After reading and not liking the previous collaborative work by these two authors, I was cautious going into this one. However, I have liked both their individual works, and the story sounded good. I have to say that the story was good. The authors seemed to want to delve into the mythology of the fae and make it their own. The story is compelling and moves forward at a fairly decent pace. There are quite a few question marks regarding some of the supporting cast, but overall, I would say this is a solid story.
Unfortunately, there are a few things that definitely distracted and detracted from this story. There were numerous “wrong” words, where homophones and near-homophones were used in place of the word the author wanted. There was also no editing to smooth the transition, so sections were written with a definite Australian vocabulary and sections with a definite American vocabulary. A good line-editor would have caught this disconnect and smoothed it out so that the book was seamless. Also, the last part of the story was formatted poorly (centered text), but I’m not sure if that’s something that was specific to my copy.
I really liked the melding of Cajun and Irish in the beginning. You could feel the brogue pushing through the drawl and it made Reece’s speech interesting. Unfortunately, this was not maintained and the drawl became thicker and thicker. Also, Reece was the only character to think with an accent. This seemed odd and jarring (not something you really noticed until Killian, who has a French accent, gets a chapter, and he does not think ).
The hardest thing to read, though, was the MC. I’m not sure if it was due to the split personality/soul thing they used (which was awesome when it was done well), but it was difficult to understand and keep up with the MC’s personality. She frequently flipped between teenager and older 20s and ‘ancient’, which wasn’t a real issue. It was the fact that the ‘ancient’ voice had the only presence during times of crisis. The new adult voice was frequently only available as an afterthought when discussing sex, and the late teen voice seemed to show up to only show how weak the human side of her was–despite many protestations about how strong she was. The mouthing of words that she wanted to rule equally combined with a sense of ownership over the guys…and the explicit demand that they not stray from the relationship while she tells another that she can do so if she wishes. Well…it doesn’t sit well with me. It smacks of a hypocrisy that I find distasteful and is a definite detractor. I can see the final lord being added without the input of her “equal” partners and her ruling that they need to accept it, despite prejudices and dislike.
Overall, it was an enjoyable story. I will probably add the series to my TBR list, but it isn’t one that I will be rushing out to finish.
C.M. Stunich & Tate James
Publication date: January 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Thriller
Ciarah O’Rourke was born into torture.
A human spirit reincarnated in the body of an ancient fae goddess, she’s spent the last five years in iron shackles, her mind poisoned with magic for secrets she doesn’t know.
Waking up in a dirty alley with no memory of her escape, Ciarah finds herself in the hands of The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club–a ruthless and violent group of bikers with faerie blood in their veins.
Arlo. Reece. Killian.
Three men drenched in death, sin, and old magic.
From their clubhouse in the middle of the Louisiana bayou, they’ll offer Ciarah the keys to unlock her memories and control the veil between worlds. But even her knights can’t erase the twisted scars that remind her they aren’t the only ones who hunt.
When The Wild Hunt rides, the souls of the dead join their parade.
All that’s missing now is their queen.
Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.
C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.
She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.
Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.