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- Print Length: 287 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508861994
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- Publisher: Ayden K Morgen (April 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 5, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SPGA4KW
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Starting into this book I was initially confused about the prologue - since the man introduced as utter threat never makes a direct appearance again. It probably would have been better to leave out the prologue at all and leave the imagination of the Vetrov's vicious executioner a mystery.
However, I loved the writing stile, the usage of metaphors, the poetic phrasing... beautiful. If it wasn't for the fact that eventually I never got the chance to conclude the feelings of the characters for myself, in the end it was but into cold words how the characters felt. The problem is, all that I could fathom about Lilian and Tristan was the absolute invincible physical attraction they had for another. But ... I didn't care for them. I still don't. Our lead characters are emotionally childish. Sure, they are both tormented souls and have their cruel cross to bear but when it came to how they saw each other, it was more than frustrating, because they never gave themselves the benefit of a doubt. And the world they both live in - the harsh, disciplined world of ballet and the cruel world of drugs - are absolutely no excuse because naturally the would have grown up faster into harder, more rational persons, which both aren't. They have characters of teenagers, which is absolutely unrealistic and oh, so frustrating.
But, oh, the hot scenes. Everything leading up to the eventual interaction was so worth reading, but the sex itself was leaving me rather hanging dry in comparison. Plus, the term "lapping" was used far too much for me. It's not sensual for me at all.
Again, the interaction between the characters when their attraction ignites to wildfire was a feast for my eyes and mind and that's the only reason this book gets three stars.
As to the supporting story: I already said it's weak and unrealistic, plus it's going in circles, the whole time. The apparent threat doesn't feel real which makes the worry and fear of the characters somewhat incredible. Plus, in a scene Lilian is obviously absolutely scared of a person, but then not only offers but almost demands to walk u to the same person, in order to help. Really?
I think the problem of this book is, that the storyline is dragged out. There were so many chances in the last quarter to just stop the story. I would have been interested into how things continue much more than I am now. It's all about the stupidity of our lovebirds as in: not trusting each other, doubting the feelings of the other person, doubting themselves, fighting their feelings, being surprised/terrified of their feelings for each other, telling themselves that it's only attraction, and so on.
At least the book stayed true to it's title.
P.S. If it wasn't for the last quarter of this story, that was terribly dragging, I probably would have given it 3.5 stars rounded up. But I wanted to throw my kindle through the window. So, there's that.
Ravished is the first book in The Teplo Trilogy. It is from Lillian and Tristan’s POV.
When you read a book, you bring your knowledge of the world with you. Sometimes it enhances the story. It brings forth emotions you previously felt. Sometimes it distracts from the story. Unfortunately, my knowledge distracted from this story. The undercover was not plausible because of my knowledge and I feel that did not allow me to enjoy the story to the fullest. Believe me; I can suspend reality when I read. Someone with a different background might and probably would enjoy the story more.
Lillian is a great character. She is strong, independent, loyal and lovable. Tristan… I’m still not sure how I feel about him. He can be an a$$, but he can flip on a dime and be a wonderful caring man. He might be too moody for me. This is the first book in the trilogy. I have a feeling he has some redeeming to do. There is quite a bit of sexy time between Lillian and Tristan, which is on the more graphic side. I didn’t mind though. Some of the scenes were quite hot.
Overall, the story is fine. It has good flow to it. It has a nice intensity to it. It has a cliffhanger type ending which one might expect from a trilogy. It doesn’t cause a book hangover. For me this book was a 3 ½ star book, mostly because of my knowledge I tried to leave while reading but couldn’t. You would probably enjoy the story more than me.
I am sort of at a loss about how I review this book. On one hand I really liked it, but on the other, and if I am being completely honest, having just finished it, I feel like I am still waiting for the story to get going.
There is no doubt that Ayden K. Morgen can write, and beautifully so. If I had started reading this book by an author with lesser skills in that area I think it would have been a DNF for sure. Her characters are well developed, the writing descriptive and almost lyrical in its flow at points, and you feel for Tristan and Lillian with every hurdle they overcome and every revelation they share. But for all the character development, the story itself sadly lacked any real progression for almost the whole book. It's possible that my interpretation of the synopsis is wrong, but I was expecting a little action, dealers acting as badly as dealers are wont to do, plenty of 5exy times and a bit of an adventure with the main characters getting it on along the way...
The reality for me is that it actually starts out with a enticing prologue, and then the rest of the book pretty much sticks to the same set of tropes the whole way through to its end. I kept reading expecting that the author would push me off course at some point in the proceedings and throw in a curve-ball, but it pretty much went like this the whole way through.
- Tristan brings Lillian off with his hand/mouth (often in public, but they do move it behind closed doors as the book progresses).
- Tristan denies that he is attracted to/or wants to get involved with Lillian (or vice-versa), they have a disagreement.
- Tristan changes his mind/Lillian changes her mind, they apologise to each other, more finger-banging ensues (although it does upgrade to 5ex as the book progresses)
- Lillian agrees to get involved with the whole Vetrov/Teplo Night Club Drug saga, Tristan doesn't want her too do it. They row, end up doing the dirty horizontal tango, and he takes her to the club anyway.
As I said, if it wasn't for the high quality of the author's writing, and the fact I was desperately waiting for something to happen over and above their merry-go-round relationship drama, I am not sure I would have finished Ravished. Tristan is quite the dirty talking, dominant but caring guy, and Lillian although getting over the loss of something extremely important to her doesn't take too much attitude from him, but I really, really expected more from this book as a whole. And I absolutely 100% expected more of an ending, I knew it was a trilogy going in so I was expecting a cliff hanger, but in the scheme of things it was all a little insipidly repetitive and echoed everything that had already been played out in full (and then some) through the book. I can't say I am on tenterhooks for book two, with basically a whole book of two-ing and fro-ing between the pair of them behind me, I am happy to accept that they call it a day and go on with their lives without each other.
Will I read the next book in The Teplo Trilogy at this point I honestly don't know how to answer that. The author certainly has a writing style that I found easy to engage in, I liked her characters for the most part... I just want more of a story too back up the quality of everything else that was offered. I almost feel like I have just read and epically long prologue, and the real story potentially begins with the second book.
"You're going to have to let me in someday."
ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for the above honest review.
50% of the proceeds of this title will be donated to the Love146 charity.
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