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- Print Length: 294 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sinful Press (August 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ION3B4G
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If this is part of a series, I will long forget about finishing it because the important part of the relationship - the bond - is basically there. This book would gave been better off as a complete story with a higher price.
I was looking forward to reading this book. A new take on the supernatural is always interesting. I wasn’t disappointed in the world-building. The author has created an interesting supernatural world with the creation of ErGer’s and the relationship between the fey and the rest of the supernaturals. The characters are fully developed and interesting. I didn’t mind, as some reviewers have said, being thrown into the story so abruptly and having to fill in the gaps on the nature of the supernatural world and the backstory of the characters as the story unfolds. I find that a more interesting approach than a lot of exposition. I didn’t even object to the explicit sexuality, although it wasn’t quite what I expected from the description of the book. I don’t mind some steamy sex in a novel if there is also an interesting plot and characters.
I had a struggle deciding what I felt about this novel. There is much I liked about it, but I was troubled by some aspects of the BDSM sexuality used in the novel. Although it isn’t really my thing, I don’t object to BDSM, between consenting adults, in otherwise well written books. However, my problem with this novel centres on the concept of “consent”. Given the power differential between the two main characters, I have doubts about the validity of the consent. I dislike the ideas of accepting submission as being the same as learning trust and taking away autonomy as a way to rebuild self-esteem. I was reminded of the old bodice-ripper “heroine falling in love with her rapist/abductor” trope. The author made an effort early on to make the hero’s true feelings and motivations known to the reader and in this way the novel differs from those earlier, darker, examples where the hero eventually discovers he has fallen in love with the heroine and that redeems all of his earlier abusive behaviour.
So, I think I might want to read the next novel in this series. I am curious about the nature and intentions of the fey in this world. I want to know what the humans have planned, and who the London Court’s true enemies are. I am even interested in the developing relationship between Kathryn and Lucian now that Kathryn seems to be reclaiming her power. I read the author’s blog to get a better sense of her views and I want to give her the benefit of the doubt about not meaning to use one of the most objectionable tropes in romance. But I am still a bit uncomfortable.
I really liked Lucien. He was very sweet, compassionate, sensual, and all alpha. His capacity for caring was clear pretty early on in the book, but the more I got to know this character, the more there was to love. Kathryn on the other hand had so many walls up and was so guarded, but for completely understandable reasons. Watching these two characters with such big hearts try to navigate their situation was very interesting.
Beyond the relationship development between our two main characters, there was also betrayal from unknown sources, danger on the horizon, and intriguing secondary characters. This was book one of the series, and it happily for me, did not end in a cliffhanger but more a happy for now moment. I would definitely be interested in seeing what comes next.