by S.K. Falls
Series: Fevered Souls,
Release date : August 5th, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: The Author | Format: ARC
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After I left for college, I thought I’d never see Eden again. But I found myself headed back four years later, destitute and unable to find a job anywhere else. Still, I was adamant nothing would keep me there for long.
Then I met the intoxicating Dax Allard. Copper-colored eyes, skin that emanated an exceptional heat, and a host of strange talents… It wasn’t long before I was drunk on him.
But Dax’s past was darker than mine, teeming with ancient secrets. Falling for him could cost me my life.
I had two choices: walk away or deal with the perilous consequences.
It was no choice at all.
I had seen the first episode floating around on Amazon but had never gotten around to reading it. When I saw the tour for the entire volume, I jumped at the chance to read them. The first two episodes start off strong and really grabs you. But sadly, things just kind of feel flat for me and their story continued.
We meet Cara on her way home to Eden after a 4 year stent away for College. Jobless and now living with her mother, she is desperate for work. When an interview goes bad with the mysterious yet sexy Dax Allard of Dax Allard Enterprises– and after an attack on Cara, Cara learns there is more to Dax Allard than she thought. After leaning about his secrets, Cara is immersed in a world full of creatures and just how important she is to this world. And here, she finds plenty of enemies.
Each story has a small time gap between them. I actually liked this, because I felt I learned more about what has happened and about the lore in the summary then I did when it was initially explained. If this was because I just didn’t get it or execution, I’m not sure. It was face paced, never giving us time to take a breather before something else happened. I am glad I had them all with me because I would have not liked to have to wait between stories. Because of the length though, I felt slightly disconnected from the characters. I was interested in the story as a whole and how thing would progress– but I just wasn’t WOWED. The lore is different and fascinating. Taking well know creatures with a twist and it was interesting learning about everyone individually and also as a group.
As the story progresses, we learn more about Mr. Dax Allard and the others like him. (No, I wont be giving it away. Lets just say he’s one HELL of a character. ;)) These two have chemistry right off. Initially, physical that turns into love. Yes, insta love. BUT! This is one of those times where I felt it worked. It’s hard to explain without spoilers. So, I wont. Although at times, I felt Dax came off too strong and his constant apologizing grated the nerves. The sexual tension is palpable and their situation just sucks. (For lack of a better word) But again, I wasn’t really connected to them and it with so much standing between them, it was really difficult for me “root” for them.
I was also indifferent to Cara’s relationship with James. I was just.. too forced I guess. And honesty, with the type of relationship that Dax and Cara have–or can’t have, rather– it would just create more tension between the two. Again, I just didn’t connect there either.
The last episode left us on a twisted cliff hanger. The story took a turn that I hadn’t seen coming. Great set up for the future books.
Overall- While I wasn’t wholly connected to the characters, I really enjoyed these as a whole. I’m curious enough to continue on with the volumes, especially after that cliff hanger.
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