I had such high hopes for this book, since it seemed to have so many things I usually love: undercover cops falling for each other, the ofy trope, and...moreI had such high hopes for this book, since it seemed to have so many things I usually love: undercover cops falling for each other, the ofy trope, and an interesting antagonist.
I gave up on this one much earlier than I usually do (50/1012 in ibooks), but even by then I'd seen enough to disgust me:
--each of the protagonists is introduced to us leaving their hookups for the night in a spectacularly asshole-ish fashion, making me instantly dislike both of them
--the female work partner of one of the assholes lets herself into his apartment to wake him up and then proceeds to spend the next 10 pages blatantly ogling him while asking if he's sure he's gay. So now I hate her too. Because, honestly? That's supposed to be the way a female police officer behaves? And was this the behavior that made Scott trust her enough to come out to her? Cos, wow, yeah. That makes a lot of sense.
--the last straw, though, was when all four of these charming examples of humanity are at work and being awful to each other under the guise of "banter," this happens:
"Their Captain barked a command from the open doorway of his office. 'Cassidy, Bates, bring your girlfriends in here!'"
That's right. The Captain of a police force just referred to the female partners of two of his officers as their "girlfriends."
That's the point where I just couldn't make myself read any more.(less)
I just re-read this one, and I was disappointed that it wasn't anywhere near as good as I remembered from the first time. I'm a little afraid it's bec...moreI just re-read this one, and I was disappointed that it wasn't anywhere near as good as I remembered from the first time. I'm a little afraid it's because I've read more and discovered narrators I really do actually love, so coming back to this book, all I can focus on is how much Julian just honestly frustrates me. The smoking all the time and the fact that even though he supposedly has a job, we only saw him go to work once the whole book...
Plus, I hadn't remembered that the whole book was angst. (view spoiler)[ By the time Julian and Danny finally get together, the book ends. We only get little snippets of them being happy along the way, and the rest is them being horrible to each other in the name of fear. (hide spoiler)]
It's still and Ethan Day book, so obviously it was still a fun read, but it wasn't as awesome as I'd remembered.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Yet another instance when I should have paid more attention to reviews. Many of them said how annoying Ethan was, and I wholeheartedly agree. I have e...moreYet another instance when I should have paid more attention to reviews. Many of them said how annoying Ethan was, and I wholeheartedly agree. I have enjoyed similar characters in other books (there were times he totally reminded me of Rudy from Jet Mykles' Leashed series). However, Ethan went WAAAAAY past that into the realm of honestly annoying me. There was a line every now and then that cracked me up, but not often enough to make up for all the times he bothered me.
I was also confused as to how Ethan turns into an actual puppy instead of a grown-up dog. In every other shifter book i've read, the animal form ages along with the human form. and it was never mentioned that this lore was any different, yet when he shifts, he's a puppy. not only confusing, but honestly a little disturbing.
And Jarek often didn't make sense either. he's called Ethan and Christian's "Master" and yet, he never does anything to try to discipline or bring either of them under control. And he often behaved in ways that seemed like they didn't fit. Like jogging after Ethan when he runs to Christian's table in the restaurant.
The second thing that I ended up agreeing with from other reviews was the violence. When I read that, I thought "okay, so there's some fighting or something. nothing i've not read before." Um, no. In this book, what "violence" means is watching people get calmly and methodically torn into pieces.
All of that being said, I really did enjoy the way Ethan and Jarek were together, and the way they went about bringing Christian into their relationship. And all three of them together was sweet and hot and much more fun to read than the first half (maybe because Ethan couldn't talk? :P)
I loved the idea of a town created as a haven for supernatural misfits. And I enjoyed the townspeople that were introduced, and wished I could have met more!(less)