Dominion (The Dominion Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Eve was whiny and weak-willed. Her internal monologue was repetitive and generally consisted of 'I want to submit, but I'm a modern woman and therefore shouldn't desire to submit, but I do.' Around and round she went. She had no backbone. Not because she wanted to submit to Michel, that's a valid life choice. But because she didn't even have the strength-of-will to make a decision. And since she couldn't remember what made her that way, it all felt hollow. How can the reader know Eve if Eve didn't know herself?
Michel was actually kind of cute in a damaged sort of way, but the whole Dominant/Submissive thing felt really, really forced. It didn't fit his personality. I understood what Lund was trying to set up, with his history and all, but the switch between normal, clingy, insecure Michel and dominant, demanding, master Michel was jarring and inconsistent. Plus, the whole insistence that Eve submit completely, in all things, made very little sense to me (and that's before I even get into the fact that they'd known each other for about a day when he started trying to demand this). As if there can't be a hierarchy of command between two people without one bending COMPLETELY to the will of the other. Hmm, makes me wonder about every soldier to ever obey his/her commanding officer. There could be an interesting M/M story in there somewhere.
About the only character I got a firm grasp of by the end of the book was Julien (because of his manuscript) and he's not even one of the main characters, at least not in this book. There does seem to be an interesting battle of Biblical forces building. Perhaps it will come to fruition in the next book. It sure didn't in this one, since the book ended on a very abrupt cliffhanger. It was so sudden, actually, that I'd assert this isn't a whole story. It's half, maybe a third of one (if the next ends the same way.) Why do modern authors do this? It drives me completely bat-shit crazy.
The writing was pretty good though. I did notice a few grammar/editorial foul-ups and the e-formatting was painful (no paragraph indicators, broken sentences, random spacings, once I even found the first half of a sentence relocated to the end of the chapter). But I will be reading the next in the series, Ascension.
Things I hated...
The characters are pretty one dimensional. We're told about their many facets, but I didn't actually "see" any of them. I could fill in the blanks as all the characters are also archetypal bullet points, but that just reaffirms the point.
It's poorly edited. Descriptions of people change from chapter to chapter. Imagine if you read Harry Potter and his eyes changed from blue to brown all the time, but somehow no matter the color, they were still his mother's eyes? Would you be able to connect with that information? Would you care?
There's too much going on with poor explanations of the nuances so you don't know what is important, what isn't important nor where we're going with this and there are no resolutions. Sure, the story goes on, but people want some sort of pay off in the book they've already read that makes you want more. This it's just a serialized story.
Our main character is unlikable. She moves too quickly between emotions with little development as to how this works. I find it impossible to believe that you can start off desperate to kill vampires and in the span of about a week you don't care about school, you take on a job that makes no sense, fall in love and become a bit of a friend. And none of this explained well enough to be believable.
Plot development and character relationship development are almost non-existent. It's the whole poor execution of storytelling thing again.
I hate the present tense telling of stories. You must be really talented to make it sound intelligent and not procedural. This misses the mark.
The romance of it makes no sense in that I don't see romance. Lust perhaps, but not actual romance and there are parts that are just eye roll worthy. All in all I just don't buy it. And if I do buy it, I just pity this kind of romance and I wouldn't want it.
The love scenes did nothing for me. They weren't sexy and I didn't feel heat in the way they were written. In fact they raised the ick factor and at certain points made me want to put the book down because they actually made me feel as though one party was basically getting used. That isn't sexy, it's just sad.
I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to be drawn into the story, but in the end? I was completely turned off- in every way.
I didn't have a lot of respect for Eve, and that wrecked it for me. I like to read about strong and competent women, so this wasn't the book for me.