Nothing special. Plot is a bit lacking. Sex scenes were ok. Novel suffered a lot from jarring continuity problems. In one sentence the guy takes his j...moreNothing special. Plot is a bit lacking. Sex scenes were ok. Novel suffered a lot from jarring continuity problems. In one sentence the guy takes his jeans off, in the next they're still on him and in the way. Someone serves up lasagne, and in the next sentence they're eating steak. Could do with a better editor.(less)
Enjoyed this one on the whole. There were some fantastic sex scenes. And despite it being a fairly straightforward friends-to-lovers style romance wit...moreEnjoyed this one on the whole. There were some fantastic sex scenes. And despite it being a fairly straightforward friends-to-lovers style romance with no extra plot or themes on the side (I usually prefer some scifi, mystery or paranormal plot with my romance), the tackling of issues such as coming out, homophobia and the threat of gay-bashing, makes the story so much more involving and relevent than a comparably simple het romance ever could be.
I did find that the ending of the novel was a bit flimsy and wandering, felt like after all the sex scenes were done with the author just lost a bit of interest in her writing.
Q: How does a vampire give a blowjob? A: very carefully. Except no he doesn't because this book has no continuity regarding anything, not even fangs. Or...moreQ: How does a vampire give a blowjob? A: very carefully. Except no he doesn't because this book has no continuity regarding anything, not even fangs. Or maybe they just have kevlar coated dicks, who even knows.
Ugh. It really saddens me that I've been slogging through this series, waiting for the resolution of the Blay/Qhuinn story line, and this pile of shit is all we get. It was not worth the wait. Honestly I've tried to hold my expectations back a little bit, because Ward is not the best romance writer, and her writing even seems to have deteriorated throughout the series. Many characters now sound identical and its very hard to get interested in them. They talk the same, they have exactly the same interests (booze, fighting, sex), they are all complete mysoginists, and they all have sex exactly the same way.
So why did I expect Blay/Qhuinn to be anything different? Its been building up for so long thats why, and it came down to 10 books of tension and buildup and a totaly anti-climatic resolution.
The majority of Qhuinn and Blay's storyline is just avoidance and misconceptions in a flailing attempt to create tension. For gawds sake this has been going on for the entire series, its not interesting!
And as it turns out, Ward can't actually write gay sex scenes. Oh she'll do the oral sex mostly okay, but she can't even bring herself to write the word anus, or anything related to it. So mostly we just get repetitive scenes of Qhuinn and Blay humping doggystyle, without lube (or is it magically self-lubricating butts, cos you never know with vampires, they defy the laws of physics and can ejaculated for 20 minutes straight), and the details are left to the readers imagination.
Apart from that, the majority of the book isn't even about Bhlay/Quinn, its just build-up for the other boring het couples that are coming up next. Just more miles of mysoginy, stalking, identical male characters, slut-shaming bullshit.
And then we don't even get a proper resolution. Time passes, they magically sort out their problems and live happily ever after.
Ugh same-old bollox. Not worth waiting for, not worth reading. I am honestly done with this series.(less)