On the advice of my business advisor, who also happens to be my charming husband, I've changed my book review title again.
I devoured three books in less than a week. Two of them were great and one should win an awful book award.
1) I'm the type of person that just rips off the Band-Aid without thinking first, so we'll get the painful one out of the way. Then we can all enjoy ourselves. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur beckoned, full of promise. The main character is a vampire/wolf hybrid -- a refreshing idea in a supernatural world overpopulated by horny, love struck vamps and lusty werewolves, but this supe fell short for me. Riley Jenson started out beloved in my eyes and by the end of the book, I wanted to smack her in the face. There were so many problems with this plot, which appeared a good one -- someone creating their own supernatural creatures in a laboratory. Let me count the ways I loathed this book. One -- she's supposedly a smart detective, but for two years she slept with one of the were characters and somehow missed he was wearing a necklace that shielded his thoughts all the time, until the very end of the book. Two -- the author chose to have Riley Jenson raped by one of her former lovers; instead of being disgusted and afraid, which would be a NORMAL reaction, Keri Arthur decided Riley would enjoy the sex. She had an orgasm with her attacker and then, instead of having emotional issues and feeling violated, Riley still lusts after the one man she wants to have a relationship and cannot. She even has sex shortly after being raped and enjoys it. This is NOT natural. Three -- What kind of role model is Riley for young women? Most of her sexual encounters in the book make her out to be at the mercy of a virile, stronger male. She's even raped while wearing handcuffs, for Satan's sake! Why are most of the sex scenes misogynistic in this book? And four -- I got really tired of constantly being banged over the head with the fact that Riley's main love interest in the book did NOT want a relationship. I got it! I didn't need to read it umpteen zillion times.
As always, happy writing and happy reading to all!