- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3168 KB
- Print Length: 378 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Off the Hook Publishing (8 July 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008IVT0W2
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #557,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'Hyde' is dark, snarky, violent, mysterious, tense and funny, with an unusual and unexpected love story at its heart.
Mitch and Eden could have been yet another cookie-cutter alpha/bad boy and ingenue couple, but the strengths and vulnerabilities of each make them relatable and empathetic despite the urban fantasy nature of the story.
There's gasp aloud moments aplenty in this book, and although it ends on a cliffhanger (which would normally have me incandescent with rage), the actual story arc of book one IS complete, and the teasers into book two are wholly unexpected and well done.
This book is NOT for you if you object to: rude language, fairly graphic sex, violence and plot twists.
If you want to read something fresh, exciting and completely gripping and can deal with all of that. I can't recommend it highly enough. Five emphatic and slightly overexcited stars :-)
I found the characters to be very relatable and realistic and the story line intriguing and quick paced.
I would HIGHLY recommend it and have already told most of my friends to get it.
Trust me, amazing book!
Once I had read a couple of chapters I knew I liked it, and once I was about a quarter through it I loved it! It is well written and has a great storyline full of romance (not the instant mushy kind), mystery, murder and intrigue. It was great. I read a lot and a large amount of the books I read are PNR's so it was refreshing to read one that strayed away from vamps, werewolves, fairies etc, without being completely rubbish as I have found a lot of others to be.
The main characters were strong, and although the lead male isn't always nice, you read from his point of view and see why is how he is and the genuine reasons behind his actions. I already recommended this book to someone before I finished it and I will recommend it to others as well.
Now to download parts 2 and 3 ;)
The 'Hyde' side:
(1) The central plot: If you are looking for a story similar to the original Jekyll and Hyde, chances are this book will be a let-down. It more resembles a love story of the 50 Shades Trilogy variety. With all the bad that is implied about Hyde and Chastity, mostly these so-called monsters spend their time getting naked, talking dirty and trying to entice the other (in their Jekyll form) to have kinky sex with them. Okay it's dark behaviour but hardly monstrous.
Eden and Mitch are too busy rubbing each other the wrong way to pay attention to the crucial stuff. Why are notes left for Eden from a third party telling her Mitch can help her? Who wrote them? How did Eden break through a wall to escape her apartment? How come her room mate, Carter, didn't hear her breaking through the wall? (He is on medication is not an acceptable answer.) Who has the power to stop the police investigating Mitch's sister's murder? Who would want to? Is it a coincidence that both Hyde and Chastity were present on the night Shelly died? Admittedly, some of these questions do enter Mitch's mind, but they exit it again soon after. You can't help but come to the conclusion he's not the sharpest tool in the box. Eden cannot be relied upon to do the thinking because clearly this is not her role (see below for clarification).
(2) The nasty undertone: Eden's 'Hyde', Chastity, has a tendency to behave in a way that is at best embarrassing and at worst demeaning and humiliating not just to Eden but to women in general. That said, Eden's behaviour (her determination to behave like a nun) and her back story does justify Chastity's (as uncomfortable as it may read). But then Eden is often sexually objectified as well. There are a few scenes where she gets wet for the sole purpose of allowing her clothes to cling and her nipples to show through or for her to have to remove them, all for Mitch's (and sometimes Carter's) benefit. Whether she is Eden or Chastity, more often than not, by the end of the chapter, she ends up shedding her clothes.
When she is not being a prop, the other female character in the novel, Mitch's PA Jolie, is also a sex object. It is one thing to have Mitch regard her as one (after all this is justified by his need to be a bastard to everyone in order to keep Hyde under control). The problem is, Jolie actually chooses to behave like one. She does throw herself at every man she comes into contact with and she does use sex as a weapon to manipulate men to get what she wants.
It was hard to ignore the nasty aftertaste of misogyny and this left me uncomfortable.
(3) The dodgy story-telling:
(a) You know that thing you get in Hollywood action movies when the leading character constantly spouts one-liners and sarcastic retorts? Mitch does that a lot. E.g. To Eden and Carter who turn up at his house unexpectedly while he is having a party. "Fine. Come in.. but you can only have two hor d'oeuvres a piece, and keep your mitts off the shrimp puffs. They're for my paying clients.
(b) It contains the sort of prose I'm thinking any editor worth her/his salt would revise (or delete). E.g. This is Mitch's attempt at saving Eden from the judgmental eyes of the party guests after she trips and falls in his pool "Anyone know a good mason? I need to have that patio leveled." Ignoring their muttered replies he strode into the house, wondering what the soggy girl's next trick would be.
(c)You know how teenagers are when they first discover sarcasm? It's constant and annoying but we let them off the hook because it's all a part of growing up. Eden is 23 years old and she still uses juvenile sarcasm. E.g. On receiving a threat from Mitch: How do you respond to a threat like that? Should I send a 'thanks for warning card? A fruit basket? On reading Mitch's note suggesting she wasn't a reader of books: Okay, now that is just offensive. He was messing with her and he thought she was borderline illiterate. "Gee, thanks," she said to the post-it.
All of the above is designed to amuse the reader. But the attempt at humour fails most of the time. An example of it working however is during that pool scene when Eden came out with her clothes clinging to her. Mitch thought She looked like a wet dog. Like a gorgeous wet dog.... But are we laughing with or at?
I found it heavy on titillation and the plot lacking in rigour. Also, it is supposed to be an urban fantasy but there is no evidence to suggest this is the case; the writing should evoke the city it is taking place in, otherwise what's the point of calling it urban?
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