Series: Elder Races #6
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on 5 November 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Mini Review Alert! Lots of things good things come in small packages like truffles, chocolate, vanilla slices, cookies and baklava. While you can’t eat this review, hopefully you will enjoy it.
I’m afraid that this book didn’t work for me for a number of reasons:
1. BDSM simply isn’t my thing and so I really struggled to engage with the book’s romance. For those that are really into BDSM, I’m not sure whether the 15 minutes Aryan and Quentin agreed on where one could dominate the other would suffice.
2. Not a lot actually happened in the first half of the book and what did happen had no relation really to the overarching plot line for the series. I fairly quickly grasped that the two characters hated each other, to the point that they enjoyed brawling and plotting murder and didn’t need to be bludgeoned over the head with it. The pace picked up in the second part of the book with the appearance of the shadow creatures but unfortunately the big battle was over too quickly. I wish that the majority of the book had been set in Numenlaur as the world was robust enough to keep people interested and we got to meet some of the survivors that were trying to get their lives back together.
3. Aryal and Quentin started out as fairly strong characters but Ayral was the only one to suffer quite badly. I think this bothered me the most as it threw the equality out of whack. Harrison had the ability to give us a genuinely bad-ass heroine but ended up resorting to the tried and true trope where the female is physically less strong than the male and has to rely on him for protection.
4. The baddie’s motives and actions weren’t really explored. I wanted greater interaction between them and our leads rather than just hearing about what they had done second-hand. It would have made the big fight far more engaging.
5. Pia is being over-used as a deus ex machina. So many people now know of her secret that it is getting ridiculous.
Unfortunately, apart from the name of the book, there wasn’t anything to indicate the inclusion of BDSM in the blurb as if there had been, I would have avoided it. Without that, this one probably would have been an ‘okay’ read for me.