High expectations and all...
Oh, how I wanted to love this book. What's even worse, how I expected to love this book. It wasn't meant to be, I guess.
So, what do we have here?
* Daddy issues times two
* True mate confusion times two
* A sadist who died way too easily, way too soon
* Orgy (don't even go there)
* One bitchy, annoying heroine
* One possessive, cranky Alpha male
* A lot of side characters
* A lot of hot, shifter sex
All in all - a story that could be awesome, if only it weren't so... not awesome.
As it turns out, Taryn is sarcastic to the point of exhaustion. Not to mention that her lines are so old & overused it made me want to bang my head against the wall - at least once per page.
Greta and Taryn together - well, that was even worse.
It just seems like Ms. Wright collected every single snappy comeback line she could find, and used them all for Taryn. The "male" witty pick-up/comeback ones were generously given to Dominic.
Let's just say "hilarious" is not what I'd use to describe that part of the story.
Less is definitely more sometimes.
As for Trey... He's supposed to be a psycho? How? When? What did I miss???
Seriously, Trey is more of a grumpy puppy kind, than big bad wolf going feral kind of guy. Soooo... I don't get it. Oh, I liked him. Don't get me wrong. He's the bright spot in this story. But, he's as psycho as Taryn is Dominant... it definitely works better if you stick with the "show, don't tell" method.
My rating is, actually, this high for two reasons:
#1 I decided not to rate the orgy, and pretend it never happened. If I were to seriously consider judging that infamous scene here, I'd have to knock down another star. I hope that long, unnecessary, out of character & completely unfathomable scene will disappear once the edited edition is published.
#2 is this:
“Love is giving someone the power to completely destroy you, and hoping that they won’t.”
“I’d never purposely hurt you. Never. I’m a man which means I’ll fuck up. Regularly. I’m not good with words, I spout crap when I’m angry, and I’m about as romantic as a pebble. But…See, I’m not good with words. All I can say is you’re important to me in a way I can’t explain or understand. More important to me than anything else.”
“You’re all there is for me, Taryn. I’m broken baby. You know that. Before you… it was like those bits of me were just scattered all over the place. I’ve never felt whole. Not until you. You hold those pieces together. It’s not an exaggeration when I say you hold my sanity in your hands. Without you, I’d fall apart.”
See? So much potential.
One more thing - about all those editing mistakes...
Will I read the next book in the series? Probably. I'm an eternal optimist and I really liked Dante. I can only hope it'll get better. *fingers crossed and all*