I was excited to read this book after I read the back cover summary. Ever since reading Julie Garwood as a teenager I have had a love affair with Highlanders. I also like paranormal romances so combining the two seemed like a win-win for me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.
There was a line on the back cover summary, “Could this woman be his true mate?” that I thought was just an expression. Wrong! I guess I should have paid more attention to the italics because this book was a ‘fated mate’ story. I am not a fan of those, and this book just validated why exactly they tend to irritate me.
There was absolutely no connection set up to convince me that the heroine and hero had anything in common (other than being shifters) with each other than the fact they were “true mates.” Apparently true mates have this smell compulsion thing going on that makes them want to get it on with their mate as soon as possible. Mere hours after Barr rescues Sabrine they are having sex. This happens by page 80 and seems odd considering the fact that she’s recovering from an arrow wound and everyone believes she has some kind of head injury causing memory loss. Midway through the second day Sabrine thinks:
“In point of fact, she was well on her way to being irrevocably in love with him.”
This is day two still!
Sabrine started out interesting for me. I was intrigued by the possibility of watching the hero and heroine navigate their attraction amidst the tensions between their clans and I liked that she was on a mission for her people and that she was her clan’s protector. Of course, the fact that she wouldn’t lie and practically drew the truth out in crayon for her “enemy” made me lose respect for her. With a protector that good at her job I’m surprised they haven’t died off already.
This book was frustrating, but very readable. The author has a simple style that makes the pages turn easily, even when you’re not really enjoying it. There were some amusing exchanges between characters here and there and although it didn’t feel very historical to me, that isn’t something that always bothers me.
I think I would have liked this book more if I could have gotten into the writing style more. I finished the book and I still don’t feel like I knew any of the characters very well. There was no depth to any of them which amazes me because they were completely unsubtle people. Everything they thought seemed to route to their mouth with very little filtering. And then they would talk and talk and talk about their actions and motivations. I like dialogue driven stories, but the author was killing me with it here.
I think this will garner its fair share of fans. It’s not a horrible book or anything and people who enjoy the fated mate trope will probably like this more than I did. I personally don’t enjoy this lighter, sillier book style, but if you do you might want to check it out.
He bowed his head toward Sorcha. “It was not my intention to offend.”
She stared between him and Verica with wide eyes very much like her daughter’s. “I’m not offended.”
He nodded and gave Verica his most patient look. “You see? I did not offend Sorcha.”
“You offended me.”
“I won’t win this argument, will I?”