My Rating: ★★★
"'You smell like apples...'
'...And you taste like the best kind of sin.'”
I started this novella before reading Devoured; and, while I wasn’t blown away by the story or the characters, I was intrigued and the ending did have me curious. Since this was a lead in for the main story and takes place two years before book one, I thought it was worthy of three stars. It gave me high hopes that Devoured would be much better than the novella with the revealing of all the secrets and the character growth that the male MC clearly needed.
My Rating: ★★1/2
“'What you did hurt, Lucas. You wanted me to submit to you
just so you could tell me to screw off.' I whisper harshly.
'And now you want me.'”
Unfortunately… the novella was better than book one for me. I definitely had some issues with the errors that were present in my ecopy, but that was nothing compared to the issues I had with Lucas. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve read a lot of angsty books with the proverbial bad boy, the chip on his shoulder, and his inflated ego. All of those characters had these things in common, though: a tragic secret that led them to put on this protective air and the fact that they turned out to be really sweet and loving guys. Lucas didn’t get the memo – especially on that last part. The guy was just mean. Other than a pretty face and the fact that he could sing, he didn’t seem to have any other winning qualities. I’m not sure why Sienna was so into him... and vice versa. Because she was shy and simpering? Ick. I can’t get on board with that kind of female MC. I was extremely disappointed with the abrupt ending and the fact that the big secret was never told. No, we are supposed to wait for the third book to fill us in on the juicy details. Well, I’m sorry. My patience has worn thin, and I’ve lost interest. I won’t be reading the third.
The worst part is that, when I went to write this review, I had to get the book and look up the characters’ names. Very bad sign. If I forget the names and most of the story as soon as I shut the book, then it was not a good read for me. Steamy scenes? Yes. An ‘indecent proposal’-type plot? Yes. Worthy of fictional boyfriend list and gushy phone calls to my reader friends? Unh-unh. Most definitely not.
I do want to stress that, while this series has been a miss for me, it appears to be a hit with a lot of readers. I just couldn’t get past Lucas’s being such a douche-bag. If you’re seeking a broken, bad boy who is desperately in need of being saved by a woman’s love and who only has temporary moments of douche-baggery but a heart that makes up for it, try: