Series: Elder Races #8
Author: Thea Harrison
Blurb: In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two souls who have long buried their passions are about to be consumed…
Ever since their scorching affair ended years ago, Julian, the Nightkind King, and Melisande, daughter of the Light Fae Queen, have tried to put the past behind them—and distance between them. But when a war breaks out between Julian and Justine, a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind council, they find themselves thrown together under treacherous circumstances…
Kidnapped as leverage against Julian, Melly is convinced that her former lover won’t be rushing to her rescue. But when Julian gives himself up to save her, they both end up Justine’s captives. Armed only with their wits and their anger, Melly and Julian must work together to escape. But will they be able to ignore their complicated history, or will the fiery passion that once burned them blaze again?
Thoughts: I’ve only read a few of Thea Harrison’s books, but even I have to say that this one doesn’t fall in with her usual writing. Kinked was my first experience with her writing, and I was utterly captivated by the book and could not put it down. I was expecting to have that same fascination with this book – unfortunately, that was not the case.
One of the major elements within a book is the characters – the readers need to connect to the characters, to feel something for them, and – most of all – to actually like them. I didn’t really care for these characters much at all. The immaturity level was just ridiculous. And the things that you are expected to believe? Particularly in regards to their b’ig’ breakup? Far from plausible. The fact that the characters never even contemplated what really happened? This makes me think the characters are lacking in intelligence. And the fact that as readers I’m expected to accept that reasoning? Normally, this would make me wonder how stupid the writer thinks the readers are – fortunately, I have read at least a few books by this author before. Luckily this wasn’t the first – so I’m not judging her and the rest of her books based solely on this book. Excellent and exceptional author, but this particular book was a dud for me.