Even for a romance novel, this author's use of hyperbole was eye-rolling. Literally. She also used so MUCH slang her characters THOUGHT in slang. Does anyone really think "OMG" as an acronym in their own heads? It was annoying how often the heroine described herself (over and over) as strong and "take-no-prisoners" but all she said or did was squeak and run like a mouse. Anyone in her situation should be just plain scared. So all the descriptions of the heroine as brave seemed like a smoke screen to make this very traditional tale of male dominance more palatable to the modern emancipated (and apparently moronic) woman. Part of this effect might have been the constantly-breathless high-pitched portrayal of the heroine by the male narrator who, otherwise, did a great job. (Part of the appeal of this book is that the narrator is male--unusual for a romance.) The icing on this poo cake was the worn-out romance-novel dominance-submission script that not only approached but perhaps actually arrived at "rapey." SPOILER: The heroine is, in fact, impregnated against her will, which in the story is a death sentence, then takes about 3 pages to get over it and sell the rest of her (short) life into captivity to be with the perpetrator because he is her soul mate..because, apparently, whether or not someone is your soul mate has nothing to do with how they treat you.If you read/hear this novel and don't find this aspect disturbing then I recommend the self-help book Attached as you probably have an anxious attachment style.
I've heard the first 4 books so far. This first book in the series was very good for a romance. The second was sadly cliche both in the dominant-submissive romance dynamic and authors choice of words. But Book 1 was strong enough that I was still willing to try books 3 & 4 and the series just keeps getting better. The author keeps using the words "dominant male" and "possess" but the actual dynamics are sophisticated and modern.
Yes, and I did. Book 3 in the series makes a come-back.
Her first book was refreshingly for the romance genre. But her 2nd book fell into the old romance formula cliche of the independent-yet-helpless female meets dominant male. Her over-use and occasionally mis-use of the word "fury" was laughable. But I liked book 1 enough to read book 3 anyway and it did make a come-back.
She does the range of male and female voices very well.
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