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Ilias follows on from the first book, these should probably be read in order, there are major spoilers for book one and I think you need to have read book one for this book to make sense.
I wasn't really sure about this series after book one, i was hoping that it would develop more in the second book but that didn't happen for me. It was enjoyable but it wasn't gripping.
The main relationship between Ilias and Andrea is a bit dysfunctional, they're both trying to protect themselves and test the other person and they just never seemed to mesh for me, it left me thinking that they aren't suited. They seemed to go from "I'm not sure about you even though we are 'fated'" to "OMG I love you" in the space of a chapter.
I like the concept, I'm just not sold on the execution.
The narrator did a good job, i liked the character voices and the overall delivery was good.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
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Ilias is Book 2 of the Stratham Shifters series by Sarah Stone. I have to say that I really liked the idea of this series and had high hopes for it. Unfortunately, the execution wasn't as gripping as I had hoped. Ilias finds his mate in Andrea. Andrea, unfortunately, is a junkie. As Ilias gets closer to his mate, he goes through super quick puberty and they get more in tune. Andrea gets kidnapped and has some other family issues as well. Do Ilias and Andrea find happiness together or are they destined to fail? Well, without giving away any spoilers, I won't say anymore, though I'm sure you can guess the outcome. I didn't like Andrea and the Ilias part of the story just felt rushed. I think with a more solid female lead the story would have been improved, though I'm not sure by how much. This isn't a series that I will be continuing, though I'm sure others will absolutely love it. Note that I did not read Book One, and from reading the reviews already posted, it sounds like reading Book One before this book is advised, as the story carries on form book to book.
Connor Brown's narration was fine and I didn't have any issues with his delivery. I'd listen to more of his narration in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.
Sarah J Stone has an interesting style. This is the shorter book but she somehow manages to touch on serious topics, in this case drug addiction and abuse, without compromising the romantic and sexy aspects of the story. She manages to write paranormal romances with substance.
That said, the two protagonists are young and that is evident in their interaction and the choices they make. To be honest they are a little younger than I normally enjoy reading but I still liked the story and look forward to the remainder of the series. In the larger picture of the series, the dragons are shifting from being a group of directionless, damanged bachelors to becoming a family and clan. I am sure as they become more cohesive, there will be more opportunities to address their personal issues and their enemies.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.