- File Size: 2079 KB
- Print Length: 344 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Select Otherworld (February 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 2, 2015
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S57KA6Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Riding the Odds Kindle Edition
"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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After failing miserably to find anything hopeful, I decided, well, one reviewer of Riding the Odds said it took them a couple of chapters to get into the story so, maybe I'll give it another shot. I did, and ended up struggling far enough through the book to purchase it.
Free sailing from there? Not quite. After I finally made it past the difficult sample chapters (and yes, I really did hate them) I made it to the point where Trace entered the scene, and it got even worse for me. Every two seconds the pov character would think about how sexy the other one was and how they wanted to jump them and have lots of babies. It was so bad it took me three days to get past that part and finally on to the rest of the story (yes, they eventually stopped thinking, every other sentence, about wanting to jump each other) which I found to be an utterly wonderful story written about strong characters that I couldn't put down.
Despite how much I hated the beginning, the writing was so fresh and enjoyable, and was riddled with unique movements and beats between dialogue. For example: "She paused and held her hands up in the what-can-you-do gesture." (My personal favorite) There was stuff like that all through the book, and I loved it. Another thing I appreciated was the fact that Tara remained strong throughout the entire story. I really despise how the vast majority of the time, strong female characters are eventually dominated and coerced into giving in to the stronger male character who practically forces them to acknowledge their vulnerability, and his strength. Seriously? Kill me! Strong women don't just turn weak like that. It's pathetic.
Tara in this story never did anything she didn't choose to do, remained strong from start to finish, and yet still formed an unbreakable and incredibly sweet bond to the equally strong Trace. It was a bond created naturally, based off mutual respect, and without Tara turning into a weak and vulnerable woman in desperate need of Trace's manly strength. I thought it was beautifully written.
And the biggest reason why I chose to post this review is because of how hard I struggled to get into the story, and how much I would have missed out on had I not pushed through it. The chapters I considered annoying didn't last long, and the rest of it I wouldn't have missed for the world. So if you pick up the book and find yourself wanting to put it down, just give it a little bit longer.
Tara has many secrets she'd like to keep buried. When Trace blackmails her, she is forced into helping him find his sister. Things get complicated as their attraction to each other and their distrust of one another grow. Throw a gang of murdering pirates into the mix, and the action really takes off.
I like Tara's courage, independence, and strength of character, and the way she kicks butt when threatened. No damsel in distress is she. Her relationship with her Rider, Zie — a dragon symbiote, like a living tattoo that glides over her skin — was my favorite part of the story. Their telepathic exchanges cracked me up.
There were some sex scenes that were a little too explicit for my taste, but that's just my personal preference. I also could have done without some of the descriptions of boobs and butts and other body parts and the characters' constant thinking about these things about half way through the book. It started to get in the way of the story, and I was glad when the action picked up again.
All in all, it was an exciting read with likeable characters, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes romance with their SciFi.