The world this book is set in is wildly implausible as a world that was ever ours, and as an alternate world, it is too roughly sketched to support the drama of the romance. The right bones for a fantasy story are here the real-world concerns – fears about facing rejection from one’s parents, pressure to behave in certain ways, and worry that your love life won’t turn out the way you hope – and the fantasy setting that removes us from the pain of encountering these situations in the real world making them safe to deal with; but the story doesn’t quite have enough flesh to it to deliver. A greater richness of detail would really make this story.
The paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre suffers from a severe lack of the male perspective – which makes this book so refreshing. Not only that but the book targets the richest most satisfying theme in the genre: ‘what makes a monster, and what makes a man?’
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, and I would grab a sequel without hesitation.
Does being turned on by this stuff mean that I'm seriously disturbed?
It might be interesting as a back story to a character that I'm already in love with, but as a teaser to get me interested in a series this just didn't work for me.