Review: Devoured by Emily Snow

Lately, I’ve been venturing off the beaten path and my comfort zone in an effort to understand new reader trends. This book has erotica elements and is all about the bad-boy rock-star hero who wants what he wants when he wants it–a very popular theme lately.

However, the fact that I downloaded and read this particular book proves that a good cover can take a book a long way. But I would have easily given it only one star if the tension of the first half hadn’t gripped me.

Apart from that, Lukas is your typical rock-star jackass with a big ‘no biggie’ attitude. There is absolutely no character development for him, and he ends up coming off as weak toward the end.

Sienna is the average doormat, but her background story justifies her attitude, plus she’s not such a pushover when it comes to Lucas, so there is some substance in this character.

The heat factor that is much praised by other reviewers follows an annoying (to me) pattern: build-up through promises, of the I wanna do this and this to you type, but falls short when the Hero actually gets a chance to live up to the readers’ pumped up  expectations. Hot, explicit foreplay, glossed-over sex: is that a trend?

The prose is weak and clunky. The dialogues are limited to expletives and rarely express true emotion, and the overall plot is really non-existent. The reason the H/h separate is pretty lame and forced. However, the ending is super sweet and compensates in some way.

(And, seriously, if someone “bobbed their head” one more time,  I would self-combust!)

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Kinked (Elder Races 6) 5/5

KinkedI devoured Kinked although I never liked Aryal in the previous books, and I wasn’t sure what kind of hero could tame such a, well, harpy. Enter Quentin…

Review Breakdown

Aryal: 5/5 She’s Aryal through and through. If you’ve read previous books and hoped that she’ll somehow turn into a pushover, she doesn’t. Her character develops emotionally as she gets to meet her mate, but she’s still dominant, unyielding … a total badass! Got to hand it to her. She’s original Alpha female.

Quentin: 5/5 – You can easily fall for Quentin. He’s simply perfect. Although he starts out by showing a Dom side, being with Aryal forces him to play it down and even try out a little role reversal. Still, he has inherent class, and knows how to say the right thing in the right moment. He’s equally sexy as a bar owner and setting up camp in the wilderness, he’s got a feline’s graceful move and he purrrs! My only problem: I couldn’t picture him as a blond guy. A blond black-panther Shifter?! Not so much.

Plot: 4/5 – For the most part, it felt in the way of Aryal and Quentin’s relationship. It gets better toward the end and helps Aryal show more facets of her character.

Prose: 5/5 – I love how Thea Harrison writes. It’s never tiring, with interesting turns of phrase, a healthy sense of humor and strong dialogues.

Heat: 4/5 – The sexual tension is scorching and the H/h’s brief role reversal in the beginning makes the reader wildly anticipating when they’ll carry out their bargain properly, but the plot gets in the way and we never see that. With all the Dom talk that goes on in the first part of the book, maybe I expected more intense get-togethers (and that being not me, says a lot).

Best quote:

He told her telepathically, I want to put a collar on you.

Her answer was a telepathic snarl. Dream on, mother*****.

FINALLY! I’ve dreamed of such a comeback ever since I read 50 Shades…