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The story droned on and on and on, and never picked up. There were many times I almost gave up on it, but hoped it would get better, it never did. The narrator was just awful, she made the story so even worse. Save your time and credit.
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This was a fairly good read. The characters and settings were well drawn out during the first half of the book, with enough plot progression during this to keep me tuned in. If you like formula paranormal romance without a whole lot of surprises, this is your book! It was a nice start to a new series. Sometimes the first book in a series spends too much time on "world building" and not enough time building the characters and the romance, but the author does a very balanced job of this.
I've seen some reviewers compare this to JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I didn't really see it. In BDB, the good guy vamps fought bad guys who were supernatural, but not vampires per se. Also, the heroes in BDB were more over the top and bigger than life, even for vampires. I see more similarities (almost too many) in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breeds series, which, I might add, is a marvelous series for paranormal romance fans.
There are a few problems, which is why I only gave the story 3 stars. First, the book is loaded with the standard romantic fiction tropes that I, for one, am getting a bit tired of. The "gay male best friend", the "rushes headlong into danger despite all warnings because I'm a selfless person" and the "practically an orphan self sacrificing for my sibling" tropes, to name a few. Also, some of the dialogue between the hero and heroine was a bit over the top mushy. These are small things, but they did take something away from the book for me. Still, I have a tendency to like these series more the further I get into them, because I have more investment in the characters I suppose, so I have already purchased the second book.
The narrator did a good job, but tended to make the mushy dialogue sound even mushier out loud. I'm not sure if that's a product of the writer or the narrator, but the combination didn't really work for me. Still, this was only a bit of dialogue, mainly towards the end, so it was only moderately distracting. All in all, yes, I've read better, but I don't feel like I wasted my time or my credit.
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