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Not that much of a romance, though the series is moved on in this book.
on 2 July 2011
Book 9 picks up shortly after the mating of Jenna and Brock and the rescue of prisoners from Dragos' compound, and in terms of events in the book (discovery of a trojan horse and plot to infiltrate the Breeds compound, a main male character possibly becoming Rogue, the ID of Dragos being discovered, a mated-Breed birth, visions from Mira), yes the book does move on quite quickly.
However, in terms of a love story, 1) there wasn't much passion in the 2/3 love scenes in the book - and most of them took place whilst the leads were on the run, not having showered or changed clothes for days - major yuck! 2) it happened far too far into the book and without that much visible attraction or interaction, or even dialogue between the pair 3) given Corinne's traumatic and abused past, she succumbed far too quickly to Hunter for it to ring true. The 'romance' felt as if it were scheduled in because each book has a mated pair, not because there truly was a connection between the pair. I mean, she was a survivor of some serious physical trauma and he was a virgin, so for them to be able to come together and bond in roughly the last 10% of the book, wasn't angsty or romantic enough and didn't ring true, and the I LOVE YOU felt 'too much, too soon' for me. IM, the brief glimpse of Lucan and Gabrielle that we got lasted about a page and was far hotter than anything this pair had!
From the glimpses of the potential Rogue male, and from the sneak preview that is included from Darker After Midnight (Jan 2012, details of who the Rogue is is on the author's website, so I am giving nothing away here), his book may well turn out to be pretty good. I am sure that we've met his female in this tale, who happens to be a PA of a potential ally/minion of Dragos, and who has already betrayed the Rogue, so I have pre-ordered that, but I am starting to wonder if this series is now dragging out a little too long to be great, as opposed to only good/ok+, and now Alexandra Ivy and her Guardians of Eternity series have overtaken Lara Adrian for me in terms of vampire paranormal romances.
An ok read, but certainly not a Keeper, IMHO.