So I'm not so low key into paranormal shifter books. Lately it's been bears. Before it was cat shifters. Dragon shifters always. So the concept of "maSo I'm not so low key into paranormal shifter books. Lately it's been bears. Before it was cat shifters. Dragon shifters always. So the concept of "mate" doesn't exactly make me run. Even if it's a short cut to fast sexy times.
Amnesia is also a trope I like. Amnesia + Shifter should have been insta-hit.
But I don't know where this fell off the face of the earth. Was it when clearly Barry & Charli should have put two and two together about the robbery? Or when Barry went zombie like Charli should have questioned her safety? Or when Charli's boss more or less seemed disinterested in Charli's assertion that something is weird about Barry's possible involvement?
This is all basically in the first 40%, though to be fair Charli spends the first 20% vasilating about what to do, if she wanted to have sex with him, was it a good idea to keep him around.
Also spoiler - I thought this was a stand alone but it's the first in a series (I guess?) so we don't get a whole slew of answers (including who the hezmata Barry really is).
But that's OK, he's shifter enough to sort of understand that Charli is his and Charli is a telepathic Doctor Doolittle so she knows his bear thinks of her that way so let's build a future on that.
-.- just...your mileage may vary but I wasn't keen on this at all....more
I struggled with this review because the ending chapter and epilogue really soured my enjoyment of the book as a whole. As such this review will contaI struggled with this review because the ending chapter and epilogue really soured my enjoyment of the book as a whole. As such this review will contain a lot of spoilers. (view spoiler)[At first I really enjoyed the story - Silver is feisty, sassy and fun. She's very clear about what she wants and doesn't hold back for any reason. This was refreshing since with her life it could have very easily been different or come off as bitchy.
Logan is...harder to fullheartedly love, but since he's not above poking fun of himself it's easy enough to like him. His and Silver's relationship is partially predicated on lies (on both their parts), but later on Lyons does address that from both their perspectives so it's not that bad.
The sex is great, the supporting characters are largely unintrusive if not terribly interesting (well Vera is very interesting) and while the love came on fast & strong I was willing to overlook it in favor of continuing the banter fun.
A couple things niggled at me - Silver is quite fang happy. Not one of her sexual encounters with Logan didn't involve h biting her and to be honest while I'm cool with women stating what they want in sex, I feel like she was TOO into that aspect (to the point where she's on a date with another vampire and still finds sexual pleasure from his bite, so the author couldn't pass it off as "it's special for the because special bond") and the author makes a point of Logan observing, several times, other humans who were addicted to the sensation.
Then there was the largely pointless police division angle - if they took it out nothing would change. almost everything that comes from the plotline was handled in other ways. it was pointless and a waste of time.
For much of the book the "bad guy" isn't clear either. "Your evil former vampire sire is in town so watch out". Said evil person is so over the top it's ridiculous to think the vampire society at large didn't find her to be a horrible liability. The vague allusions to "things will change" and "some old ways aren't condoned" mean jack spit when YOU DO NOTHING ABOUT THE BEHAVIOR. "We can't pick what rules to follow" means jack spit if SHE IS PUTTING YOUR ENTIRE CULTURE IN DANGER.
And if I was Silver I would have been WAY MORE UPSET that her mom got murdered by this person basically bc the evil vampire wanted to take a pretty toy away from another vampire. But Silver barely bats an eye when the vampire says he pleaded with the evil vampire to not kill the mother. Fuck you try harder (far as I could tell he wasn't restrained by anything more than the rules he claimed were changing anyhow).
But what really got my goat was the last chapter Deus ex machina and the epilogue sledgehammer.
In Lyon's world a vampire is bonded to their site through a bloodbond. His connection to his original sire (Anastasia) is over written so she can't track nor torture nor have any sway over his life. OK sure. During the final fight, for no reason at all other then to be super petty, Anastasia insists on rebonding Logan to her. OK sure. But it's only bc she does this that a protection spell he had no idea about is activated when she tries to kill him, this kills her instead (it rebounds onto her) and turns Logan human.
Now that he's human the angst Silver DID NOT HAVE BUT HE INSISTED SHE HAD (about wanting a family and kids one day) is completely solved and they can ride off into the sunset.
Mind you Silver was okay with maybe not having kids, she was more worried about aging while he didn't, which is reasonable in my opinion. It was only because her mostly useless friend Ollie brought up the points within Logan's hearing that Logan was convinced she would regret her decision one day so maybe they shouldn't be together.
But hey who cares issue resolved he's human now so no moral quandary or hard decisions to deal with!
Which leads us to the epilogue, set three years later. Silver and Logan are married expecting their first kid. Reader I fucking hate, with every ounce of reading intent in my body, when authors show this in romances as the epilogue. I've hated it since I was a kid. It's one thing if it occurs during the story, but as an epilogue, which is supposed to reinforce the HEA of the chars, why the hell is it needed? If you did your part right that extra bit is redundant. Leave it up to the reader to imagine their happily ever after trajectory.
This is like a Hercule Poirot novel showing the bad guy getting arrested and taken off to jail...then an epilogue showing the trial just to reinforce the fact he is being punished. WE KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.
I really do love these Signet two-fers, so much cheaper then tracking down the editions and paying through the nose presumably.
Of the two novels preseI really do love these Signet two-fers, so much cheaper then tracking down the editions and paying through the nose presumably.
Of the two novels presented here I enjoyed The Disdainful Marquis much moreso then The Abandoned Bride. The two have a tenuous connection in the form of a minor character called the 'Vicar'. An older fellow who spent his youth in wild abandonment of pleasure he is content now to sit back and manipulate others to amuse himself. In Marquis he watches Catherine's plight with an amused eye--offering the protection she wishes only because he finds it diverting to have the prettiest most sought after young woman on his arm. In Bride he offers his knowledge--that is gossip of extraordinary proportions--to many of the characters, though he seems to have tempered his selfish need to be entertained.
Marquis is a fun romp through impossible situations. Catherine finds herself in the position of acting a prim companion when her employer would prefer if she was a (discreet) lightskirt. It takes her a little while to understand this--she is as naive as a kitten, but she tries her best to soldier through. She even gains almost champions in the Duchess' other companions--both lightskirts in truth. I admit it was funny to read the Duchess' thoughts on the matter and then read Catherine's--its simply amazing how even the most innocent comment can have such deep double meanings!
Bride...I enjoyed much less. I think I would have been fine with the story if not for the one action of Nicholas' that set my teeth on edge. Actually I lie. While both stories were based upon characters assuming the absolute worst of both heroines, Marquis has the redeeming feature of at least one character understanding the heroine's plight and attempting to make it better. Bride had no such character. Worse no matter what the 'hero' thought he immediately backpedaled and angrily decided she was a lying, conniving harpy! His only basis for this was the written words from his absent nephew--no actual hard evidence. I also thought it awful of Robin to ruin Julia in such a way for his own selfish reasons. His excuse that he figured because she was a country bumpkin it wouldn't matter a wit to anyone was lame and arrogant. I can at least say that I admired Julia for NOT forgiving him even after hearing his reasons. ...more