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Not really what I wanted
on 23 April 2011
My first introduction to Kathy Love and I wasn't overly impressed. The quality of the writing was mostly good, she drew the main characters well enough - Jude came out well rounded and likeable, while Ellina seemed a little insubstantial. Their growing intimacy was handled well, if a bit rushed.
But the plot? What happened to it? The cover blurb says quite specifically that Jude has been hired to protect Ellina - and also to kill her. Wrong. His anxiety at the beginning, his reasons for not wanting to take on the job as her bodyguard were never shown. He had no intention - at any time - of killing her. No reason to. I hoped that would manifest as a plot twist, but no. The protagonist was painfully obvious right away. And the tiny twist (where we find out WHY Jude wanted to do one last bodyguard job) was disappointing - and obvious. Indeed, the reason the protagonist wanted to kill her was vague to the point of being invisible.
Jude's reason for being the way he is (an interesting, but unfulfilled werewolf / vampire cross) was never explained.
All in all, this was a disappointing lightweight read, with not a lot to recommend it.
I'd like to give it 2.5 stars, as I didn't abandon it. But that's not really saying much...