Sinful Surrender

Psychic Ménage, #1

Decently entertaining, but lacking a certain spark.

I like this book well enough -- the premise was interesting, the characters mostly engaging and the conflict was enough to carry my interest through the book.

However, I felt that the world building wasn't quite solid enough. I had many unanswered questions about how certain aspects of tech were prevalent and how others weren't. Some of it seemed arbitrary in an effort to distinguish between "us" and "them" rather than due to any real reason. I also wanted a lot more history and backstory but didn't get it. The baddies felt almost one-dimensional in how terrible they were.

I also felt that there was a bit of info-dumping masquerading as dialog which both made the interactions feel inauthentic and stilted. Sometimes it felt like the characters were not so much behaving as themselves as acting out roles and lines that were necessary.

Oftentimes, when a book is tagged as "extra-long", it's because an editor didn't come down with a heavy enough ban-hammer. Unfortunately, that is the case here. The pacing felt a bit off and one of the later conflicts felt contrived, unrealistic, untrue to the characters involved and just plain extraneous. I was having a good time until there was a big chunk of narrative going on involving a fight that didn't feel true to the characters. Note: when you have a strong female character who is fearless in the face of adversity, having her become a complete crazy bitch over something that seems relatively minor in the face of everything else she's faced is just a disservice to everyone involved.

I did love Chandra though and I'd be interested in picking up the sequel to see how the story unfold.

Book Blurb for Sinful Surrender

Top psychic spy Fay Avalon saw too much on her latest mind traveling mission and is now on the run from her post-catastrophic dystopian government, searching for the truth and proof. She escapes but is shot down, landing in the arms of the enemy.

In Drakker and Arlo’s world, women are so rare the men have accepted a polyandrous lifestyle. When the brothers stumble upon Fay unconscious in the wreckage of an aircraft, they are immediately attracted to her. Arlo wants to keep her, but Drakker knows they can’t. They must take her to their brother Logan Abán, leader of their people.

Logan struggles with trusting anyone, even himself. When a beautiful, intelligent, and intriguing woman falls into their laps, his denied desires for intimacy challenge his need to trust the spy. He’s frustrated by romantic Arlo’s claims of her innocence. Even when pragmatic and dominating Drakker defends her as well, Logan refuses to trust his gut.

Can one woman satisfy the diverse desires of three men? Will Logan’s fears be realized by betrayal? Is Fay to be sentenced to death as a spy, suffer a fate worse than death by being returned to her government as a traitor, or will she find a new life and love as the wife of three sexy brothers?

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2014 3.50