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Courting the Darkness Paperback – June 1, 2011
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Not sure if I'll read another book by this author. Perhaps if the next book is free I'll try the sample and see. I do believe in second chances.
The conversations were stilted and felt like something I had read before (only much better in the original version). The heroine was useless. The guys were 1 dimensional. The proof reading was horrible. I think the only thing used was spell check. Words were spelled correctly but they were the wrong words for the sentences. It was like whoever spell checked it just hit ok to the word without checking its context to the story.
I gave up. I think self publishing is great, but please if you are going to that effort have someone proof your book. Maybe some people can get past these errors, I personally am happy to overlook a few, but when it gets to the point where I feel have to re-read to see what they meant b/c it was said wrong, that is just wrong. I read to escape not feel like I should be proof reading some kids homework.
While the storyline was cute and the characters likeable, the writing itself was just....not good. The author overused certain words and phrases like "inky darkness" and "easing" and "fur ball" and there were some typos in the book. The character development is probably the biggest problem I had with the book. Aside from the book's cover not matching the physical descriptions of the characters themselves, I found the main players in this book to be one-dimensional and just unrealistic. I really don't think a 125 yr old woman would be so weak and afraid, crying all the time and acting helpless, (and then at the end becomes brave and powerful thanks to spells - wow have those spells been her whole life?) or that a 300 yr old vampire would speak so immaturely. Then there was Caleb, 300+ yrs old acting like a horned-up teen. The ending was anti-climactic and predictable.
I gave this book 3 stars because the idea was original and creative and the love scenes were done well.
Desiree is in hiding from the world, as there are still witch trials and witch hunters. While hiding out, her land lady gives up her identity to Drake, the King of the local vampires. He wants her to use her magic to cast a spell that enables him to go into the direct sunlight without being harmed. Desiree is unsure that she can do this.
While going to retrieve her items she is kidnapped by a witch hunter. Drake sends Mica, a rogue vampire, to rescue her from her kidnapper. Add in Caleb, a man capable of shaping into any animal, and you have a love triangle waiting to happen, well at least in some of their minds as Caleb's strong feelings take over him and create havoc for the three of them.
This was a fast read to me and I really enjoyed the new concepts that the author presented. There were a few things that I wanted her to go into more detail on because I was intrigued by the story she was weaving. I wanted to know more about the world and how these witch trials were still allowed. I also wanted the story to be longer in certain cases. For example, Desiree needs to cast this spell, but she does not think she can do it. We only see one attempt at the spell; although I assume there were other attempts that we just weren't privy to for she has been in her work space for quite some time. I always feel that if I want to know more about the story, that the author has done a good job getting my attention. I would definitely recommend this book and plan to read the author again. I had trouble putting this book down as well!