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About the Author
- ASIN : B07X7MX7FL
- Publication date : August 30, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2236 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 395 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #818,372 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The world Jake and Fox inhabit is nearly ours, with just enough uniqueness to create a vibrant and entrancing experience. I found the characters easy to relate to and with which to emphasize. This is nearly an insta-love, only barely missing the mark.
If I enjoyed this book so much, you might be wondering why I only gave it a 3* rating. Because of ALL the editing/grammar issues I ran into - and I DO mean "ran into"! It felt at times like I was simply grading a paper, not trying to immerse myself in a work of art. Without those problems, this would have easily been a 4* - 4.5* book.
And yet....I can't wait to read book two. I just hope that the editing/grammar issues have been resolved!
This book is set on a really interesting premise. The characters are well developed throughout the story, and the writing is done well. There are quite a few editing issues. Not enough to ruin the story, but they did get distracting at times. If not for those, it might have been a higher rating. Also, this book is not just fantasy with a romance; it is hot and heavy sexy times consistently throughout. I haven't read that many sex scenes in the last five or more books combined, lol. But, if you know what you're getting into (which I didn't;), it's totally worth the read.
This world is full of magic users, alchemists, and the creatures created by their combined forces in the past; shifters. Jake is an alchemist, and has been keeping to the plans his mentor laid out before his great "sacrifice." It's taken him years away from his family, but he's almost done. He stops for a rest in a small town near his destination where he meets Fox.
Fox is much younger than Jake, and is currently running the business for his father and trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. He's not that young, he just doesn't want to disappoint his dad, but he knows he doesn't want to keep doing what he has been doing. In walks a wanderer, and Fox is smitten.
When events lead to Jake realizing that Fox has the potential to be an alchemist himself, he is given a warning. He asks Fox to leave his life behind and come with him on his quest. Fox agrees, and learns extremely quickly how to use his newfound power.
They have many stops to make, and several tasks to complete, but not a day goes by that they don't find time for some seriously hot sexy times. Jake brings Fox more deeply into his plans, and they both gain more than expected along the way. Eventually, the time comes to reunite with Jake's family. It's hard at first, but soon the angst turns to love and acceptance.
There is a plot twist thrown in at the denouement of the story, and tragedy seems immanent. But the betrayal of one trusted leads to a broken promise by one loved. This sets off a course of action that could have been catastrophic under other circumstances. But love and sacrifice bring about a miracle that saves hearts from being shattered; but not the anger of the promise broken.
With patience and a different form of communication, apologies are made, anger is expressed, and forgiveness is granted. And, for now, our characters are facing a happy future...at least until the sequel. Who knows what will happen next.
* I received an ARC of this book and I am leaving my honest review. *
However, it wasn't professionally edited. My understanding is that there is a plan to fix this in the future. For now, expect turbulence. There were enough errors to throw me out of the story often enough to be tempted to quit. I'm glad I didn't.
Not a bad read but not stellar.