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The characters are hardly defined, most of the time I didn't know who was talking (the point of view changes for no discernible reason). Several characters have no necessary function at all which leads to problems with the plot. One example of character problem: the hero has the hots for the main characters friend and tries it on with her first and then switches to her. I mean really.
Not sure who published this but they need a new editor. The number of content and language errors where beyond annoying. And the language was terrible in places. Here some examples:
Greystone was as unruly as his hairstyle.
She whipped a frown on him as her stomach lurched.
The mettle whooshed from Liliy's bones.
"That's straight from a grim fairly tale, ....." (yep, its grim)
The universe had sent demons after her for no good reason whatsoever.
The intimate joining pulsed hot sensations through her veins, thickening her blood and melting her at the corners. (which ones would that be?)
The final showdown is as exciting as a tepid bath and the hero himself comments on proceedings: "that was impressively unspectacular." I agree.
The list of problems and mistakes is endless and I believe that if an author is asking me to spend some of my precious time on something they have written it is their responsibility to make it the best book they can. I don't think that is what happened here.
My conclusion: Save your time (and money) for other books and don't bother with this series.
The story zips along at a fast pace, twisting and turning as the lively characters struggle with demons, both internal and external.
Lady Lily d'Bulier and Greyston Adair, both products of a scientific experiment by the rich, brilliant and powerful McAllister clan, are brought together in a fight for survival against the demonic Lady Ostrich. Lily's best friend Evelyn, wildly independent and fiesty with it, joins them on their journey of discovery as an act of outright defiance against her autocratic husband, Devon, Duke of Harchings.
Not only do Lily and Greyston discover dark secrets that threaten their lives and the very world they live in, they also need to discover the hidden aspects of themselves. When her search for a husband turns into a search for demons, prim and proper Lily must learn to overcome her social training and her fears, while the dashing Lord Greyston Adair must learn that loving people doesn't always mean their death and that he's not responsible for every bad thing that happens.
There's sufficient world-building to create a vivid and vibrant setting, and the action is fast and furious, but it's the relationship between the complex characters which drives this well-written story. While Evelyn and Devon's heated romance adds an interesting layer, the mysterious connection between Grey and Lily builds into something more.
In addition to high-quality formatting and presentation, the writing is superb - a well-balanced mix of light-hearted banter, emotional intensity and imaginative adventure. However, I prefer less ambivalence in the romantic intentions of a hero. I also prefer stories that end within one book, as I find it frustrating having to wait to find out what happens next.
Although this novel is a stand-alone story, there's scope for a whole series of exciting adventures to come for Lily and Greyston. Is the Duke of Harchings all that he seems? Just who is Kelan McAllister? How will the war between demons and humans end? And where will Lily and Greyston's relationship go in the future? I, for one, can't wait to find out.
The richly drawn characters are so alive that you connect with them from the start "leaving her friend no option but to join in the retreat to a suitable niche between a pot plant and a mummy. “Whom are we hiding from?” “We’re not hiding, we’re blending.”" From this first impression of Lady Lily dragging Lady Evelyn into blending you are caught up in the action as along with Lord Adair, Grey to his friends, Neco and Ana a couple of very special celludrones, William a carriage driver and of course an automaton puppy you are dragged from London to Scotland on an adventure that will open your eyes to what is really around you. So grab your goggles and buckets of seawater and come and battle demons in the first book of this wonderful series.
I received a free copy for an honest review.
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