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on 14 December 2014
This is one of those books I refer to as 'meh reads,' because that's my response to them. Meh. Nothing really horrible about them, but nothing particularly good either. I'd say this was designed simply to appeal that lizard, hind-brain we all seem to have. It's all growly, über alpha precariously contains his inner beast for the benefit of the simpering female who's caught his eye. Meh. Seen it all before.
I'll give Holley points for having the moxie to say what she wants. But she also seemed perfectly content to let her brother control every aspect of her life. Meh. Not a total wet noodle, but not a wonderfully strong heroine either.
The plot had a few twists to it, but they didn't work well for me. They felt abrupt and more like new plot arcs than twists. Meaning, it felt like, 'ok, finished that bit up, now we're going to race off in this direction now.' Not boring but not natural.
Plus, many of these new arc directions were predicated on shifting character traits. The previous super evil, murdering bastard was suddenly the wounded victim. The good brother was suddenly the manipulative director, wait, no, he's the real hero, wait, no, he's obsessively possessive. Again, not boring but not natural either.
Every obstacle set up was overcome almost instantly, even the final climactic one. There was very little build-up or time for tension to heighten before solutions were found or bad guys defeated, etc. Meh.
The same middle of the road, shoulder-shrugging indifference can be applied to the sex too. There was no foreplay to any of it. It's claim to eroticism seems to have been based solely on Duncan's intense, animalistic need <i>need</i>. Meh. Once such scene might have been nice, but when that's all we get...Meh.
So, again, it wasn't a wholly bad book. It was just clumsy and obviously designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It needed more character development, world-building and plain old substance.