With an average plot that relies heavily on earlier books, this instalment brings little extra to the series. It is only the reminders of good earlier world-building and characters that kept me reading. The excess swearing, angst and slow plot with frequent recapping is a struggle to read. The empty characters and relationships also rely more on events and character development from earlier books. The book only improves a little when the training and mate competition begin.
Overall, this book disappoints as filler that makes me question why I have been reading this series. The rave reviews are perplexing. I can only assume it’s for the strength of the earlier storylines and character development.
Unfortunately this book falls victim to the reverse harem trap where the previously interesting plot simply devolves into the heroine bedding the new mates, who all blur when they are not developed and you haven’t recently read the last book/s.
Two stars for an ordinary read that lacks the substance of earlier books.