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- Publisher: Black Opal Books (25 July 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B011CN2YM0
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It wouldn't have bothered me if the villain used such a derogatory term, but this was the HERO. Then again, this hero's nickname for his supposed true love is "hot thing," which essentially reduced her to a sex toy. And that's the real problem with this book: lots of apparent steam which turns out to be fog upon closer examination. I never fell in love with this cardboard alpha male, since the couple's relationship seemed more like obsessive sex than two soul mates in love.
I adore an author who doesn't slam the bedroom door in my face, but for me, graphic sex isn't hot unless the author first builds a foundation of love to support it. It's not enough to tell me they love each other; the author must show it. But this author hasn't yet grasped the concept of "show, don't tell." During the love scenes, purple prose and bad metaphors abound. "Goose bumps scampered like puppies over her body..." and "Male gasoline jetted into her already flaming body." "Lust...screamed like a banshee at her to be sated." Instead of making me sigh, phrases like "It felt as if someone put their hand down his throat and squeezed his heart" triggered my gag reflex.The writing is an uncomfortable mix of gutter terms and euphemisms such as "eager friend" when referring to Kaid's genitalia. At least Shaw didn't call it his "light saber of passion."
There's a lot of humping in the hallway—which is just as boring as the missionary position when it's repeated over and over—but little tenderness or communication. Shaw doesn't realize failure to communication isn't romantic conflict. The separation of this pair hinges on the heroine refusing to speak to the hero for fourteen years because she's too ignorant to understand how their clan government works. Predictably, when he explains her mistake near the end, her emotional wounds are instantly healed, transforming into unquestioning trust just in time for their HEA.
Shaw's writing is passive, filtered through words like "felt" and "looked," and badly in need of a good revision. "She went to stand to head home." Kaid "started dragging her" to his truck instead of just dragging her. "I'll be up at my one of my three shops" was another phrase that jerked me out of the story while I tried to figure out what the author meant, and these are just a few examples out of far too many gaffs. The heroine's mother and younger sister make a brief, pointless appearance toward the end of the book, and another character is mentioned but never introduced; no doubt sister and unseen friend are future heroines. (Note to author: you don't need to introduce EVERY character in the first book of the series.) A thorough edit would have won the book another star for this review; problems with grammar and capitalization plus the misuse of commas and apostrophes made the story harder to wade through.
Much of the story meandered, alternating between aimless and ridiculous. The book begins with the heroine discovering a body, an opening hook which promises action—but the next third of the book is more filler than meat. One lengthy scene has a large troupe of characters (most of them obviously intended heroes for the rest of the series) struggling through miles of virgin woods in search of the murder site, only to discover it near the victim's home—leaving me wondering why they hadn't simply started the search from his cabin in the first place.
The action picks up toward the end but still feels forced, designed to manipulate the reader's emotions rather than part of a tight, well-crafted plot. Unfortunately, the story was so predictable that my interest waned anyway. Shaw can't seem to decide whether she's writing science fiction or fantasy, oscillating between futuristic and magical without any rational explanation. The tale of how the Eli and the Crea came into existence made no sense, and their 'beasts' were never delineated. Are they sleek panthers and sexy wolves, or slavering capybara and fierce platypuses? Too many writers mistakenly believe fantasy leaves them free to make up whatever they like, but if the premise doesn't work, the story won't hold together—especially when the author makes ridiculous statements about commonplace subjects such as forensics, which could have been avoided with a little research.
Bliss Jacobs is a blatant "Mary Sue," from her porn star/streetwalker name to her perfect, jaw-dropping beauty. At thirty, with no discernible education, she's an independent homeowner with not one but three stores—although she didn't seem to actually work much—and she sings on the side without ever needing to rehearse. Too bad she whines throughout most of the book (Shaw's idea of feisty, apparently), and mentally screams "Noooooo" when something goes wrong, in true comic book fashion. Kaid is the leader of the Clan, but breaks Clan law without a thought, publicly fights with another Clan leader when he knows the media is watching, and behaves more like an obsessed stalker than a man in love. Predictably, he's a womanizer of the worst kind, but only because he can't have the woman he truly lusts after. (Aw, wah!) Their relationship seems based more on borderline domestic violence than childhood friendship.
Throughout most of the book, I couldn't understand why an Australian author would set her story in the USA when she'd clearly never been here and didn't know American terminology: sweaters are "jumpers," gas is "petroleum," and restaurant sugar comes in paper-wrapped cubes instead of packets. There's plenty of open land in Australia, after all, so why not set this story there? Then I realized the villain, an engineered soldier, could only be the result of an evil American 'regime' because Australia would never, ever stoop that low. The whole world knows that, right?
For me, the saddest thing is that this is the kind of book I really WANT to read, with an original futuristic idea that could have become a terrific story if only the writer took a little more time and had a bit more expertise. Originally, I intended to give it three stars and recommend Cassandra Shaw as a new arrival worth watching. After all, this is only her second book so her writing will probably improve. But the ham-fisted style and flat characters, especially "wheelchair man" in all his neutered, waitress-molesting inglorious stereotype, shot down any hopes I had for Shaw. Her cowardly portrayal of the evil American regime was especially insulting, considering Australia's own history of human rights violations. I'd planned on checking out her first book and probably would have read the rest of her Katoom series, but not now.
One last note: if anyone is wondering why my review seems harsh when this book has so many other glowing reviews, just click on the names of the other reviewers to read all their reviews, and make note of the fact that almost all of them appear to give five stars to most (if not all) the books they're reviewed. Then remember Amazon has recently filed suit against thousands fake, paid reviewers, and draw your own conclusions.
> This is the first novel in the Katoom series and ends in an HEA.
>This story combines two new races, one part silver and the other part gold, with pure humans. Just like prejudice that exists today against other races, humans are prejudice against the Eli and the Crea in this story. The love story that surrounds this plot is one of an alpha male and an alpha female. They have been fighting tier attraction for 14 years, but when danger strikes, clan leader, Kaid goes all Alpha male on Bliss.
>The Eli and Crea have specific skill sets, most typically olfactory, so scent is important and hard to hide from. Their triggers to turn into their metals are interesting, as well. It was hard at first to understand exactly how they turned, but after a few chapters, it became easier to imagine.
>There is an unknown predator. The sense of urgency and the unknown really keeps the reader guessing and the story line flies. So much is happening, both in Kaid's and Bliss' relationship, the Crea/Eli feud, the human prejudice and the heartless killer, that the book's action never stops. The love scenes are intense and oh so sexy.
>I am a reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock. This is an awesome romantic, paranormal, suspense story.
>This book is appropriate for an adult audience.
The pacing in this book was really engaging, it slowed down enough in places to explain the world we’re in, but kicked it into high gear when the assassin came into play.
There was a chunk of the book about halfway through where that action and danger seemed to slip from the character’s minds for a little too long, but the tangent into the land of relationship building was still enjoyable. Because, don’t worry, if you’re looking for romance (ie. hot and heavy and emotionally confused sex), this book has plenty of it.
What this book does well is balance out the super hot sexy scenes with some really engaging action/adventure scenes. Kidnapping, desperate escapes through the woods, and danger from the racism still bubbling in the community.
And underneath it all you have that pulse of the romance novel, slowly stitching the fates of the main characters Bliss and Kaid together until the very moving ending.
I literally cried during the last scene because I’m a total sucker for how it played out. But I won’t spoil it for you by explaining why. ;) The ending totally made up for what few shortcomings the story had.
If you’re a younglin or are not looking to get all hot and bothered, you’ll want to skip this book, because it is a MAJOR part of the story. Sometimes those moments took a little too much of the danger out of your mind, but… If you are looking for a book with some serious sizzle in a sci-fi suspense package, I think you’ll really enjoy reading this.