I'm writing this review from my phone, so please excuse any autocorrect fails haha
I pre-ordered this book back when I first heard about it, because whI'm writing this review from my phone, so please excuse any autocorrect fails haha
I pre-ordered this book back when I first heard about it, because while I'd never read anything by this author (I'm just not that into contemporary romance), I follow her on Facebook and have really enjoyed her personality and posts.
Let's start with the few things that weren't really for me..
* The extremely casual first person POV was a little hard for me to get into at the beginning. * Our heroine constantly complains about how she's treated like a baby, yet despite having proved herself physically capable over and over, her actions do nothing but reinforce her family's beliefs that she simply can't emotionally handle responsibility/freedom/honesty etc.
Now, before y'all come at me with the pitchforks, YES, I felt just as frustrated as she did about how her family treated her, especially in regards to her lack of freedom. I also understand that a lot of her childish action were in reaction to the injustices she felt by their treatment of her. In the end, I was very torn between wanting her to succeed in her bid for more freedom, and wanting her to grow the eff up a little and stop being so impulsive and actually THINK before she acted.
* They threw their hands up. All of them. Everyone. Constantly. Thirteen times people threw their hands up, and that's just what I counted after it had happened so often that I started noticing it. Sure, it's me being overly picky, but when a word or phrase is used often enough to be noticable, it takes me out of the reading experience, and that's unfortunate.
* It was a bit predictable at times, especially in that I already noted down my suspicions about the "twist" several chapters before it was revealed.
Now that the depressing housekeeping is out of the way, I can say this: I loved this book. I know, it may sound like I didn't like it from the points I listed above, but in truth, this was a thrilling, silly, sweet, romantic book that once I got into, I truly couldn't put it down.
I LOVE the premise of The Patchwork, of the new twist on immortality, the horrible family politics, and yes oh yes a heroine that is extremely different from any other that I've read. (I also loved the hero, but I can't really expound on that too much without ruining things)
Do be warned, that while this book doesn't technically end in a cliffhanger, it's a Happily For Now ending rather than a Happily Ever After. (ok well no to be completely honest it's totally a cliffhanger, but not nearly as painful as some other ones I've come across).
I can't say as to whether or not fans of her other books will enjoy this one, as I've never read any of them myself, but I will say that if you're a fan of New Adult paranormal romance (with a touch of explicit sexytimes), you will enjoy the world that this author has crafted, and I highly recommend it.
I know I, for one, will be pre-ordering the next book as soon as it is available.
I can understand why this book won the contest -- it was hard to believe that this is a debut author.
With a cool twist on the Amazonian legends, a strI can understand why this book won the contest -- it was hard to believe that this is a debut author.
With a cool twist on the Amazonian legends, a strong heroine, a crafty emperor, intrigue, betrayal, and....a Bachelor-style contest to find the Emperor a wife?
That last part is not nearly as ridiculous as it sounds, and combined with great pacing, interesting characters, and just the right amount of steam and action, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
While the HEA wasn't exactly what I'm used to, and the chemistry between our protagonists not necessarily there from the beginning, I still enjoyed romance, and was happy with the way things worked out in the end.
This one was a bit on the silly side, but not in a bad way. Pretend engagements are always entertaining, and this one was no exception.
To be completelThis one was a bit on the silly side, but not in a bad way. Pretend engagements are always entertaining, and this one was no exception.
To be completely honest, I picked this one up several times and put it right back down before going further, because the start of it simply didn't appeal to me. Some silly nonsense about our hero being a... erm... Hero, and our heroine quite honestly annoying the piss out of me (well, actually her sister did that more, but still..) I couldn't really get past the first few chapters for a while.
Once I did, though, began to find some of that grating silliness to be far less grating and far more entertaining.
I did enjoy the angst of the fake engagement and I LOVED when our hero was put in his place for being stupid about how he went about things.
Overall, a quick, light read that was a pleasant way to pass the afternoon.
**spoiler alert** I have to preface this with I LOVE Hailey Edwards' books. Love them. Hands down one of my favorite authors EVER.
This o**spoiler alert** I have to preface this with I LOVE Hailey Edwards' books. Love them. Hands down one of my favorite authors EVER.
This one didn't really do it for me. Mai has sadly never been my favorite character in the Black Dog series (Go #TeamShaw!) and there were just too many things I typically avoid in romance all going on at once. I'm not a fan of kidnappings, but I DO like when the kidnappee (is...is that a word?) gives their captor a huge run for their money. Mai... didn't. Not really, despite her initial escape attempt.
Now, I understand that there was a deeper reasoning behind it, but I really wanted to see her make him suffer rather than convert to his side as quickly as she did.
I love the idea of fated mates. It's TOTALLY my jam. Yet I felt cheated out of that in this book due to the amnesia thing and the flashbacks. Plus, I honestly wasn't feeling the romantic tension between the two.
Sure, her dad is an oppressive dick and I enjoyed that angsty bit of betrayal (especially the chubby kitsune thing lol), but in the end, this was, for me, by far the weakest entry into this series/world.
Even so, it wasn't all bad. There was humor and family, and pop culture references (hell-O Japanese Dean Winchester!) and of course, Thierry plays a nicely sized part.