Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Published on: January 17, 2017
Rating: 3 STARS
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This book follows the story from the earlier book, that’s why we need to read the previous book (book 1) before jumping into this one. I grabbed this book right after it was published because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen to Darcy and Jack. You can read my review of the previous book here. So, what about it? I might be in the minority here. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the previous book. The previous one was not perfect, I did have some problems with it, but this one had taken it to another level and I could not ignore it. Let me elaborate the factors that made me turn off first before I explained what I loved about this story.
First, I still could not connect with Darcy, which is the heroine. It was hard to even finish this book because of her. I find that her reaction was too much and she was kind of moody. She always reacted extremely. It happened in the book 1 as well but for some reasons, I’d kind of ignored it. When she found out that Jack was a werewolf, she ran, pushed him away and called him a monster that had ruined her life.
“You’re ruining my life! I want you out of my house. I want you to leave! Why can’t you just leave me alone?”
Really? He treated you like a queen! Despite the fact she was a 35-year-old, very intelligent woman, she acted like a stupid teenager. I understand that she was upset with the reality after twenty years falling in love with him and finally having him back, her whole dreams were crushed in the flash. It was hard to accept, but her reaction was TOO MUCH and annoying. I’d hoped her reaction would have been narrated differently. When he came back and tried to win her back, she gave in easily. Oh, really? She completely changed from one extreme behavior to another that I found “unbelievably not realistic.”
When her brother was attacked and dying, Willow and Jack were panicked and tried their best to help him. What did Daisy do?
“Willow followed behind Jack but Darcy stood dazed for a minute, unable to look away from the newly bound lovers.”
She was busy watching Lela and Julien made love. Yup. When her own brother was dying, fighting for his life, she was mesmerized by how passionate their binding process (kissing that would lead to making love) was.
“Jack’s erection, which had been calming down as he helped Willow situate Amory, sprang back to life at the sight of her so flushed and ready for sex. It killed him that he was about to add a delay to their lovemaking.”
Oh no, no, no. A big NO. Amory is dying, bleeding heavily and unconscious, and you are thinking about making love? What? Are you kidding me? What heartless human beings both of them. I could not take it anymore. I had to put the book down and was considering to quit for good. It was not realistic and not believable. All they both were thinking, in the entire story, was how to have sex, sex, and sex that made me completely turn-off.
The other thing that bothered me was Willow. She believed what Jack said about his being a werewolf, based only on one information. No surprise, fear, or any normal reactions I would have hoped from her. It was unbelievable how plain and abnormal her reactions were. I had to consistently remind myself that she was into anything relating to mystical things, and maybe, yes maybe, she was used to it. But she never really encountered one that was real before, in her whole life. I found it crazy that one minute she didn’t like him and was suspicious about him, the next minute she was all in and became his big supporter.
The last thing that bothered me is the fact that Jack had to wait 20 years to reconnect with her. This book provided more information about his life during those years. He had worked comfortably with humans before reconnecting with her. It means he was capable of living normally. My big question is if he could live a normal life with humans before, why would it take 20 years to come to her? Whatever the reasons were, I did not buy it.
If I can point one thing that I love in this story is that Jack never gave up, even in the situation where things seemed impossible. He always fought for her and never lost faith in her and his love for her. That is the quality that I love in book heroes. When a hero easily gives up, I’m usually done with the story.
However, that is not enough to win me over in this case, unfortunately. I found that all the reactions from the main characters, including supporting characters, in this story were not believable. The story lacks details and a lot of questions left unanswered. It led me to disconnect with the main characters and the story itself. I’m sorry if this review reveals too much information for you who are interested in giving this story a try. It’s hard to explain the things that you don’t like without giving any spoilers. I don’t mean to discourage anyone from reading it. This is just my honest opinion and I hope people who are reading this review will understand. There are a lot of praises and good ratings for this book on Goodreads, so I am, like I said in the beginning, in the minority here.
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