Sour Apple martini, sweet with just a tad of sour entertainment! 3.8 stars
About the book
It’s been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother’s best friend shows up unexpectedly – a man she hasn’t seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry.
Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he’s a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit. Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He’s lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi’s family. It’s time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?
If you are not sure whether you like paranormal romance or not, this is the perfect book to try. The fantasy aspects are very mellow. It’s more like a contemporary romance with some paranormal elements. Not sure if the series will get more “fantastic” but so far it seems pretty “earthy”.
I should actually send a thank you card to Dannika. I roll my eyes A LOT at romance books, especially paranormal romance [PNR] and someone should kick my ungrateful reader butt. EVERY TIME I fall into a reading slump, who saves me? A paranormal romance author! After reading this book I was almost over my most recent and serious episode. Whooohoooo!
Still I ALWAYS resist PNR. SMH!
I wasn’t sure about reading this book because I’ve tried Dannika’s books before and they were all DNFs because Dannika tends to tell too much to develop the characters. Too many and too long backstories to give the characters dimension that could be accomplished just with some action.
However I did enjoy the book!
First… The cover. I usually don’t like romance shirtless guys covers but for some reason I did like this one very much. I think is the colors (is there anything better than navy blue and black? NOPE). And the tribal tattoo. And maybe because it’s a profile so you cannot see a lot of the shirtless guy? 🙂
Second… Kudos to Nicole Pool, [the narrator]! Nicole made a HUGE difference. This may have been a DNF if it hadn’t been for her. Nicole IS FANTASTIC and can probably make me listen to ANY paranormal romance audio book. I LOVE the way she makes the different characters voices, accents and drawl. So I think I’m going to make that a rule: PNR = audio book = Nicole Pool.
Third… Despite the overdoses of backstories, Dannika can write. No doubt. It is very easy to read her books. Her storytelling is spiced just with the right amount of wit and humor. So I smiled a lot reading it.
AND even though I like dark fantasy, I LIKE BOOKS THAT MAKE ME SMILE. 🙂
Weird. I know. 🙂
Fourth… I liked that the male characters were less “hard core” [AKA controlling jerks] than the norm of this genre, especially the main character. No controlling billionaires in this book. PHEW.
The female characters … Hummm… still too much of damsels in distress for my taste. I guess I should just accept it’s the nature of beast with this genre. I liked that Dannika’s female characters are less financially dependent but I would have liked that the means by which the support themselves were not just because good luck but because their own accomplishments.
If you like well described settings and characters and witty humorous dialogue and situations you’ll enjoy this book! Also if you like old flames, second chances like It Ends with Us, or if you like “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” type of stories like the Dark Protectors series by Rebecca Zanetti or the series Lords of the Underworld, by by Gena Showalter [I liked them both!] you may like this story arc.
I did continue the series and kinda like book 2 so I will continue with book 3. I will also try again other books by Dannika that were DNF for me.
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