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Tooth and Claw (The Harry Russo Diaries Book 2) Kindle Edition
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First: the world-building is very light. We have a made-up city of unknown proportions that appears to be the first choice when villains are attempting to establish a new world order. Why exactly? Do other cities have identical political setups (i.e. a master vamp in control)? Is there a master supernatural council somewhere worldwide? Why is Nash an Alpha but clearly subservient to the local Werewolf council headed by his mother? Who is Isaac and where does he fit in the vampire hierarchy? We know Harry has uniqe skills that have not been seen for millenia; wouldn't that set off alarm bells elsewhere? Etc, etc. This aspect of the books remains underdeveloped and I thought would be fleshed out as the series progressed. Not so.
Second: The romance is rushed, almost to the point of mere convenience. Harry herself points out multiple times that she and Nash haven't gone on a single date and even though Nash's wolf says they're mated, neither "human" agrees they truly like each other. Most of their encounters involved him yelling at her for interfering in his investigation so I'm not sure why Emme accelerated their relationship to intimacy so quickly. (The old "I hate him but I can't resist him" trope).
Third: I love supernatural books with a strong kickass heroine but if you are going to pair her with an alpha wolf, ensure that our hero recognizes her strengths and doesn't pat her on the head and expect her to sit in a corner while the menfolk handle the situation. Emme pens Nash to state this directive in one fashion or another throughout the book and then explicitly writes a scene in the book to emphasize their relationship. (*** minor spoiler: Nash handcuffs her to a crate in the middle of a firefight and she's confronted by two bad guys who try to rape her ***) . What's worse is that when Harry calls him on his "me-Tarzan-you-Jane" actions , she immediately fells bad for making him feel guilty about it! How about you at least have the hero verbally acknowledge he screwed up and put her in a worst spot than she should have been thanks to him? An explicit apology is much better than implied regret. If you are going to emulate some aspects of Ilona Andrews, then use one of the best, where our mated pair, Kate and Curran, fight back-to-back in life-and-death situations because he knows she can hold her own. In other words, he's secure in his masculinity and is attracted to her strengths.
I may read the next installment as the books are cheaper than a publisher's price and I want to support talented indie authors like Emme. I hope she expands her Harry Russo universe to provide for deeper exploration. I'd be happy to pay more $ for longer books with more details.
Life is complicated and it's just going to keep going for the twists. Harry's diaries are addictive, you can't just read one... Thank heavens I didn't dive in this pool until after multiple releases. This way I don't have to camp on Ms Emme's lawn, chasing her back to her desk every time she tried to do anything but write diaries.
However, I felt the world building could be fleshed out a little more. As a lot of the supernatural races did not have any backstory. You assume that it must be similar too, whichever other supernatural world that the character reminds you of.
The backstory of the characters could also be padded out.
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