Written in Red by Anne Bishop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Imagine a world where humans are ruled under the thumb of Others, terra indigine. These beasts hate humans and will kill them for the slightest annoyance. Simon, a wolf shifter, is the first to have a compound that includes working and interacting with a minimal amount of humans. Insert Meg, a woman with a secret background who comes begging for a job, frozen to death. It is clear Meg is not like other humans, yet she is just that, human. What is her past and can she bridge the gap just a little between humans and beasts?
Meg is such a refreshing character. She truely has the mind of an innocent child seeing the world for the first time, with the all the responsibilities that come with being an adult. And let me say, she is a judgy adult for one who has not been out in the world for all too long.
The book has multiple POVS. Some more fun than others. Asia, a minx of a character is fun and has delusions of grandeur. She has no guilt and definitely no healthy dose of fear that any reasonable human should have. Then there is Lieutenant Monty who is just trying to keep the peace between The Others and humans. He's kind of boring, albeit important.
Simon is fun, but admittedly, it was hard getting into his mind as this creature who is wolf first, human-like second. That definitely threw me off as he is a main character and DEFINITELY WILL BE (or so I hope) the love interest for Meg.
Overall, a good slow burn read, recommened for a whimsical mood for those who enjoy some dark humor. And puppies.
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Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received a free e-book copy in exchange for an honest review.
Amelia has lived a lonely and sheltered life. Her father can't stand to be in a room with her for more than a couple minutes, her brother left her when she was ten, and her mother died when she was ten. Amelia is also a part of a wiped out immortal race called the elders. One catch, no one knows anything about them and she is the last one left. Also her father set up her betrothal to the evil Prince of Immortals. When she moves to Brighton to live near her brother and attend community college, her powers start to get stronger. Will she be able to run away from the boy she loves, Aiden, and her trusty southern bell of a best friend Bethany and her dashing boyfriend Micah?
This book was a solid 3 stars. I would have liked to rate it higher if not for the terrible insta-love that had me gagging at every turn. Amelia and Aiden love each other with a passion that essentially comes out of no where. No build up, no reason, they just fall for each other so very fast it almost gave me whiplash.
Honestly, my favorite character in this book was definitely Micah. He kind, patient, and filled the role of the mysterious background helper. Not to say he doesn't have skeletons in his own closet. Damn, I wish he was with Amelia instead of Bethany, because Aiden just annoys me.