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The Love Affair Is Over,
This review is from: Primal Instincts (Mass Market Paperback)I loved the earlier books of this series but the last few have not been worth reading. I thought maybe Flare's book would be different because throughout the series she has been a strong-willed female, rebellious of the culture she lives in. As the heir apparent to Clan Reynard, beautiful Flare has used her intelligence and strength to buck her clan leader mother's domineering and meddling ways. She also detests the idea of a Prime controlling and dominating her so she avoids them even though they fall all over themselves trying to gain her attention. To fulfill her obligation to provide the clan with a child, she decides to use insemination instead of involvement with a Prime. Mom interferes again and after Flare shares a car ride to the medical clinic with our hero Tobias, the hormones starts to flow.
Two of Sizemore's previous human heroines, Domini (I Burn for You) and Jo (I Thirst for You) didn't just roll over and become puppets dancing to their heroes tune. With her knowledge of the Clan, her intelligence and vampire strength, I expected Flare to be Sizemore's best heroine yet. But by page 34, Flare is reduced to just another stupid, hormone flustered heroine practically dry humping Tobias' leg one minute and then telling herself this isn't what she wants in the next. She continually tells herself she will never bond with a soldier, and based on a secret from Flare's past she has good reason to feel this way, but doesn't do a damn thing to stop. It was infuriating to see a character that has been a pillar of strength and resolve throughout the series to become just another hormone driven heroine. I didn't really have a problem with Tobias - he seemed to fulfill his soldier and commander roles fairly well and he had some good qualities but I didn't see anything on which they could build a relationship besides sex and even that didn't appear all that great. But since I was totally distracted by the new and totally boring, predictable, hormonal Flare I may have just phased it out completely.
The storyline has become lost, convoluted, and hasn't shown any forward momentum in the last few books. The bad guy Tribes have teamed up with Purists and are still causing problems and there are other players alluded to in the background but not much else is going on. The best part of the whole book was the secondary storylines of Saffron - Tobias' teenage daughter and Gregor - a shadowy character from previous books with a secret.
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2010 9:23:30 AM PDT
Susan Sizemore says:
What do you mean "Throughout the series"? Flare appears in one scene in I Burn for You and is a teeny, minor character in Primal Needs. How did you build the image of her YOU wanted portrayed from such a small amount of evidence? Sheesh. Let me write the universe, okay? Sizemore
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