Read all three stories although I only wanted it for Showalter's. I give Showalter's story a 5/5. The emotions were great, story awesome, and I hope s...moreRead all three stories although I only wanted it for Showalter's. I give Showalter's story a 5/5. The emotions were great, story awesome, and I hope she writes more in this world she created.
The first story by Cherry Adair was confusing, but I've never read her series before. I found the story really jumpy. She has a tendency (unless it was just for the page limit) to stop a chapter when the action intensifies, and start the next chapter later on. She'll summarize briefly what happened, which was really annoying.
The third story wasn't either way for me. It was kind of bland. (less)
I want to give this book 1 star for the main storyline--but Qhuinn/Blay, Xhex/John, and the foreshadow for books to come gives it two stars more. That...moreI want to give this book 1 star for the main storyline--but Qhuinn/Blay, Xhex/John, and the foreshadow for books to come gives it two stars more. That's pretty whack. And so similar to the last book, which I had hated except for V and Jane.
It seems like the author (publisher, maybe?) wants to take this into a Urban Fantasy series instead of Paranormal Romance. And that's okay--except I fell in love with this series at PNR, not UF. I'm not a UF kinda gal.
(view spoiler)[ This reminded me of the 9th book: didn't care about the main couple at all. I loved Tohr before all of this, but this...just was not what I expected, and No'One/Autumn was...not an interesting character. Yes, I get they both have gone through a lot of depressing and horrible things; but I never quite got why they loved each other, despite the ability to identify with trauma. He never interacted with her in any appealing way, and she had no personality to fall in love with.
It was just...crap.
I had been hoping Wellsie would actually be reborn, because I just didn't get it. No'One was reborn, and she committed suicide; so why couldn't Wellsie? And trust me, Wellsie was better than No'One any day of the week. Not comparable at all, and not a heroine to replace or spotlight anywhere near Wellsie. It was a bad choice on Ward's part.
So...yeah. I only read it because of the side plots, just like with the last book. I think Ward is losing her touch, because the only interesting new character is Lassiter. I didn't like Xcor or the Band of Bastards at all; I even skimmed those until Layla interacted with them.
While I appreciated the Xhex/John story, as well as Qhuinn/Blay, I feel like those are the ONLY reasons I actually read the entirety of Lover Reborn (except for the 50 or so pages I half-read because they were boring and repetitive).
What's going on with this author? She made such a great foundation for Tohr, only to muck it up like this. Yes, trauma: I get it! So emotional trauma allows for the two main characters to be flat and repetitive? Please. So much potential, so much waste.
Please don't disappoint me again! I don't want to be done with this series yet... it's losing focus on where it used to be, and it's ruining the main storyline every time. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Oh man, this is a difficult one to review. First off, the story was interesting and I liked the relationship between Cami and Rafe. Basic story: After...moreOh man, this is a difficult one to review. First off, the story was interesting and I liked the relationship between Cami and Rafe. Basic story: After Jaymi, Cami's sister, died twelve years ago, Cami has been avoiding Jaymi's ex-lover, Rafe (big complicated story to explain that, will go into detail in the spoiler area). She has a lot of secrets, and Rafe has been trying to keep her for years. When the murders that had taken Jaymi start up again in Corbin County, Cami has to turn to Rafe and his cousins for protection.
I so understand why so many people didn't like this book. My eBook version had 40+ pages of complete back-story (the entire prologue). It didn't actually get good until 100 pages in, but more exposition and back story is littered in along the way in chunks. There was so much exposition my head hurt, and I didn't remember half of the details anyway. Seriously, Leigh should have rewritten the beginning, because it just doesn't make sense half the time, and the timeline is really messed up.
The book starts in Jaymi's perspective watching Cami (age 13) with her crush on Rafe. Jaymi's husband had died a year before and she had turned to Rafe as a lover to get through it (her deceased husband's best friend). Um....okay. That's kind of messed up, guys. You don't screw your husbands best friend, even if he is dead. Maybe take comfort, yeah, but are people really horny while mourning their "heart"?
So Jayme worries about Cami, breaks off the relationship with Rafe, and dies three days later (we see it in a vague flashback in the prologue from Rafe). He was told to protect Cami, but he takes off. Oh, did I forget the town hates them? They disowned Rafe and his two cousins in a very stupid complicated exposition about how the "barons" talk smack and the entire town believes it. Yeah, okay, sure. Whatever.
Then it gets more complicated - if that's possible.
Flash forward to Cami at 21. We learn Rafe would come to town (guess he became a Marine, but not really and we never learn what he actually was) and took her to prom, etc. But at 21, she is sneaking out of his hotel room after he just took her virginity... then it skips two months forward and she had a miscarriage (I think she implied there was a car crash) and she doesn't tell Rafe. Flash forward a couple more years (she's supposed to be 25) and everything we just learned is countered.
Suddenly, they say Cami was going to Rafe's hotel in Denver one every year for three years, starting when she was 18. But, earlier, we were told they kissed once a year until he took her virginity at 21. So Lora Leigh's editors really f'd up here.
The whole sex every year for three year thing seems to be the "truth" because the rest of the story goes with it.
Okay, now go on forward again.
When Cami finally tells Rafe about the miscarriage, he doesn't seem to respond right away, which really messed up the flow of the scene. Then he confronts it twice before he seems to "calm down" about it, even though I thought they resolved it the first time.
Ok, and Cami's relationship with her "father" Mark Flannigan. Depressing. Why was she so hung up on that douche? Moreover, she's told TWICE that he's not her father. The first time she's cool with it. The second time there's anger and then a good riddance. But why do people need to be told things twice in this stupid book for them to understand something?!
Oh, and Cami told Rafe she loved him before the end. Did they both forget that when they had the momentous "I love you" scene? Shesh.
Now, finally, who the hell was Lowry? Was he mentioned in the 40 page prologue? Cause there were so many names in this book that none of them stuck. Half the time I wasn't even sure who Mark Flannigan was (Cami's father). And the random couple in the middle of the series that was getting phone calls: who were they?!
I pay attention to my books and read this all in one day. So it's not like I could have forgotten what I read.
But pros about it: the emotional scenes were great in most areas. The sex was hot. And I want to hear about Crowe and Amelia so I'll read the next one.
But, please, get a better editor. My services are for hire if you need them. I could do such a better job than this rubbish.(less)