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OMG! After reading the 1st book, I was so excited to read/listen to this second installment in the series. What a let down! I know this may sound more like a rant rather than a review, but what the heck was R.L. Mathewson thinking when she created the male lead????
Chris, the adopted son of Madison and Ephraim was a total SOB, jerk, A-hole....you can add any expletive and it would fit. His treatment of the heroine, Isabella was not acceptable! He was so awful to her till about 95% of the book, when his turn-around began. Ugh, so many times this was almost a DNF for me, but it's the stubbornness in me that made me listen till the end.
Chris had been awaiting and dreaming about his Sentinel "mate" for years, which seemed to have been plenty of time for him to build up expectations. Well, when fate unites him with his Sentinel mate, Isabella, although she is a beautiful woman (green eyes, great figure--the whole package), he rejects her. Chris rejected Isabella because she lacked fighting instincts. I had such a hard time with Chris and his mistreatment of his lady, especially because Isabella did not deserve that from him. Isabella did not have an easy upbringing....no one EVER showed her love, and for most of this book, Chris could be added to the list of people who did her wrong in her life.
For most of the book, the relationship always felt 1 step ahead, while 3 steps back. When Chris finally started pursuing Isabella sexually, well, they had smoking hot sex, but you couldn't even enjoy those parts because it was sandwiched in with his cheuvonistic, regretful behavior. Even when you thought Chris was making some progress in his feelings for Isabella....BAM, he responded in a way that was appalling and gut-wrenching.
EVEN THOUGH I LOVE R.L. MATTHEWSON'S WORK, I'M SERIOUSLY PISSED WITH HER FOR THIS BOOK. OMG, and when you consider how Isabella was so powerless in the relationship, and was tossed, pulled around and used by Chris....it made me feel sick. There were a few times I felt like crying for her & I had to remind myself this is just a silly novel.
If the relationship between the leads was better this would have been an incredibly fun, and action-packed book. In this book more of the Pyte/Sentinel world comes to life and you learn more about the dangers caused by demons, minions, vampire and were wolves. You also get a great update with the other characters in the book.
UGH, SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT!!! I'm not sure if I will take a chance with the next book in the series......I'll have to find a way to calm down after this one!!!!
Narrator: Stella Bloom did a good job in her narration.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This book has ALOT of negative reviews & after listening to it I can see why but I am one of a few that was entertained by the listen!
First, let me say that I love Stella Bloom. I have said this before but she is one of those narrators you either love or hate.
The story of Chris & Izzy is a hot mess. We met Chris in Book 1 and know that he had a rough childhood up until Ephraim and Madison adopted him. Towards the end of book 1 we learn Chris is a sentinel and really looking forward to find his mate. In this book he has built very high standards of who his mate is. He has become a really good sentinel but he has developed a really warped sense of obligation to his adoptive family. In Chris point of view each and every family member is more important than him or his wants. When he finally finds his mate he will have one other person to protect his family.
Izzy is a tech wiz who has no idea what she is or that there is more than just humans that reside in the world. She is constantly trying to outsmart the pple and corporations that want to get their hands on her programs. She has one particular program that will have vampires, werewolves & deamons after her.
After a close encounter with a vamp, Izzy is rescued by a group of sentinels... As there is only one last pair or unmated sentinels, she sent to Chris to confirm if they are mated and hopefully find out why she is a wanted woman.
Not understanding why Izzy's powers haven't kicked in Chris believes putting her smack in the middle of danger will jump start her powers. Of course this backfired and as Izzy realizes that all she has seen is indeed real, she freezes and curls on the ground ready to accept she is going to die.
This cowardly action sets Chris on a path that makes him come across as cruel & heartless to everyone around him but to him and his once again twisted mind he is trying to protect his mate. As much as he tries (and he really did a good job of being a horrible mate.... I mean at one point he called Izzy a whore!) he cannot fight his attraction to Izzy or how she is his perfect half.
When Izzy finally begins to come to her powers, Chris stubbornly refuses to see her as anything but a burden to his family. Finally, it takes the fact that his own family (esp. His father & brother) has stepped in to protect Izzy, a job he has UTTERLY failed at. He begins to try to repair his damage and hope that he can get one more chance at a life for himself and not one for his family with him as a soldier!
At the end of the book we are left wondering if the villans are truly evil or secretly good! Definately worth my credit but really is one of those books where the hero is not as loveable as one would expect in a romance book! Besides most princes were once frogs at one time right?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
From all the comments I read I am 50/50 when it comes to purchasing this book.
So in the end, I actually bought it.
We all love Chris in book 1 and thought book 2 was going to be even better. In a way, the whole story is actually even better, because we get to see the whole families progress. On the other hand, why we think this book is bad because of Chris's attitude towards his mate.
I won't lie saying I am not pissed listening to the story because I truly am MAD at Chris and his treatment on Isabella. One thing we can learn from this story is we can have expectations but having "too high of an expectation" on either someone or some situation isn't good. Because in the end it never happens the way you expects it and it will hurt your feelings.
I also realise instead of explaining one by one, they just jump through hoops with Isabella and to me personally it is a really horrible way to explain things. Besides that, I get it that he is worried for his family cos he loves them so much but COME ON!!! If I was in Isabella situation I would have the exact same reaction - confuse & mad as hell. But maybe not coward down to a point of losing my dignity.
Also keep in mind that everyone is different. Some people pick things up quickly and some slow. And some people are good in one thing and suck at the other or multiple things, its just the way it is. It can be frustrating but slowly (not at a snails pace) with patients, sooner then you know they get there. - this is me defending Isabelle, as part of my personal experience.