Dark Stranger – Revealed
By I.T. Lucas
The Children of The Gods series, book 2
Category: Paranormal Romance
Overall Rating: 3.3
- Captivation: 3.5
- Sizzle: 3
- Romance: 3
- Enjoyment: 3.5
- Literacy: 3.5
Book Description: Sheltered in the clan’s stronghold, Syssi feels a powerful connection to Kian, all the time unaware that he and his sister are not human, and neither are the supposedly religious fanatics that are after her. As Kian introduces Syssi to a world of pleasure she never dared imagine, his dominant sexuality is a revelation. And even though she is completely out of her element, Syssi feels comfortable and safe letting go with him. That is, until she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Piecing the puzzle together, she draws a scary, yet completely wrong conclusion…
Will Kian ultimately betray Syssi’s trust? Will he finally confess his true nature? Should he?
Captivation: The second book in the series the episode-like pattern. The story is extremely long, drawn out, and involves more personal inner musings than actual plot or character development. Both the first and second book could easily be cut down into about three chapters of a regular book and lose about half of the book size.
Sizzle: There is no real intimacy. There are a few dream scenes where foreplay is described, a couple of inner-thought fantasies. They are short sections, leaving the reader more frustrated than satisfied. That said, they hint at the possibility of good scenes.
Why do I rate this if there are no intimate scenes? Part is because the book contains enough hints at intimacy and part is because the book is categorized as a romance on various sites.
Romance: The romance continues to be limited due to the almost hypocritical conflicts that move along for both main characters – even in their own inner dialog.
Enjoyment: I am conflicted with this series so far, the plot is interesting and there is so much potential for a truly great story here, but the overly drawn-out inner dialogs make it hard to stay immersed.
Literacy: Not quite as many grammatical and editorial errors as the first book, but still several. The odd mixture of conjunctions and non-conjunctions in the dialog continues, but isn’t as distracting (unless I’ve gotten so used to it that I have started to ignore it).
Overall, This book is slightly better than the first, however, in general, not really the best written book. The author could have easily removed the majority of each books in the 3-part “episodes” and combined them into 1 true book, creating a really wonderful, imaginative book. Unfortunately, this wasn’t how it was handled, and the books as episodes provide lengthy reads. The contradictions and about-facing written in all of these books is amazing in not-good way.