I feel that I must point out the only reason I bought this book was to read Kresley Cole's story within, The Warlord Wants Forever, although I am a massive Sherrilyn Kenyon fan, so I may one day finally read her story as well, perhaps even the story from Jaid Black that features in the book.
However, until then, this review is for The Warlord Wants Forever only and I have to say it was a really nice introduction into Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series, even though I have read other books in the series already. Perfectly paced and sensual, it may have been a novella, but it wasn't that short; meaning there was plenty of time to enjoy getting to know Myst and Nikolai Wroth as they got to know one another.
Myst was a really quirky female lead. She was ah...kinda crazy at times, but in a good way and I quite liked her. Nikolai was sexy as hell; a real warlord and together these two just oozed sex. The romance between them was swift, but not too much as to take away the entertainment factor as they struggled with thier differences.
Cole wrote the sex scenes incredibly hot--like fan yourself hot and I loved seeing Myst and Wroth lose themselves to each other. It was tantalizing. They're another great couple who compliment each other wonderfully.
All in all, a great little start to The Immortals After Dark series that I'm already halfway through and loving. Immortals After Dark fans will want to pick this book up to read about the first Valkayrie to fall for an enemy and begin the tradition!
Inevitable Detour is a fast paced and dangerous story that features dark themes and plenty of romance in S.R. Grey’s debut novel!
Inevitable Detour is told through the eyes of Essalin Brant a twenty-two year old college student whose boring and predictable life takes a drastic turn when her best friend Haven is kidnapped and the only person who believes Haven didn’t willingly leave on her own is Havens older brother and ex-military man Farren Shaw. When Farren decides to track down his sister using his connections, Essa invites herself along on the cross country journey and soon finds herself beginning to fall for Farren, the mysterious man she’s crushed on through photographs of Haven’s for years, but who she has only just met.
What starts out as a journey to rescue her best friend, soon drags Essa into the dangerous world of human trafficking and sex slavery as it becomes evidently clear that Farren’s secret life and work are possibly the reason behind his sister’s abduction, and getting to know Farren may put Essa in more danger than she can handle......
I’m going to be honest here; I’m at two minds when it comes to Inevitable Detour. To begin with the premise blew me away and I was very excited to read the story but I don’t think the novel quite lived up to expectations. And I also had a couple of issue’s with the storyline and characters that kept me from ever really becoming blown away by the story.
Essa is for the most part a likable main character and Farren is sexy and appealing as a military man who is trying to rescue his sister, but I think the author tried too hard to have Essa and Farren’s relationship start straight away. Rather than have these two connect and have a great chemistry that develops into something more, Essa is basically obsessed with Farren before she even meets him; completely blown away by his smouldering good looks and sexiness. I just felt like the story would have been better if their initial relationship developed more naturally.
And yet, Essa and Farren have a really good chemistry. There were some great tender moments shared between them during their journey that are obvious pinnacle points where Farren’s feelings for Essa are beginning to deepen and become something real. I liked these moments and interactions; they were some of my favourites during the story.
My other big issue was Haven and her response to what she had been though. Now I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but this young woman had been kidnapped, raped and shared by different men. She’d been abused and assaulted and I just feel like she reacted too easily about the whole situation. Even if someone goes along with an assault and multiple instances of forced sex to avoid being hurt too much, surely they’re going to be traumatised and effected—Haven wasn’t as much as I would have expected and seemed ready to move on and be happy too soon. This just didn’t seem realistic in my eyes.
Problems aside, Inevitable Detour weaves together a harrowing kidnapping with a cross country journey that sees two people fall in love. Despite its quirks, the novel was fast paced and exciting at times—I may possibly pick up the sequel after that killer cliff-hanger ending!