Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Book Series: N/A
Released: 5/1/18 by Harlequin Nocturne
Pages: 304 Price: $4.99 e-book
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.
…bound by a kiss
When his spirit is separated from his body, werewolf Zane Wilder is invisible to everyone—except Vivianne Marchetta. A vampire who has good reason to loathe all lycans, Vivianne is eager to be rid of her shifter shadow. But the spell that should sever the connection between this mismatched pair only deepens their bond. Can they trust each other enough to survive this transformation, or will it destroy them both?
I have a confession. I’ve never read a Harlequin romance before. Ever. There is a certain undeserving stigma that comes with the brand that sells millions of popular books each year in the romance genre. Romance, in general, tends to get looked down upon as “trashy” but publishers like Harlequin seem to catch the brunt of the prejudice. I, like many of you, grew up with mothers and grandmothers devouring these books by the shelf full and in high school, I had friends that would raid those very shelves for reading material during study hall. I simply never picked one up to read myself before now. When I spotted this interesting title available for review I decided to rectify that immediately!
I wasn’t expecting a bad story after all a company does not stay in business 69 years by publishing books that people don’t want to read. I was expecting a stand-alone paranormal romance and I don’t think that was the case. After exploring other titles by this author I have a feeling that this title is part of a series and I was jumping in on the action mid-plot a bit. I wasn’t lost but it would have been nice to read the other stories first. That is my biggest complaint about the book.
It was a fun read, though, I like the tough heroine and the enemies becoming lovers plotline worked for me. The steam level of the story was just right, enough to keep it interesting but the plot wasn’t simply a series of setups to get these two in bed. Plenty of action as well along with quite a suspenseful scene near the end of the book where both the hero and heroine got to shine and become united as one.
This is perhaps why I enjoy romance books the most. I know when I pick one up what to expect. I know I’m going to get a funny or thrilling or suspenseful or mysterious plot where two people come together and overcome their circumstances to build a future together. I want that happy ending, especially in the world where reality fails to deliver constantly. This title delivered on all those points but I really wish I had read its predecessors first. I would have been more invested in the characters and action. Still, it was a good story and I’m glad I tried it!
My Rating: 3 Stars