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Since there were so many things wrong with this book, I figured I'd detail it below, so that other readers could at least have a heads up about it and decide from there. I wish I had paid attention to the lower ratings before picking up this book.
To break it down, Circe is from present time Earth, gets sucked into parallel universe, awakens in a savage and primitive land (which by the way she doesn't speak their language), and then it begins.
1. Wife Hunt: sounds exactly what it means. The warriors hunt their wives. First the women are kidnapped from wherever or sometimes chosen from the Korwahk group because of their beauty. They are paraded through town, then set loose, the warriors hunt them down and sometimes fight against their brothers, and once winning, they claim the woman. What's claiming? RAPE! They rape the woman and they are now married. WTF?! NOT OK!
2. Within the first 17 pages (I believe it was 17), Circe gets raped. Then now that she's "married" her husband (King Lahn) proceeds to rape her for 3 days. He then forcefully seduces her, and since he brought her to climax, Circe starts to show affection to him since he's being "sweet". Seriously?! Can you say Stockholm Syndrome?!
3. Circe is constantly forgiving Lahn because "It is their way" for whatever negative thing he/warriors do.
4. I get that Circe needs to adjust and adapt to her new life living with the savage, primitive warriors, but I think she adjusted a smidgen TOO quickly. "Oh, I was kidnapped and raped, but look! These clothes and jewelry are AMAZING! My husband gives me orgasms!" So that makes your situation better. Gotcha. *rolls eyes*
5. They all see a fellow warrior wife being abused repeatedly. The wife finally has enough and defends herself. Good for her, right? WRONG! She is sentenced to death because it is against the law to draw steel against the warriors/husbands.
6. Circe (and ALL women) have no say in anything. They are just expected to follow their man's rule, spread their legs for the husbands, provide young, and be ok with ALL Korwahk ways. Anytime Circe speaks her mind against something she sees as wrong, you guessed it...it is their way and she needs to learn to accept that. AND SHE DOES!
7. Lahn (the king and Circe's husband) has all the power to change what's wrong with his culture, but since it's been like this for forever, he doesn't. Not once during all the times Circe had to endure things she hasn't seen/done before, does he apologize for his actions to her....because it is their way. He saw no wrong in backhanding her because he was "worried" for her safety. That's some way to show your worry! He's a bit too possessive, demanding, forceful, and sure he has his "sweet" moments like giving her a horse (oh but wait! That's more out of guilt because he had just backhanded her the previous night), and whispers nice things to her and starts to learn her language. He never apologizes for raping her (even after she explained how it's not ok), told her it was an honor and he'd cherish it (basically, can't recall the exact words). GAH!
8. After EVERYTHING she's endured throughout the whole book, SHE apologizes to HIM (mind you, he's never apologized to her for anything he did to her)!!!! She felt bad/guilty that she dragged out her forgiving him for ALL the crap she had to suffer through, and it was hurting HIM! F***ing shoot me now!
So besides those issues, the other thing I got so freaking tired of was flipping back and forth between my page (because the foreign language was spoken) and the back dictionary. I mean, put the sentence/word/phrase in parenthesis or something! Thank goodness an interpreter finally showed up and Lahn and Circe QUICKLY learned the other's language!
OH! I also felt this was VERY similar to Game of Thrones Drogo/Daenarys. But perhaps that's just me.
Ok, I think I'm done with this review. I rated it a 2 instead of a 1 because I have to say the book made me FEEL. I'm not sure I'll continue the series though because frankly, if ALL the males in this series are going to be sexist, misogynistic, douchecanoes, and ALL the women are just going to willingly accept that, then I just don't know if I can handle reading more of it. I had liked the idea of the parallel universe and it being fantasy, but this book just didn't cut it for me. Perhaps it will be to your liking (the reader reading this review).
To say that I am disappointed is such an understatement. No amount of apology or romance can erase the fact that this "relationship" begins with a rape. You cannot turn that into a HEA no matter how you convolute things. All I could think about was the rapes that have occurred in our country lately and the rapists who have walked away virtually unpunished. Are we to believe that, maybe some day, they will meet up with their victims who will fall madly in love with them and forgive all, riding off into the sunset?
I was never a romance novel fan until my marriage fell apart and I decided to see if I could believe again. This book made me sad, made me angry, and made me rethink reading any more from this author.
Without her knowing such a thing even existed, Circe’s twin from a parallel universe switches places with her. She wakes up to a nightmare where she is captured and claimed by Lahn and made his golden queen. Over time she learns the language and falls for her strong and very intense Lahn. However it is not easy. The language difference and custom differences alone are extremely hard to deal with. But Circe perseveres and finds it’s not so bad. Lahn wants his new queen happy. Unfortunately he has a hard time when Circe questions him about customs and the ways of his people. But Lahn will stop at nothing to protect Circe and keep her safe.
I seriously fell in love with Lahn. That’s not to say he didn’t annoy me a couple of times, because he did. But I was so wrapped up in picturing Jason Momoa it was almost impossible for me to think anything he did was bad. He’s hot, bad tempered and the mightiest of warriors. But when the man was sweet - he was seriously sweet!
“A better wife, a better queen. Not even in a dream could I create better than you.”
Circe is beautiful and brave and had no problem whatsoever standing up to her king. He called her his warrior queen and his tigress. She adopted to her situation and did the best she could with what she had. She was kind to attendants and everyone around Circe adored her.
The secondary characters added much to the story and I cannot wait to continue this series and see what happens next.
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