This might be a first… I’m struggling with my review for this book. I liked it, I did. But there are some things about it specifically that I didn’t like.
First of all, this book is 549 pages and I felt every. single. one. of. them. Now, I say that, but I’m not sure where it could be edited down either. (wait.. I know one – their trip to London and running into her ex… all that stuff…)
I mean I get why the whole thing happened… to get to the climax of the return trip but still…
The book starts with a bang – Violet Lee stumbles into something that will change her life forever one night. It had to be fate … right? She just happens to be in the square where Kaspar and his fellow vampires tear and mutilate 30 people, but he spares her life. Instead they take her with them to their estate and give her the choice to turn into a vampire or die.
The book itself spans several months time and SO MUCH STUFF happens. I don’t even know where to start!! I have to say most of it was predictable and at 18% I had quite a bit of it figured out already.
I struggled to connect with these characters until the very end.
Kaspar – he’s ‘THE’ guy of this series. He’s the prince… he’ll inherit the throne when his father passes it down. Oh.. and he’s a total asshole in the first 2/3 of the book. He treats Violet like crap, is a manwhore (vampwhore? idk)and I wasn’t sure what the hell to think. I didn’t even find myself liking him all that much until the final chapters.
Violet at one point gets the chance to choose between him and Fabian… and she chooses the guy who’s been a total dick to her.
Insert giant sized sigh here because there is no believable reason why she does it. She passes on the guy who’s been sweet and lovely and has this incredible connection with to pick the guy who sleeps with anything with girl parts and doesn’t give two shits about her.
I also struggled with Violet. I never really connected with her. While she was feisty and smart (mostly) I kind of felt she was a bit wishy washy and not very interesting. Don’t get me wrong, there were times that I liked her, and for sure by the end of the book there was definite growth to her.
So I think at the half way point of this story is when things start to pick up a bit. You get more information that starts pulling things together. I was happy with the end, even if like I said, it was incredibly predictable.
The writing is pretty good, the story itself is interesting and in the end I did like Kaspar. He grew on me I suppose. While the cover exclaims that this is “the sexiest romance you’ll read this year”, I’m not sure I’d concur. The characters at times confused me and certainly didn’t keep me hooked into the story and there was very little in here that I found sexy.
I’ll definitely be checking out the second in this series, I’m just hoping it’s not as long and drawn out as this one was, and that I can connect a bit more with the characters.
If you like Vampires, paranormal and a bit of romance this might be a new series for you to give a read!