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Enemy Red by Marie Harte
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it was ok

I petitioned the publisher on NetGalley to read and review Enemy Red for a few reasons:

It was a new-to-me author,
It was a paranormal romance (a weakness of mine), and
The synopsis left much to be desired

With all these great points and reasons for reading Enemy Red, why didn't it work out for me? In an effort of transparency I'd have to say that it fell to two very big reasons; the overwhelming amount of conflicts without giving the adequate amount of page time to address them all, and the incompatibility of the characters that had great sexual chemistry but had none as a couple.

After reading the synopsis on NetGalley of Enemy Red, there was such promise for where this story could've gone, but now that I've finished I have to say that the execution of it was poorly done. While it's common for the first book in any series to be full of world building for the rest of the books to come, it should be understood that by dumping a lot of information on in your reader's lap, then adding really good sex scenes does not equal a win. Enemy Red had so many conflicts - the animosity between the Red wolves and the Gold/Silver wolves, the human/sifter dynamic and the animosity there, the complete story instead of the cliff notes version behind the sorcerer attacking the Reds, and a clear idea of what Fenris really is and how he's different from the other wolves. With the sex scenes taking a few pages each throughout the book, can you imagine that maneuvering needed to give this story justice?! Either some things should've been cut out for later books in the series (maybe just focusing on the Red wolves and the Gold/Silver wolves conflict for Enemy Red, and working towards the sorcerer for the next book), or it should've been longer to house everything that was included in this story.

While the promise of unique characters were there - with Fenris being a Silver/Gold wolf and Rudra being a Red wolf, and trying to figuring out how a relationship with them would work out - the depth of their characters was on the shallow end. As I said before, other than the sexual chemistry that started burning in their first meeting, early on in Enemy Red, their compatibility as a couple was nonexistent. The sex scenes and chemistry between them was done to almost perfection, but I found myself skipping over them in loo of wanting to read the actual story. So much development needed to be done.

There was a lot going on in Enemy Red, and I feel that if instead of trying to fit it into the mold of so many of those popular erotica paranormal stories, the team behind Enemy Red could've put a serious effort into explaining a lot of the elements presented, therefore making Enemy Red a lot better.
***Originally reviewed at Literary Treasure Chest: http://www.literarytreasurechest.com/...
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Reading Progress

March 31, 2016 – Shelved
March 31, 2016 – Shelved as: own-to-read
April 22, 2016 – Started Reading
April 22, 2016 –
April 22, 2016 –
April 24, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Johnson Wonderful, concise, honest review.

Leona Woolfolk Nicole wrote: "Wonderful, concise, honest review."

Thank you :)

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