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Protected in Darkness (Misplaced Halos) Paperback – October 22, 2019
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- Publisher : Nicole Edwards (October 22, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 348 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1644180081
- ISBN-13 : 978-1644180082
- Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.79 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,533,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are a lot of characters to meet in this book, but the story quickly zooms into our main subjects for this go around so as not to get too confusing. The reader needs to meet all of Obsidian’s “family” in order to understand the story, but it’s done in an organic way that makes sense and doesn’t overwhelm. Since Penelope is on the other end of the spectrum of friends and family, meaning she’s more of a loner, we get to know her through her interactions with coworkers, her inner dialogue, and her phone calls to her best friend in another state. I enjoyed getting to know Penelope in the context of her friendship with Winnie. Although it wasn’t face to face, the things they said and did while talking really gave me a feel for her character and endeared the character to me.
Obsidian and Penelope have great chemistry from the start. Things move fast, but I love a line later in the book about humans measuring depth of emotion on time and how time is irrelevant. How true that is! I enjoy that there chemistry is very sexual, but it’s also more. They spend time talking and getting to know one another and really connect emotionally and intellectually. Although it would be so much easier for Obsidian to do things another way, he attempts to ease Penelope into things instead of going all alpha on her and bulldozing into her life. He takes great care with her brother and best friend even though they complicate matters and it would be easier to push them to the side.
There’s a lot going on in this book in order for the author to build this world. There are unfamiliar words and customs. She does a beautiful job of keeping the confusion at bay. The words can be intuited from the text and things are explained in a way that is fluid and natural to the story. All the makings of an immersive paranormal romance series. (I have to note how much I love the title now that I’ve read the book, too.)
Now that I’ve had a taste of one of my favorite authors writing outside her usual genre, I’m ready for more. This one should satisfy Nicole Edwards’ fans and paranormal romance fans alike.
I also understand this made up world. But The amount of made of terms and even names was too much. Yes what each was was explained. But I’m Not going to remember the meaning of 10 made up words and their hierarchy. I think the soulmate word would have been plenty.
Then there was the fact that...not a lot happened. I felt like we were building up to some huge demon fight, but nothing ever came of it. I understand it was an introductory into this new world but it wasn’t my favorite.
I wasn’t super on board because I didn’t fully like her idea of angels, but the more I read the more I liked. I really appreciated the thought that went I to creating a whole hierarchy with angels and changing the idea around vampires. I really liked has a definition in the Angel/vampire language. (Personal request - could you had the pronunciation??)
I then fell in love with the characters and now I can’t wait for the entire series to unfold.
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There was the getting used to weird names and hierarchy, which was a slog given there are a potential 70 characters.
Then there was the sex. Every other page. I'm no prude but it just got so repetitive I skipped the paragraphs.
There was so little happening in between the sex it was ridiculous and the main demon vanished three quarters of the way through.
I felt no connection to the characters, not even the m/f leads and if I read one more time about how everyone worried about something but never spoke about anything I think I might scream.
It is a book outside the authors norm and I'm sorry but it totally failed to hit the mark.
I will not be purchasing any more in the series.