This book definitely borders on erotica - which I am not about to complain about! I liked the premise of the story, but I felt like the author was doing it serious disservice by focusing on the sex when the plot itself promises so much interest.
I will eagerly read the follow-up stories, but I do hope the author fills them in a little better with plot to go WITH the hot sex.
I thoroughly enjoyed Malakh and read it through in a single afternoon. Unlike others, I didn't really "feel" the adventure and mystery of the story. For me, it was more a tale of love lost, regret and emotional survival. Like the world fell away when Russ took Suzanne through his own realm, so the murder mystery fell away as Suzanne's story played out. In the end, I wished Suzanne would remember her journey from the depths of pain and loss through to moving on and living again.
In Leah's Wake was an excellent story, and far more realistic than some might believe. Having been a teenager spiralling out of control myself, and now a parent of my own teenager, I was able to relate to characters on both sides of the story. Nobody seems to ever understand how a "good kid" from a "good family" can have the kind of feelings that lead to self-destruct - the author really captures the complexity behind it all.
My only issues with the book had to do with editing and writing style. I actually had a hard time getting into the book a bit due to periods of conversation that happened outside of quotation marks. Early in the book it was extremely distracting, as I would end up having to re-read a paragraph for context and orientation. If it weren't for this, I would give a 5 star rating!