Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Raven's Tears by Alesia & Michael Matson‏

A con turned cop. And urchin turned lady.
Two webs of lies. An epic love.

Sir Vincent Sultaire is the Raven, rakehell, playboy, con, serving a term of indenture for the crimes of burglary and extortion. His lover, Lady Angelique Blakesly, seems to be a wealthy, widowed baronness and devout member of the conservative Guardian Paladin church. But Angel's careful poise and reserve conceal the Iris, one of Fernwall's most successful high-stakes burglars; and beneath the collar of Raven's indenture, he's playing the cops and the cons for fun and profit.

Their deceptions intersect explosively after the brilliantly executed theft of the priceless Tôrg-Dernäd. Sir Vincent is put in charge of the investigation, a thief set up to catch a thief. Angelique, beholden to forces beyond her control, is desperate to stop him.

Will Raven discover the truth? And will it be enough to set Angel free before their lies destroy them both?

Let me sum this up succinctly.  If you're an insomniac, this is the book for you.
The writing is dry. I didn't feel like anyone was telling me a story.  I didn't feel pulled in.  Basically, I sat back and watched at people I didn't care about lived life.  Don't get me wrong, it's a great premise and held quite a lot of promise.  It just wasn't pulled off correctly in my opinion.
My biggest problem with this book revolves around the characters.  They simply don't have any personality.  You get to see what they think of each other, but since I don't care about these characters, I really don't care what they think of each other.  They don't pop out at you as realistic people.  Instead of being fascinating people who you want to be around, you find yourself wishing they'd just be quiet so that you could take a nap.  I wanted to like them.
 Honestly, there was one character I did enjoy.  The dowager Countess of Remington is found in the very beginning of the book and had she been a more prominent character, I actually  may have enjoyed it.  She reminded me so much of 'Grandmama' from Downton Abbey.  If only the other characters had as much life as she did!
As for action, if you're looking for intimate physical action, this could be right up your alley.  It was too much for my tastes.  It felt like they created all these 'romantic' scenes and then added a story as a backdrop for them.  If erotica is your genre of choice, you might really enjoy this.  The love scenes are well-done and lengthy. So, I would recommend this book to those who enjoy erotica fantasy.  Unfortunately, this one wasn't for me.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Shawn

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