
The beginning was actually not bad. But at about 3/4 through the first part of the book, I felt like everything had rushed into this unrealistic relationship.
There should have been more character development and a slower take on their relationship. Basically more seduction was needed. I am all about some great sex scenes, which is why I purchase these types of books, but this just seemed like it was one date, then bam, they are doing these crazy trips to other cities to have sex.
I just started part 2 and decided to give up. Sorry EL James, take it slower next time and I will like this sort of novel.
If you like the premise of this type of book, I suggest "Bared to You" by Sylvia Day. So much better than this and almost the same type of characters.
I absolutely loved the first book Outlander with no complaints. There was just enough drama and interesting action to keep me on edge.
Dragonfly in Amber I feel got a bit boring mid-book. The beginning was interesting and I was just waiting with anticipation for Claire to get back to see Jamie. I don't have too much interest in the Brianna/Roger relationship, but I like them individually as characters.
After they lived in France, my interest went down a bit and I actually almost forget large chunks of the book at this point. I felt like she threw in so many new characters that it was hard to keep up with them all as well as feel anything for them.
At the same time, it started getting interesting towards the last third of the book again and I feel in the end it was worth it. I'm about to start on the third book and I'm hoping for that back to back action and drama packed interest that Outlander had.
This is my favorite in the romance/erotica category. It has definitely been the hottest as well so far! It was written very well I feel for it's category.
The first couple times Gideon and Ava ran into each other and their exchange. I thought it was a perfect lead up to a hot romance. There wasn't too much teasing and not too many chapters before at least you got the hint that the romance was coming. At the same time I didn't feel it jumped into it too quick.
I think her voice fit Ava pretty well. I also enjoyed Cary (sp?) as a best friend. Of course, Gideon was played very well because by the middle of the book my sexual appetite had surged.
If you liked this book - I highly suggest "On Dublin Street" as well. It has a similar type of romance. Girl has semi-asshole guy wanting her and she resists, but in the end can't, etc.
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