It's funny, I haven't finished this - but that to me is telling. I typically pick up the paranormal romance stuff and finish them each within 24 hours...moreIt's funny, I haven't finished this - but that to me is telling. I typically pick up the paranormal romance stuff and finish them each within 24 hours of starting (and they are usually quite a bit longer then this one). Don't get me wrong, a nice juicy scene in the first 25 pages is welcome - but I was perplexed by how within 15 minutes of meeting each other our 2 main characters are so "you're mine" and "I'm never going to let you go" and how fast she goes from orphaned no-one to commanding queen (again by the end of the first love scene - she's ordering him around and saying "if I am your queen...."). It is a little over the top - even for this genre.
I let go of any expectations of great writing (you know, the kind that leads to reprints by Penguin Classics or that sort - Jane Austin, Alexandre Dumas, etc.) when I step into the romance section of the book store - but I have been pleasantly surprised in the past by some awfully good plots, character development, etc. in certain series in that area - where I can't wait to read the next book in the series - well, here, I am not sure I am even going to finish the first book. I mean, the first chapter leaves almost nothing to be imagined - in the story or on the sex scene.... could we have learned more about each character over time? That's how readers become invested in the book - but learning about them gradually, giving the reader time to appreciate and like the character. Here they both spilled their guts in the first 5 pages and from what I see in the review - I shouldn't expect to get a whole lot more on the character development front. I also have a hard time reading this type of book when in the first person point of view. It's all "I" this and "I" that - but yet we still get to see/learn what others are thinking and feeling -without being told by the great narrator in the sky? It doesn't work for me.
Two weeks after starting, I am still only about 1/3 of the way through. I will probably tough it out - in the hopes that it gets better. But I don't have high hopes.(less)