**spoiler alert** I am a fan of well written erotica - and BDSM is a sub-genre that I really enjoy when done right.
Sinners is a short read, straight t**spoiler alert** I am a fan of well written erotica - and BDSM is a sub-genre that I really enjoy when done right.
Sinners is a short read, straight to the point. The sex scenes were plentiful and a few, quite hot. I understand that this novel started out as a short story and perhaps, I think it might have been more effective as one as I think it would've packed a better punch that way.
I liked the present tense first person narrative, I'm a massive fan of present tense! Third person of first and think it's not played with enough in mainstream fiction which is a shame, things feel more immediate that way and it some cases I feel it can even make you connect with the character a lot better :)
My one big issue I think was the scene with the brother, Theo. It was all forgiven way too easily, and this was actually an act that to me, serves as non-consent. It felt very much brushed over and Tabitha's own reaction to it felt so lukewarm I couldn't believe it. It left me feeling uncomfortable and wondering what planet these people were living in. For the serious scene that the story dealt with, I felt like it should have been countered with a more serious tone by the story itself....more
This book appealed to me because I really enjoyed P.C. Cast's Goddess Summoning series. I adore Greek Mythology, I love romance, what was there not toThis book appealed to me because I really enjoyed P.C. Cast's Goddess Summoning series. I adore Greek Mythology, I love romance, what was there not to get excited about?
The Gods have always been a tricky lot—and perhaps, in this, A. Star stayed more faithful than most. While Apollo made it clear that he loves Siobhan, there are no promises of fidelity, in fact, to the contrary. He's immortal, he's a God. A faithful God of the Greek pantheon does sound like a stretch I suppose.
Interesting take on it with the Influential Family acting as agents of the Gods on Earth. So much potential here!
Unfortunately for me, it didn't pan out. I've read my share of dub-cons—and there was quite a bit of that here—and I've come out liking them. But never one where the father was basically selling his own daughter to a God! Perhaps it just goes against my own beliefs, that even when up against the Gods, one would want to protect their own children instead. I felt seriously betrayed on Siobhan's behalf and don't understand how it could've been forgiven.
I had a lot of issues with Siobhan. She fell in love with a God? I can understand that and believe it. But I don't think it would've stripped her of her own pride and dignity. And there's also the fact that Apollo did nothing to actually contribute to making these feelings arise in her. Lust? Sure! But love? And then the long absences followed by his showing up and informing her that he was taking her children away? During the majority of the novel I felt like she was just treated like a glorified sex object.
Perhaps I'm too much of a romantic. I can accept a lot of things because Pantheon gods, faeries, vampires etc. they are not wholly good or wholly bad creatures, they're often morally ambiguous. I could've taken the promise of future infidelity, but I couldn't handle the taking of the children away from their mother. Or the mother's attitude in taking only a few moments to get over it and then proceed to spend her night with the God taking away said children. It just lead to me not really liking either character.
However, having said that, this is just one opinion and if you love Gods and don't mind imbalanced and rocky relationships, then perhaps give this one a go anyway :)
I didn't realise at first that this book was a continuation of an already existing series. There's no mention of it as a part of a series, nor does itI didn't realise at first that this book was a continuation of an already existing series. There's no mention of it as a part of a series, nor does it allude to previous books in the book summary, so I began reading it as a standalone. It probably fits in as the third book in the At Death it Begins series, but I was happy to plunge in, I've often started series midway (usually always by mistake lol) and it tends to pan out quite well!
In the case of After Death, maybe it would have been better to read from book one, mainly because I would've understood the existing relationships and their dynamics. But I did start to see what the main relationships were, romantic and otherwise.
I'm not sure that reading previous books would've made a difference to my overall feeling on the book and its characters. Though fast moving, the story feels crowded. It's clear the author has a lot to tell but I got this disjointed feel from it.
I'm not sure either how I feel about Lendyn's relationship with Callum. There was a big emphasis on the two of them coming together physically, and although I love a good build-up of sexual tension, the constant near misses didn't contribute to a slow burn or even to their relationship.
Lendyn's voice in the novel threw me. She comes across much younger than her actual age and I was surprised when I learned how old she was, though some of her attitudes and actions could be attributed to the fact that she is in the middle of a transition.
I'd say, based on what I've read, that this particular book isn't for me, but I'd say try the first book if you like the sound of the summary. It is a bit of a crazy ride :)k-...more