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Good Start...Fizzled Out towards the End
on January 18, 2012
The Nightman (more of a Novella than a full story) started out strong. Even though it was about Vampires and Werewolfs there were some original elements that made it stand out a tad bit more than some of the standard fare. I liked that Catlin and Adriel had a backstory where their lives were integrated on and off for about 100 years- this made their culminating love very believable. The idea of a curse that kept Caitlin out of the clutches of Dorian was a clever way to integrate a "love" triangle and make Dorian's obsession believable. (All of this is known very early so no spoilers.) The writing style was decent, made for an easy read but NOT sophomoric.
So why the three stars? Well, there seemed to be a lot of thought into the first half of the book but in the second half, not so much. It made me feel like the author wrote the first half with a lot of energy... let it sit... and then her publisher called and said hurry up you have a deadline. So I feel she rushed it. There was this great buildup of Catlin and Adriel's growing love and this buildup of this great finale... with Dorian, Adriel, and Catlin squaring off after 100 years of pent up resentment, lust, and fear. Instead it was kind of like a dud firecracker on the fourth of July: You light it and there is such anticipation... you just can't wait... then it sputters and kind of makes this weak sparkle of light and fizzles out. Everything happened quickly all of a sudden. I didn't feel the intensity when Catlin and Adriel got together and when Dorian found out. Disappointing.
However, still worthy of three stars. I would give another of T.L. Mitchell's work a chance- perhaps I can get a more satisfying ending from another of her books.