The hot cover and intriguing blurb for Edge of Obsession captured my attention as soon as it came up for review. A new dystopian world with alpha men and scorching passion? Yes, please. Unfortunately, I could only get through to the 40% mark.
Blurb from Goodreads:
Tyr, a powerful man in a destroyed world, needs only three things to survive: his weapons, basic resources and a rotation of women to serve his voracious sexual needs. But when a beautiful prisoner grabs his attention during a mission to restock his clan’s supplies, Tyr’s alpha instincts give way to something much darker–strong, unquenchable lust that cannot be ignored…or denied.
After two years on the run, Helena is snared by this dominant group of men who roam the land unchallenged. Strong to her core and with a mission of her own, Helena knows she doesn’t have to be their captive for long. But despite all the terrible things she’s heard about these brutal beasts, Helena is overcome by intense desire for the ruthless man who has taken her. As their scorching passion escalates, Helena will have to trust in Tyr in order to save both what’s left of this desolate, torn-up world…and herself.
First let me say, I found the world-building and premise of this book quite interesting. While it is clearly a dystopian world, which I assume was created by some kind of weather related event that flooded the globe and changed the landscape, it reminded me of a Viking historical romance.
The first chapter opens with a band of brothers called raiders who’ve traveled across the water to another settlement collecting goods, captives and looking for another raider named Krajic. What they encounter instead is a sniveling group of men who offer them no resistance and a few women who are submissive to them. Only Helena has any kind of fire in her spirit and in fact backtalks the leader of the group, Tyr. So he makes her his captive and takes her with him back to the raider’s ship. After a night of revelry and group sex, they head back to their homeland, taking Helena and a few other captives with them.
Helena is on the run from Krajic, who killed her parents and is after a tablet that she has in her possession. She is on a mission to find the remaining power grids across the world to turn the electricity back on. I also think there was something about the internet, but to be completely honest I quit before I could find out how she was going to do all this from a handheld tablet that she’s been carrying around with her for two years.
My frustrations with this book started with Tyr and his “I am man, bow down to me” attitude. I absolutely hated being in his head. I hated him. Haaaattteeedddd. Which is a problem when half the book is told in his POV. He basically sees Helena, forces her back to the beach where his ship is located, let’s her know repeatedly that he’s going to stick his dick in her because she’s convenient and that’s the kind of dude that he is and struts around like a badass. I read a lot of dystopian, I also read a few MC series and most of them have tough, hard talking, alpha males, but I didn’t get that vibe from Tyr. He just came across as an asshole. As soon as she claps eyes on him, Helena is all wet, with poking nipples and throbbing loins and I did not get it at all. Not so much instalove, but definitely instalust and I’m over here like “whaaaaa?”. The guy is a total dick to her and she’s throbbing.
The other thing that drove me batty, was all the internal monologuing. I made it to right about 40% and most of that was spent inside the heads of our main protagonists. Either they were thinking of what had happened in the world, or what had happened in their lives, or what they thought of other people. They thought about their lust for each other. They thought about who had screwed them over in their past. They thought about everything. Pages and pages of it, and at some point I started to skip ahead. When there was dialogue it was limited to Tyr taunting Helena with sex acts and Helena trying to be tough and then doing what he wanted anyway because her body was obviously wanting all those sex acts.
At about 40% I decided this book was not for me. I’m sure there will be lots of readers who will adore Helena and Tyr’s HEA and quickly become fans of this series, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Final Grade- DNF
Edge of Obsession by Megan Crane
January 5th 2016 by Swerve
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