This is a quick read. Nelson did a good job of creating a werewolf story with a strong plot idea and interesting charactI gave this book a 3.5 rating.
This is a quick read. Nelson did a good job of creating a werewolf story with a strong plot idea and interesting characters, but I kept thinking something was missing. Maybe a bit of backstory, definitely more depth of character, especially with Adam. Some of the secondary characters were one-dimensional as well.
I'm not a big fan of the torn-between-two-lovers (or in this case three since Adam is also involved in another relationship) scenario and I didn't like or buy pitting one pack member against another for love, or of the voyeurism displayed, but that may just be a matter of personal taste I felt there should be more pack loyalty here, despite any pushing or prodding. Especially having it go as far as it did. The overwhelming sex drive of a werewolf is not reason enough for these actions. In my opinion, the story would have been stronger if the mate bond got in the way of these natural tendencies of the species – confounding the two leads even more. I almost found Sawyer, Anna's alternate option of a love interest, a better fit.
Having said all that, Nelson does a good job with the mechanics of the story. She was successful at building suspense and sexual tension. She set the pace at non-stop and kept me turning the pages. Some of the scenarios didn't work out the way I wanted or expected them to, but she kept me reading and that says a LOT, given what I shared in the first half of this review. Nelson is a talented writer. Am I a fan of this series or world? Not yet, but I might be if future books address some of my issues. However, I’ve read (and loved!) the first two books in Nelson’s Gwen Sparks Series - Craved, and Deceived. I am a big fan of that series and will be back for more!
I loved the premise of this story: Interesting characters with new-found psychic abilities are recruited by a mysterious covert agency. Their mission:I loved the premise of this story: Interesting characters with new-found psychic abilities are recruited by a mysterious covert agency. Their mission: To stop a terrorist. Or so they believe. I'll leave it at that, in the interest of not revealing spoilers.
Fordham's main challenge in this book is building the credibility of her characters. The team is headed by two mature men, but the new recruits are barely old enough to drink. They certainly live the lifestyle people of this age often enjoy, complete with hangovers the next day. Now, probably for the first time in their lives, these characters are faced with harsh reality and life and death situations. Fordham is tasked with convincing readers that a government counter-terrorist unit would need to rely on this group of misfits to handle an issue of national security.
As a psychologist just starting out, Olive is confused about why they'd choose her, until she learns it's the entire team's special abilities the organization is really after. Relieved to know she's not the only one with a strange gift, and eager to get to know others similar, she agrees to help.
Due to a plot twist the new recruits are all the same age. They're immature and often unprofessional. Differing life experiences gave each unique outlooks, but not enough for them to approach their mission with the seriousness it requires. Needless to say, this gets them into hot water more than once. As a reader, this immaturity frustrated me at times, however, I believe this may just be a plot device used by the author.
Fordham wove twist after twist through plenty of action. She spent a lot of time telling me how the characters reacted instead of showing me, and I felt the momentum suffered because it. Without the opportunity to get inside their heads and figure these kids out for myself, I had some difficulty making an emotional connection to the characters. ...more