The blurb sounds like all fun and games, but the reality reads a bit more like a cross between a social justice crusader's blog and a disappointed shifter fan's denouncement of shifter mating tropes along with a helping of hypocrisy.
There were parts of it that were fun, like Nox, but what sticks with me the most is the complete and utter bewildered bafflement at the end of the book.
The problem with this book is that Jules is pretty much a walking poster child for social justice crusaders. I'm as much a proponent of social justice as anyone else, but seriously, if the woman wasn't making references to geek culture, she was talking about things like the Bechdel test, the question of consent, etc etc ad infinitum. See, I don't pick up romance novels in search for a sermon and I don't appreciate having to look up geek references in the middle of dialog.
Plot? What plot? It felt more like "how many different ways can I work in object lessons on social justice issues thinly disguised as plot points" rather than trying to craft a compelling read. There was also way too much going on, things that were brought up once but never really addressed fully, and it read a bit like an ADHD kid's brain. Oooh, pigeon! All over the place.
Then there's the hypocrisy. Jules talks a great front about consent and yada yada yada, even to the point of getting physically sick when she fondles Daz against his will, but then she decides to keep the fact that she's pregnant a secret from him while she sulks over him leaving her alone for seven months without telling her if he's alive or dead. Major dealbreaker for me there - this really should have dumped this to a 2.5 for me, but I really did enjoy Nox and Daz.
Not a fan. I'm intrigued by what the characters from the first book are doing to each other in this book, however. It's interesting to see a marriage made in prior books get rocky and I applaud the author in doing that because it's unrealistic that everything ends at the HEA. So that bumps it back up to a 3.0, I suppose.
I don't think I'll be picking up the rest of this series, but if the geek is strong in you, this might be right down your alley.
The badder they are, the better they bite.
Seven Brides for Seven Shifters, Book 2
Juliana Perlas has three good reasons to give up dating bad boys:
1. The uber-famous ones tend to be jerks.
2. They’re dangerous.
3. Danger turns her on.
She pulls a trifecta when one of the Seven Sons of Hell crashes through her living room window. Strong, definitely not silent, 1.5-million-Youtube-suscribers Daz Warren.
Dashiell Warren never means to destroy things; chaos just kind of follows him around. His peculiar gift has served him well as a shifter MMA fighter, but it’s left behind a trail of destroyed lives. Miraculously, Jules is the only person in five years he’s been able to touch without suffering searing pain. Which makes him want to get closer.
Jules sternly reminds herself she wants a heroic type who’ll fight for her, slay dragons for her. But Daz has vowed to never raise his fists again—literally or figuratively.
In spite of themselves, his need to touch and her weakness for danger boys collide and go nuclear. All while Fate howls with laughter…
Warning: This book contains a woman whose mind says “run” but whose body says “dance”. And a hero who’s…who’s…well, there’s no nicer way to put it. He’s a smartass. May cause barks of laughter and a yen for taboo sex. Hey, if you can’t run from him, run to him.