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- Print Length: 206 pages
- Publisher: Montana Publishing; 1 edition (March 24, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 24, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007ODD5NK
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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SPOILERS: When Abby finds a spaceship and Zoran she shows no fear at all. In fact she understands immediately that the ship is really alive and needs comfort as well. Then she finds Zoran and again no fear, she doesn't even question bringing him to her house to take care of him. Not only is there no fear but really no surprise. Oh hey look an alien and his sentient ship crashed on the mountain. Then he wakes up and even though she can't speak his language they have sex, did I mention she was a virgin before this. On top of that, it's pretty rough sex and she just has to have it. But that's okay because they are in love. No idea how they got that way since they just met and oh yeah she doesn't understand anything he says because she doesn't speak his language. Then because apparently the author didn't think a symbiot was enough he was also a dragon shifter. At the point where he was breathing "Dragon Fire" into Abby during sex so she could be "taken by his dragon" too I couldn't take it anymore.
I hardly ever quit a book before I finish it but this was just terrible. The romance, the characters and the plot were ridiculous. The characters were never developed so I really didn't care what happened to them. The romance was so unbelievable, who falls in love in 24 hours within someone you can't even have a conversation with. The sex came way to quickly especially since Abby was supposed to be a sweet, innocent virgin. The dialogue was preposterous. I haven't even mentioned the horrible editing and the tell not show writing.
Overall, this was a waste of money and my time.
GREAT and Interesting Story. Loved the plot and storyline. I lived the heroine. She was realistic and three dimensional. There was none of that...."I've found love and now I'm happy to throw out everything else for you" mentality that makes a woman look like a carpet. Yay. The world building and culture...I liked it a lot and enjoyed the creativity. The story showed an originality that I miss and the conflict was real with Abby having to leave behind her world and how she dealt with it.
Inconsistent things in the story. One example...Abby is blonde. This is described in the story...blonde. If there is any doubt about that, then there is always the cover on the book that clearly shows her blonde hair. Somewhat annoying when she all of a sudden has dark hair. Did she dye it? If so...please...don't leave that scene out. Otherwise I'm a little frustrated that the author can't pay enough attention to detail to keep a character blonde.
The editing. I'm not an editor and I'm not an English major and I grew really frustrated with the editing. In places it is the wrong tense and just odd. Here are some examples from the book: "They did not returned to the palace until the next day" then there is the word usage "She was trying in vain to stubbly move away from where he had been rubbing his fingers along her shoulder". Stubbly...I'm assuming that wasn't the actual word the writer meant to write. I should add that in this paragraph alone "had" was used more than 10 times. Really? No other way to word that? I should also add that the writer didn't seem to grasp the difference between "to" and "too". Why am I buying a book and reading it if the writer or editor can't take the time to read it themselves. Surely had they actually read through it they would have noticed a few of these things. The book is littered with them.
Conclusion: I bought the second book in the series....Why? Because it is an awesome story line and I was interested. Be warned. I'm 16% through Capturing Cara and already I've come across more of the editing issues. Examples you ask? "Ariel said added." looks like someone meant to change 'said' to 'added' but sadly, because no one read through it for review it was never corrected. I could give you 3 more right now for the current book but I'm sure you get the point.
S.E. Smith: I love the story enough to get the 2nd book despite your editing issues. If you are tired of reading your own book, send me an ARC. I'll read through with a "red pen" and fix the problems. But PLEASE PLEASE don't ruin a great story with bad editing on the next book. Your world-building and imagination are a joy to read. The editing on it isn't. Take the money that you deserve to receive for writing a great story and hire a professional editor before you put out your next book.
I received this book free as many first books in a series are. The idea of course is that you enjoy the first book and are then willing to pay for subsequent books. Great idea because if you don't like it, then you don't waste your money. Unfortunately, I ended up feeling I paid too much for this book. The storyline has potential but the story was non-existent in this book. Take out the explicit sex passages (almost every page in the second half of the book) and you have nothing. Even the part of the book that the title 'Abducting Abby' actually relates to is only about 20 pages long and over before you realise it happened - almost as if the author got to the end of the book and realised there hadn't been an Abduction and quickly inserted a few pages at the end to give the title meaning.
I have read some good SciFi, and I have read some bad SciFi in the 50 years since I was introduced to Science Fiction in my youth and I can honestly say that I can't remember reading/skimming one that was worse.
If you want to read good Science Fiction, give this one a miss. From now on, I will just read the 1 & 2 star reviews since the 5-star ones can't be trusted.
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Clearly, this book is a mix of fantasy, sci fi, and romance. There are explicit sex scenes, so not suitable for teens. They are also very male-dominant, so not entirely realistic (as if the rest of the book is...).
I read this book in a day because I couldn't put it down. I liked the writing and it was very easy to read. You do have to suspend some disbelief, as you do for many books in this genre, but the story is gripping and action-packed, not just a soppy romance - the alien who crash landed, was being tortured on a different planet due to being a King, and is still being hunted.
This is the first of 11 books in the series, and I have added the next one to my wishlist. I would like the subsequent books to be focusing on the alien war, the kingdom, the battles etc, however judging by the book titles, they will be focusing on the romance/sex side of things, so though it is now on my wishlist, it won't be one of the first books I buy (when I start buying books again).
The writing was a little clunky and didn't flow very well. Too many things were crammed into the book and not enough time spent on any of them. We were rushed from one incident to another without enough depth in each. The characters were a little too shallow, and Abby could be seriously annoying at times. We suddenly had several other women thrown into the story and none of them were introduced very well. I still haven't sorted out which woman is which. I realize that this is setting the book up for a series, one for each brother and his woman, but it all felt a little too confusing and out of place. Parts of the book did make me cringe as they were a bit too cutesy.
Having said that, there is something about the book that I liked. It was a good idea and a charming story. It's a good book, it's just not a great one.
I am not always an fan of a hero who steamrolls his decisions over the heroine, never knowing/asking for her opinions. In this instance where they couldn't communicate I was initially on the fence but in the end, Abby's PoV helped to forgive Zoran.
I liked the fact that unlike so many other paranormal shifter romances, the dragon and symbiot were given personalities too which made for a better understanding of this hero as a whole.
If you like paranormal shifter romance, this is definitely a series you cannot afford to miss out on.
I loved the writing and author really makes you feel for the characters and immerses you into their world.
First book is currently free on kindle. The rest of the series is available as individual books i would love to see it available in smaller collections rather than the £20 + for all remaining 8 books - we all love a bargain but im going to have to wait until pay day now :)
I almost gave up several times but decided to complete it as I had unfortunately paid good money for it.
It was very unlikely in the plot, very sexist in the relationships, and then from about the middle onwards repetitively very explicit, but aimed at a female reader.
Definately not recommended, unless you are one of the target audience.
For me this is an in between book that you read whilst waiting for your favourites.