**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this story, and I really liked the author's writing style. It's somewhat... poetical? Not sure if that's the right word, b...more**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this story, and I really liked the author's writing style. It's somewhat... poetical? Not sure if that's the right word, but that's the best way I can describe it. :)
It's a good start to what will be a longer story, but I do wish the author had slowed the pace down a little bit, and taken the time to flesh it out some more. There's also some very fast insta-love going on, which I'm normally not a big fan of. Although, that tends to go hand-in-hand with shifter stories, so not really a big deal for me in this case. And some of the dialogue towards the end was a bit too sappy/sweet for my tastes, but again, not so bad that it ruined my enjoyment.
However, I did have some serious issues with a couple of things: the moving in together and the sex scene. Unless I missed something, these two characters have only known each other for a few days? And yet Trent invites Bennett (who is essentially a stranger - these two know practically nothing about each other) to move in with him? That's... not very bright. But to do something like that when you have small children in the home? Wow... that's just 10 kinds of stupid, irresponsible, and downright scary. Same thing with the sex scene. It's pretty safe to assume that shifters can't catch or transmit STDs, but at this point in the story, Trent does NOT know that Bennett is a shifter, and yet he doesn't even blink at having unprotected sex with him? Ack! WTF?!
I really wish the author had handled those two aspects of the story differently, because it makes it really hard to like characters who make such horribly bad/dangerous decisions like that... :(
But despite that, there was more to this story that I DID love, so those two issues didn't completely ruin it for me. And I was getting really anxious towards the end, wondering how the hell all of this was going to be wrapped up in just a few more pages. Then we get a scene where the shit is about to hit the fan, and suddenly... cut to black.
What?! Noooo! Holy mother of cliffhangers! No he did not! Well, yes, yes he did. LOL! :P So yeah, be warned. This is not a full/stand-alone story, and the cliffhanger is a real nail-biter.
So, overall... a pretty solid read, especially for a debut story! I'm really looking forward to reading the continuation. Hope it'll be out soon! :) (less)
**spoiler alert** Well, I really loved the first book in this series (gave it 5-stars), but this one was a bit...strange, in that the tone of it seeme...more**spoiler alert** Well, I really loved the first book in this series (gave it 5-stars), but this one was a bit...strange, in that the tone of it seemed quite a bit different from the first, and almost felt like it was written by someone else...
There was also a het sex scene (albeit, brief) that did not sit well with me at all. And then there was mention of Viggo marrying and having children at some point in the future, but oh...he'll keep Colum on the side as his lover. Yuck. :( I realize that may be "authentic" to the time/setting, but nothing kills my enjoyment of a story faster than that particular scenario.
After that little tidbit of info (which was unhappily stuck in my mind) I just couldn't properly enjoy the rest of the story. And then, after Viggo had been quite cruel and cold in the beginning (which was a bit of a shock, and made me feel quite bad for Colum), there were a few moments between the two of them, towards the end, that were kind of overly sappy, and seemed very out of character. It was kind of weird, and reinforced that feeling I had of it being written by someone else.
I don't know...the writing itself was technically very good, which is why I decided to give it 3-stars. But for my personal enjoyment of the story, it's more like a 2-star read for me. So I doubt I'll be continuing with this series. :((less)