This book seems to be one of those that everyone loved but me. Maybe I would’ve enjoyed it more had I read Hopeless2 ½ stars – Contemporary/YA Romance
This book seems to be one of those that everyone loved but me. Maybe I would’ve enjoyed it more had I read Hopeless first? Nevertheless, this version of the story told from Holder’s POV was rather boring and repetitive with too much time spent lamenting and contemplating feelings, thoughts, conversations, secrets, and actions. I wanted things to progress much faster than they did, but at least the latter part of the book was better.
Also, I listened to the audiobook and the male narrator had an annoyingly slow and whiny speaking style that definitely lessened my enjoyment.
The only thing I liked about this book was the Austin, Texas setting. Everything else about it was annoying,1 star – NA/Contemporary/Romantic Suspense
The only thing I liked about this book was the Austin, Texas setting. Everything else about it was annoying, ridiculous, implausible, and melodramatic.
*Weak, stupid, annoying, TSTL, and doormat heroine.
*Quite possibly the absolute worst, bitchiest best friend and secondary character–EVER! I loathed her to utter distraction. I couldn’t stomach that the heroine remained best friends and continued living with her after everything that happened. I spent the entire book infuriated and dumbfounded over their supposed friendship.
*Over-the-top psycho stalker villain.
*Hero is a 20-something undercover cop with grey eyes, a lip ring, and tattoos, drives a motorcycle, plays guitar, and is all mysterious, sexy bad boy on the outside and besotted, sweet gentleman on the inside. Eye roll! It just didn’t work and felt like the author was trying desperately to check every NA romance box.
*Unbelievable and poorly plotted stalker and serial killer suspense storyline with graphic and gratuitous assault/violence.
I guess I’m in the minority, but this didn’t work for me...at all. The heroine’s immaturity and inner dialogue re2 stars – Contemporary/Sports Romance
I guess I’m in the minority, but this didn’t work for me...at all. The heroine’s immaturity and inner dialogue really annoyed me, especially in the beginning, and I almost DNF’d it. Eventually the story picked up a bit and held my interest more, but the heroine continually irritated me and Remy didn’t wow me either. I also felt like his (view spoiler)[bipolar disorder (hide spoiler)] was sensationalized and not portrayed well. Overall this was just an okay/average read. Hype letdown...it happens.["br"]>["br"]>...more
5 stars – Paranormal/Vampire/Urban Fantasy Romance
Thoughts Before Reading:
The fact that this takes place in Austin, TX and the addictive sample on Kin5 stars – Paranormal/Vampire/Urban Fantasy Romance
Thoughts Before Reading:
The fact that this takes place in Austin, TX and the addictive sample on Kindle that gave an awesome glimpse of the author's writing and of the unusual storyline definitely have me intrigued.
Thoughts After Reading:
I'm partly biased because this is set in my own city of Austin, Texas, which definitely contributed to my reading experience, but it's a very well-written, intelligent, and dark paranormal/urban fantasy romance that manages to be unique, despite that there are so many vampire series out there. Miranda's healing and personal transformation is emotionally powerful, gripping, and moving, and Prime vampire of the South David Solomon's sexy, intriguing mix of badass warrior, computer genius, ruthless political leader, and caring protector was swoon-worthy. Their connection is magnetic and believable, and the relationship development is realistically paced, especially considering Miranda's draining gifts and that she's a survivor of a brutal assault. They're wonderful, complex characters, and I really loved them as a couple. There's also a fascinating cast of secondary characters that I look forward to learning more about.
It's a gritty, affecting, and compelling series debut, and I can't wait to see what's next for Miranda and David in Shadowflame. 5 stars!