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Dark Waltz (A Praestani Novel) (Praestani series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The relationship between the two main characters is a poisonous and destructive one. The male character displays signs of bipolar disorder, swinging wildly and unpredictably between extreme emotions. When the female character doesn't immediately do what he wants, he frequently becomes violent and causes her physical harm. At one point he chokes her to the verge of unconsciousness. Less than a page later he is telling her how he would never hurt her and that she is safe with him. He blames his violence on her, taking no responsibility for his own actions.
Despite the fact that the male is obviously dangerous, the female chooses to disregard this because she wants to have sex with him. She allows him to physically, verbally, mentally and emotionally abuse her, taking solace in the few scraps of affection he deigns to throw her way. Despite the fact he continually refuses to actually have sex with her, leaving her sexually frustrated time and again, she keeps following him around like a puppy hoping for a bone instead of a kick.
This story feels like it was written by a junior high student. Massive plot holes, excessive use of tired old clichés, continual use of "he/she somehow just knew" ( uh huh. Because the author couldn't find any logical reason, so stick with "just knew"), and and over abundance of "really" and "very" because apparently the author didn't have access to a thesaurus. Instead we get juvenile phrases like "very very scared" or "really really angry".
Pass ths by. Pass it by and don't look back. It was painful to read and I only finished it so that I coukd give an honest review of the whole book rather than just the first few chapters,
Those that have shied away from A.M.'s previous works due to them being in the YA Category can pick this book up with no anxiety. It's spicy enough to turn up the heat on any reader. "Jurgasms", anyone? (Trust me, they are a VERY good thing and I'm first in line.) It was just the perfect balance of instant attraction, alpha males, fights, and the romance remains this roaring fire underneath it all. There is no fear in this book of insta-love, rather the romance is more organic and passionate.
Any concerns about not being familiar with the series are not a problem as well. While you won't have the full background, previous books are not required to still love and understand the book. It's a futuristic and darker world with aliens and other dark creatures that go bump in the night. Anyone who would enjoy something a little different, a little spicy will find a gem with this first book of the Praestani series.
"Be glad you're not in my pants right now."
"But I'd love to get in your pants right now. That's exactly where I want to be."
He roared with laughter. "And I'd love for you to be in my pants."
The hero Jurek also is called Alaric, and Alaricus...why? He's a king on his planet, yet his friend Tak constantly insults him leading to physical altercations. Um....why? The heroine Liasare has such a terrible vocabulary. She's whiny and again, completely underdeveloped as a character.
We are supposed to be on this journey with them and all of a sudden the rules in the story change over and over again. Frustrating, boring, waste of time. I'm embarrassed to say that I finished it. Oh, well I will not be reading anything by this author again. This is the first "free" book that I've downloaded. If this is what I should expect then thank you Amazon, I'll be paying for my books from now on.