What I read this week:
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I was so intrigued by the blurb.
The beast is awake, and it burns for its mate.
Kohl Sergones knows there’s no place for a woman around a creature like him—half vampire, half dragon, and the only one of his kind. Taken in by a coven of vampires who make their home in the underground caverns of central Texas, he stays alive by keeping his head down while he fights to keep his volatile shifter side at bay. But that all goes to hell the night Kohl sees Devon dancing alone at The Caves. Her tawny skin begs for his touch, and her sweet scent ignites a blood lust he can’t control.
Devon Young never thought she would find herself on the witness stand of a notorious court case concerning her employer, Parasupe—a company created by the government to regulate supernatural creatures. Her testimony puts her boss in jail and makes Devon the target of malicious internet bullying. Forced to put that life behind her, she gives up her high paying job and relocates, determined to stay under the radar. Until the night she meets a sexy bartender whose tattooed appearance is in direct contrast to the sweet warmth of his brown eyes. The attraction is immediate and intense, and his hungry touch kindles a fire in her she thought was long dead.
Bringing Devon into his world will expose his coven, and put Devon in even more danger. If the beast inside of him doesn’t kill her, the coven master will.
But that isn’t enough to keep him away.
And when I started it felt like a darker PNR and I was ready. But then… it just became kind of meh. There was instalust and instalove and I could not for the life of me understand why this couple connected so quickly. Their chemistry felt superficial and almost too easy for the circumstances they found themselves in. At about 60% in when stuff started to happen and the hero realizes who is after the heroine I was past the point of really caring, so I skimmed to the end. I wasn’t emotionally invested in the characters, plot, or romance. I seem to be the odd man out though, because this book has some awesome ratings on Goodreads.
Final Grade- C-
What I read in KU:
This was a DNF for me. I didn’t care for the heroine and her woe is me attitude. When she decides to make an audio tape of the hero without his knowledge with the intent to sell I had to nope out. I didn’t even care what happened after that. Final Grade- DNF
This book worked better for me than The Swedish Prince. The wild child heir to the throne of Norway is forced to consider an arranged marriage to better his image after a sex tape of him gets released doing the dirty with the Prime Minister’s daughter. His heroine is the sheltered, wallflower like daughter of the leader of Liechtenstein. She’s much younger and not as experienced in the world, but I enjoyed this couple and felt like their chemistry was well done. I liked how this author built their relationship from strangers to friends to lovers. Final Grade- C+
Band Sinister by KJ Charles– I’ve been racing through review books this week because this hit my kindle the other day and I am dying to get to it.
Sentinel of Darkness by Katie Reus– Darkness #8. Review will post next Monday.
Hot Pursuit by Kay Marie– I’ve had this on my review list for a while, I’m finally getting to it this week. Looks like it’s also available on KU.