(I received an ARC of the novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.)
First, let me get this out: I have never read a erotica/romance novel in my life, and this was my first dose of it. To be honest, the only time I’ve ever encountered a romance novel was in 11th grade, when one of my classmates read a passage out loud, and we giggled like the school girls we actually were.
Anyways, I am glad that this was my introduction to the genre.
If there was one thing that I found consistently appealing about this novel is that it doesn’t take it too seriously. Obviously, it is serious, with a plot full of importance, and life-death scenarios, but it was also hilarious. Especially the dialogue. When I was first introduced to Cain through his interaction with the super-serious Jarrid, I knew I wanted more. Which brings me to the second thing I love: the Order. Now, I am a fan of anything that has gorgeous men in it, but these guys, as amazingly awesome and beautiful they all are, weren’t just that. They weren’t cardboard cutouts that had no depth. Every single of them was a unique piece of the ensemble that I wanted to know more about. I swear, every time Tanis was coming on and recalling some things, I was waiting for more intel about all of them. If there is one thing I want to happen in the rest of the series is that I want to know more about all the brothers. Especially Cain. I really, really like Cain.
Final thing that I liked, and I thought was really important about this novel was Ionie. As someone who consumes popular culture like the air she breathes, I am well aware of the lack of female characters in, well, everything really. At least, female characters that are well-written, smart, and non-stereotypical. Ionie, I am happy to note, is a strong, female character that didn’t leave me shaking my head in dismay. I like Ionie, which was a nice feeling, definitely, and I loved her spunk and her wit. She was smart without being annoying, and strong without being flawless. She was human, and she was great. I want to know more about her adventures with the Order. (Well, half-human, but you get what I mean!)
Overall, once I finally had the chance to sit down and read this book, I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I liked everyone, and I want to know more about everyone. Like Cain. As I said, I really like him. And Mason! I like Mason, too.
I’m definitely looking forward for more.
(Cross-posted at: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/539081308)