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Top Customer Reviews
While the mechanical writing and editing in this book were fine, I found almost all aspects of the story, plot, characters and world disappointing. First, we had a Mary Sue who is chosen to mate the über sexy vampire because she was different, a special little snowflake unlike all the other vapid, beautiful women. Arghh, so cliché.
Next, we had a woman who in two weeks goes from not liking the vampire who is consistently an ass to her, to being in love. Then we had her developing a special power out of nowhere and somehow learning to use it in almost no time at all. We had baddies who conveniently leave doors unlocked and chains removed to allow for escape and miraculous recoveries. Not to mention, most of the events in the book came down to avoidable miscommunication or lack of communication. None of this is good, as far as I'm concerned.
But worst of all, the whole premise of the book made no sense to me. Somehow her love was going to keep him from going insane, because at a thousand years old vampires go crazy if he's not mated. But first they had to be betrothed for exactly a month and if they had sex before that they'd both go crazy. Um, exactly what biological mechanism was keeping track of time and how exactly did his body know she loved him? I mean, what was causing this change. I get the theme, but it made no sense.
Speaking of biology, how exactly does an alien race evolve to need human blood to survive? I mean, what did they do before they came to earth? Seems like that would be an important piece of world-building, but it's not addressed.
I probably could have just suspended my disbelief and rolled with it if I hadn't found the style so infuriating. It's repetitive, the reader is told the same things over and over, and it's almost all exposition, internal thoughts and mental planning. This means that very, very little actually happened in the book, because the action is CONSTANTLY being stopped for the narrator to explain what the characters are thinking or feeling or planning to do. It really felt like one small step forward, stop and explain, one small step forward, stop and explain, one small step forward, <i>ad infinitum</i>. If you break it all down almost nothing actually happening in this book and what action there is is all in the last 10%.
That last 10% also introduced a new character and the idea that vampires could be made as well as born, which hadn't been mentioned once the whole book. I mean, if you can make vampire, why is there the chronic lack of females? Why not just make some? This is an unaddressed issue or inconsistency. As is, for example, the fact that somehow the baddie never faced insanity if he didn't wait the required 30 days before raping his bride.
All in all, it's an interesting idea, but poorly executed. The author spent far too much time telling us things we should have been shown. There are also a lot of threads left open, I assume for a sequel.
Rafe & Pepper are very likable from the begining, and the story is believable and flows. The introduction of Rafes brothers Dante and Bram make you want to know more about their story,especially the "Black Sheep" of the family Bram. The mention of the culture and many bits of information about their home planet, Kivron, makes you courious to know more of what happened before they came to Earth.
Every good story has a repulsive villian, and Conquered has one in Garmood. A character you love to hate. I loved the story and look forward to reading more in this series.
Its never Implied if they visited Earth before. Never Explained Why they look like us..
There Science can not grow blood? Why? Is there a mystical component? How dose there science work? In fact do we see this science in there book? At all? Nope.
Why is the Main Villain a prick but sane? He needed a true mate he loved and loved to stay sane in a psychic bond like all his race but there hero's father stole her on the honeymoon and she really loved him ? Fell out of true love in 40 days....
The Human Girl told I get your father back but you have to have regular sex with me...How romantic..Gee How Pathetic.
I was really hoping for great Sci-Fi Vampire Romance..
But this was insipid.
Carole McKee, Author