Saint by A. Zavarelli

6735f79dd0e929d0661a385a678328bfRating: 4 stars

Series: Boston Underworld #4

I didn’t want to put this one down. I even skipped out on eating lunch the day I got it because I preferred to spend every second possible reading it. Scarlett was hellbent on getting revenge, but things weren’t going as planned. Someone she despised put a major kink in her plans. Sometimes I didn’t know how to feel about Scarlett. I was completely on board with her revenge plan because those bastards deserved it. Her plans for Rory kinda made me hate her at times. OK maybe not hate but really strongly dislike. So for a while I’d like her. Then I’d get mad at her. It kept going back and forth like that.

I adore Rory. He’s a badass sweetheart. Most mafia men are not nearly as nice as he is. He really stands out from the crowd. That’s why Scarlett’s attitude towards him pissed me off. It was so easy to see he wasn’t like the other men in her life. It was totally in his character to not give up on Scarlett. He was well aware she could be his destruction, but all he cared about was helping her.

This was my second favorite book in the series. Crow is still my favorite. It was angsty at times, but not enough that it got on my nerves. The chemistry between Rory and Scarlett was good. I’m curious to know more about Storm. I expect she’ll get her own book eventually.

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Burn by Suzanne Wright

25828477Rating: 3 stars

Series: Dark in You #1

I had high expectations for this based on all of the amazing reviews and was left feeling disappointed. It wasn’t bad, but it was just another PNR novel. In this world, each demon has one demon who is their anchor. It’s not a sexual thing but is a close bond between them. They don’t chose their anchors; when they find them, they instinctively know. Anchors make it easier for the demons to control their demons once they bond.

Since the characters were demons, they exuded sexuality, but the intense insta lust was irritating. Knowing Knox and Harper were anchors only increased the desire or so it seemed. It didn’t take long before Knox started throwing around the phrase she’s mine often although he was one of those men who didn’t do serious relationships. Neither Knox nor Harper seemed like the types to instantly be drawn to someone else.

Knox Thorn was was too alpha male for me. He wasn’t a jerk or anything but was selfish and demanding. I didn’t think he respected Harper’s wishes since he was always trying to force her to do what he wanted to do. He really pissed me off when they had sex since he only allowed her to come on demand. I wanted to smack him every time he called her a good girl. He did everything possible to pry information from Harper about her life, but refused to reciprocate when she wanted to know something about him.

I had an issue with Harper. Considering she was supposedly strong willed and independent, she easily gave into Knox’s demands. Because of her past Harper had trust issues, but she seemed to trust Knox easily enough. Knox was drawn to her because she was brave and didn’t back down. A lot of her actions in regards to how she treated Knox contradicted the descriptions of her. She didn’t want to bond with him or even get to know him, but whenever he’d show up, she’d go where ever he dragged her without much complaint. Knox didn’t have to try hard to convince her to do anything. In many ways she was submissive to him, and someone as prickly as her should have been more combative.

All Darling Children by Katrina Monroe

51aeqrqibilRating: 2.5 stars

Defining the genre for this was difficult. There was a YA vibe to it, but it was interspersed with moments of sex, violence, and swears. The sex and violence was glossed over, so it wasn’t graphic. It was dark enough that it kind of like horror, but OTOH it wasn’t gory or terrifying in any way. So dark fantasy may define it better than horror, but at the same time the dark parts were only mild. It was fantasy for sure but all other labels are debatable.

The beginning was interesting. Wendy Darling turned into a bitter bitch in her old age and treated her granddaughter who she took care of like shit. Wendy was heartless enough that I didn’t really care how she became the way she was. It doesn’t matter how unfair life has been because it doesn’t give someone the right to treat someone else like crap for things that are out of their control. The more I learned about Wendy the less I liked her.

Wendy’s granddaughter Madge (I hate that name) was the MC. I liked her at first. Life wasn’t easy for her with a drunk uncle and cruel grandmother. Her character lacked depth. Some screwed up things happened but strong emotional reactions weren’t there. Peter Pan was a psycho. It was clear from the start that he was selfish and cruel. I didn’t give a shit about him. He wasn’t intriguing at all.

All of the characters were so one dimensional. Some of the world building was interesting. I never read the original Peter Pan, so IDK how much the world building deviated from it. It was obvious Pan needed to be taken down since he was a murderous bastard, but the ending was anticlimactic. I wish more details had been included about what happened to some of the Darlings. It doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things but why was Madge’s last name Darling? Her mom never married, but her name wouldn’t have been Darling either since Wendy had been married. Chances are her husband didn’t have the name Darling as well. Back them women didn’t keep their last names. I did get bored about half way through. I don’t regret reading it, but chances are I’ll barely remember this a month from now.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Operator by Kim Harrison

31572148Rating: 2 stars

Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #2

I tried to like this. Kim Harrison wrote one of the best UF series ever, so I had to give this series a chance. The Drafter was okay. I was hoping this would be better. It was more disappointing. It felt aimless and repetitive. It’s amazing that a book with lots of action can be so boring. Halfway through I realized I just don’t care about anything. The plot, the characters, none of it interests me.

Peri Reed is a character who is hard to relate to. Her mind has been so damaged from drafting that she has no idea what has happened to her. She doesn’t even know what she likes or what responses of hers are genuine or manufactured by her anchors. It’s hard to root for her. She’s not a bad person, but she’s done enough bad things that she’s not good either. Her desire to be her own person is admirable but constant self doubt makes her convictions less convincing. The biggest problem with Peri is that she’s a tool. She didn’t let others manipulate her as easily as she did in The Drafter, but when backed into a corner (which happens a lot) she reacts exactly how the enemy expects her to. She tends to be impulsive and gets stuck in one bad situation after another. The worst part is most of the time she is completely aware the situation is bad and walks right into it anyway.

Silas is the only character I like and the only one who isn’t heartless. Most of the other side characters are self serving and bad. There are no fascinating shades of gray to their personalities. Silas’s page time was minimal although his relationship with Peri was stronger. Peri’s relationship with Jack is aggravating. The way she feels about him reminds me of a woman in an abusive relationship because he’s done awful things to her and she tries to justify his actions since she still cares about him.

I won’t be reading anymore books in this series. There was some character development, but Peri’s situation didn’t change much from the beginning of the book. These books are too long to get through when the plot barely advances.

Thanks to Netgalley for giving me this in exchange for an honest review.