Mar 14, 12
Read in March, 2012
4.5 stars - This book may not have been the best book ever written, and it's certainly not without it's flaws, but I don't care. I LOVED it because it stirred so much emotion out of me.
I will say I was a bit disappointed there wasn't much action in this book - I guess really only the attack with Lea and Caleb and the scene at the end. But Armentrout kind of made up for it through the hot training sessions. And I think Armentrout had focused too much on the romance than the rest of the book, so I guess the book itself sans romance wasn't superb, but I'll let it slide because it was what had me so engrossed into this book. Yes, I know, guilty pleasure.
I LOVE Alex. She's a spunky hot head who has a knack for getting in trouble. There are times I want to scream at here, "What the HELL do you think you're doing?!?" BUT contrary to many main characters written like her, I did not find her irritating or foolish at all. I can't really put my finger on it, but I thought her character was well written, and even though she frustrated the hell out of me sometimes, she didn't annoy the crap out of me either.
And the guys. What can I say about the guys. I love them both, although I tend to favor Seth over Aiden just a TINY bit. But I know when it's all said and done, Armentrout will probably write her with Aiden. Still, Seth is a great character - though probably not right for Alex, but that doesn't mean he's not right for me! He was portrayed when he was first introduced in book 1 as an ass, but he had already started growing on me by the end of the first book. In this, he was just always there for Alex, and I found his attitude and banter a real turn-on - very much like Daemon in Obsidian.
As for Aiden, who CAN'T love Aiden. He's just an all around great, wonderful guy. However, I just want to shake him and tell him, "C'mon snap out of it already." I know, I know, he has a lot at stake, but sometimes the whole I'm going to make a sacrifice and try to be a martyr and not be with you is only alluring to a certain point. But then again, if he gave in now, we probably won't have much else to read, now would we.
I can't wait for the next book - even though I'm still torn between the two guys. Anyway, Armentrout does it again. Like I said before, the story itself isn't exceptional, but Armentrout no doubt has a knack for writing the interaction and dialogue with the characters that make you really connect with them, and THAT is what makes a great book.