This book is 390 pages long and 216 of them are the Christine Feehan story. I realise that there are a lot of deep Feehan fans but I find the stories disturbing, full of consent issues and undermining of strong women. I admit that I read many books where consent and agency are problematic but Feehan seems to push many of my buttons and make me quite cranky.
Some authors pull you past issues and allow you to keep reading but I just can't with Feehan, my internal editor rears her head and spends the entire story pointing at things that irritate rather than going with the story. She often creates characters that I like initially and then they fall in love and seem to be undermined and turn from strong to weak and stop being the people I liked. Which is probably most of what I dislike about Laurel K Hamilton. There's also an amount of "this is what women are really like" subtext that rubs me up the wrong way.
Blaze is about to take on the men who killed her father and rings the number on a card to tell the person on the other side what's about to go down and instead he comes to her to try to persuade her to live, and that she's his mate and then he fails in woo and adulting. Sorry, I tried, it just annoyed me so much every time they talked.
Dead by Twilight by Maggie Shayne starts with some minor slut shaming and then continues into a detective novel with a vampire who has found ways of hiding in the police force and using her night-time skills well and who realises that there is a place and maybe a partner. I found this a much better story with a lot more agency for everyone.
Cimarron Spirit by Lori Herter did show some inexperience but as a story of an old vampire and an archaeologist trying to choose between safe and dangerous men. It was a good glimpse of possible better stories.
Hotter than Hell and eager for sin...
Mallory is having a bad year, even for a succubus. Her adorable dog has transformed into the Devil himself, and she can't catch a date without someone dropping dead in her wake. Now a hot shifter detective is on Mallory's trail, and things are about to get dicey. Even a trip for a cut and curl can't ease her spirits. After Mallory rescues a dog in distress, her luck might finally be turning around. Sometimes the one you save saves you right back, and maybe that sexy investigator will turn out to be exactly what she needs as well. But someone from Mallory's past has a score to settle, and her hot new boyfriend may just end up on the menu.
All that glitters could be murderous...
Detective Bryce Richardson is a werewolf on a mission. A murderer is stalking the city streets, and all signs point to one very gorgeous lady with a string of one-night stands and a growing pile of bodies. Watching her with her blind rescue dog tugs on his heartstrings, and he finds himself falling for his chief suspect, hook, line, and sinker. A true mate is hard to find and when his animal speaks, he's learned to listen. But can Bryce keep his head long enough to solve the murders, or will he be next in the killer's sights?
I just had a fantastic visit to an intense world full of zany, vivid characters and great world building.
This is my first book by Erzabet Bishop and I am wondering how I have managed to miss her books, luckily that oversight can be fixed and I can’t wait to get started especially on the first book in the Demons in Darkness series. The second book Mallory’s Mark really grabbed my attention and held on tight throughout the book with a story full of zest, chuckles, romance, and thrills. The world is well put together and has unique traits that make it stand out from others, some of them fun as well as intriguing.
Mallory and Bryce make for a great couple with lots of red hot chemistry and their romance is full of spice and sweetness as well as ups and downs which keeps readers focused on the couple throughout the book. The readers can empathize with both characters and if they are anything like me, fall in love with all the characters and be intrigued enough to want to know them all. The suspense builds throughout the story keeping readers turning the pages with lots of twists and turns that keep readers guessing.
As this is the second book in the series and I have not read the first, I want to let you know that I had no trouble falling into the story and becoming fascinated with the world. Erzabet Bishop’s books have now been added to my TBR pile and I am certainly looking forward to more books in this captivating series.
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Well Christine left me with a lot of bad taste in my mouth but Maggie and Lori made up for it. Apart from the minor slut-shaming at the beginning of the story the Maggie Shayne was much better than the Feehan story, Lori Herter's story was good but showed some beginner issues.
Must expand on this tomorrow, right now I need to go home.