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Take: scars of the wraiths Paperback – February 6, 2015
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Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave. When she isn't writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dogs at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers and chatting about her addiction—books.
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Jasper behaved like a stereotypical MC kind of hero - potty mouthed killer with few morals who spoke in sentence fragments. Max was a pain in the a** type character - trying to keep herself emotionally dead inside because she fears being taken by Drake again. Of course, they meet, have instant lust, he stalks her for 6 months, and then within a few days of being together, they are in love - despite the fact that he agreed to kill her. Yet one more book where the heroine falls in love with someone who was willing to kill her. The secondary characters were all cardboard cut outs, and the only other women in the story were just props to let us know how hot Jasper was because they all wanted to sleep with him.
Then there's the writing - the Scottish brogue with an Irish lilt?? Angel, sunshine, stars - I get it - she lights up his life - but it was overkill. The sex scenes were badly done - he hurts her, she convinces herself she likes it, and then he convinces her she needs it. I skipped over the last few because they just weren't sexy.
I really liked her Tear Asunder series, and am looking forward to the next Unyielding book, but I won't be continuing with this series.
Max is a Scar who has pretty much withdrawn from the world. She was rescued from a sadistic Scar named, Drake, who had used her to heal his lungs, over and over again, for six years. He also raped her and tortured her. She’s now living with a Taldeburu(leader of a group of Scars) Xamien, and under his protection. Besides being a healer, she is also able to heal another Scar’s Ink. She keeps this very secret because her former torturer has ink that has been destroyed by a goddess because his particular ink would endanger the world’s population. In this author’s world building, the ink(tattoo)a Scar is born with is able to leap from the Scar’s skin when called. It can then aid in a fight or something of that nature. Pretty unique! For those six years, Drake never discovered that she could have healed his ink and in doing so, his lungs would have healed. Jasper is a friend of Xamien, and he is also a ruthless Scar assassin. He enters Max’s world and turns it upside down. Jasper is as broken inside as Max is, and has a horrific past that has enabled him to become the unfeeling assassin that he is.
Of course this is the story of Max and Jasper’s romance. But it’s also the story of two people that are lost, broken, and alone, and how they heal each other. It becomes an exciting ride of a story when Jasper and Max have to escape both bad humans and vampires that are out to kill them-or abduct them. Those parts of the book had me on the edge of my seat.
I so wanted to love this book as much as the other two, and it almost happened. I loved the story, the back stories, and the characters. I enjoyed the romance, suspense, the hiding, and the chase scenes. One aspect held me back. Sex scenes that involve pain. The use of squeezing someone’s throat until they can’t breathe, or hitting their girlie parts just makes me cringe, and it pretty much ruined those parts of the book for me. I hate to say that because what would have been a 5 star read for me, completely changed at that point. I also don’t understand how it would be a good idea for a woman who has been brutally raped and tortured over and over again for six years(!) to have that done to her? It made no sense to me, even with the explanation given.
So 5 stars for the story and characters and 2.5 stars for the sexual scenes, puts me around 3.5 stars. It’s actually a good book, if not for the sexual scenes. I do plan on reading more of these books because I honestly love the premise of these stories and the urban fantasy elements are spot on. A new series with a new type of supernatural character? I can’t pass that up. I know that there are lots of people that won’t have my issues, so I do recommend this whole series to adult UF/PNR readers.