Undisclosed Desire Kindle Edition
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I also liked the language used, it was befitting for the time, but the inserts of French and Spanish here and there got a little redundant. Speaking of redundant, there were a couple adjectives that were just used over and over and over again! Seriously though, I wonder how many times the words "older vampire, homolupine, and fledgling" were used. Those just come to mind because, while they are decent descriptions, they were EVERYWHERE. I also noticed that there was a lot of emphasizing (italicizing) in places where it was not really necessary.
Lastly, there was quite a chunk that vanished as far as plot. Without spoiling anything, what I mean is Keith's twin brother and that vial nonsense. Because of the fact that it was not resolved, the whole concept could have been easily removed as a whole. Maybe there was closure as far as that was concerned and it was just edited out? I have no idea. There is also another chunk which I am not mentioning but it has to do with the werewolf concept that also vanished.
Even with these flaws, I still felt as though Undisclosed Desires was a compelling love story that had an interesting setting and even more interesting characters.
The vampire folklore is fairly traditional and many details are given but it is clear that the main focus of the author's attention lies in the complex relationships among the three main characters.
Even if we understand right from the start that the woman does not stand a chance against the vampire's charms it is also clear that the author loves her: beautiful, clever, patient, spirited and self sacrificing. Ofelia is not evil, she does not simply stand in the way of the lovers: she is alive, she is loved and lovely and even the vampire respects her.
Events bring these three people together and their meeting has lasting consequences, that is all.
The romance among these three is very intense and satisfying. We are given enough details to understand the workings of their minds and feel for them. Characterization is consistent and generally good, even that of the side characters.
That said this novel is also flawed. Ms Peters' writing is often redundant, full of unnecessary details (and there are several short episodes which are not really relevant to the plot unless she is planning a sequel). Pacing is encumbered by many flashbacks clumsily woven into the plot, often at the worst of times.
The man often accuses the vampire of speaking too much and not acting but the same could be said of the author who tells instead of showing and does not remember that in fiction any sentence must push the plot forward, be it at a leisurely pace.
The POV shifts constantly and confusingly among the characters as there is nothing to make the reader aware of the shift, not even the simple device of beginning a new paragraph.
Some grammar mistakes, some inconsistencies and a clumsy use of French and Spanish loanwords are also awaiting for a good editor to address them.
Keith and Javier are fascinating, and the sexual tension quivers like a strung and pulled bow. The others who play a part in their lives -- Keith's servants Amaroq, Marlon, Linette and Margot, Javier's wife Ofelia, and the man who is determined to hunt Keith down, Chrétienne de Sens -- are much more than walk-on characters and each has his or her own quirks, foibles and desires as they help or hinder Keith's pursuit of Javier. Rich, full characterizations, well-described settings, and writing that draws you in and does not fail to deliver on its early promise make this a book well worth reading. And now, I'm off to read it again, savoring each detail once more. Or twice more.