By Dannika Dark
Seven series, book #2
Category: Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: 3.5
- Captivation: 3.5
- Sizzle: 4
- Romance: 3
- Enjoyment: 3
- Literacy: 4
Book Description: Destiny will find you.
April Frost is a compassionate young woman with a steady job and ambitious goals. But the harder she runs away from her past, the more it threatens to destroy her. When three strangers enter her life, April is forced to face her demons and it’s a battle she may not win.
Private investigators in the Breed world are men who take risks, and Reno Cole is no exception. As a Shifter, he’s expected to control his inner animal. But lately his wolf has been venturing dangerously close to the city, and he’s about to discover why. When Reno is reintroduced to a family friend, the attraction is immediate. April captivates him with her secretive eyes and resilient spirit. She’s also in trouble, and despite the fact she’s a human, Reno can’t turn his back on her.
April is caught between two worlds: One that threatens to bury her dreams and another that could fulfill them. Can she trust the wolf at her door and find the courage to overcome her demons?
Captivation: I like the idea of this story, but found a lot of parts that bored me silly. There were several moments where I contemplated not finishing the book, yet others where I couldn’t put it down.
Sizzle: The intimacy scenes in this book are pretty spine-tingling… the reader is experiencing the newness of the physical relationship, with all the awkwardness that implies.
Romance: I struggle to rate this. I’m not a huge fan of April’s character in this book. I really like Reno, but not so much April. She’s whiny and consistently makes poor choices. As such the ability for Reno to romance her is frustrating at best. There is little romancing on her part for him, leaving the relationship building in this book meager and one-sided.
Enjoyment: I dislike April’s character in general (in this book). Dark spends a lot of time developing a very complex character, but puts too many negative choices into it without balancing equal positive choices. There is a small amount of character development, which occurs inconsistently – then is backtracked. There is the feel that Dark had a lot of great ideas and instead of choosing a few to make the story interesting, she threw them all in and made the story too complex, unbelievable, and unbalanced.
Literacy: There were a few standard editorial errors, and a couple grammatical errors, but not so many that it detracted from the reading of the story too much.
Overall, I will not read this book as a whole again. I will highlight some pretty neat phrases and leave a summary notation for future reference when re-reading the series. The lack of balance, character development and heroine’s personality was too much for me to enjoy. If I did not focus on reading the full story in order to fully read the series, I’d have skipped to the last two chapters and marked the book as a do not re-read.