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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Review: Desiring Red by Kristin Miller

You know I don’t do serials but I don’t know if it was an oversight on my part or if when I originally said “yes” to this the blurb didn’t mention it was a serial until now. That said, there were some good things about this beginning to a story but was it enough to win me over?

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Scorched
Release Date: May 30, 2016

I’m indecisive when it comes to my shoes. Choosing a werewolf mate who’ll be with me until I croak? Pardon me while I take some time to think on it. But a steamy encounter before the final ceremony changes everything.

Reaper, the Omega’s eldest grandson, is fiercely loyal, scorching hot, and built for pleasure. He brings down my defenses, and before I know what’s happening, I succumb to the heat in his touch and the skill of his mouth. I’ve only just met him, but I need him like no other.

As part of my pack duties, I must parade in front of the Alpha, who has first choice of the pre-shifters. Rumors of his dark desires run deep, and I’ve always been intrigued. But the forbidden passion blazing between Reaper and me is too primal to deny. By pack law, Reaper can’t have me until the Alpha makes his choice…but Reaper’s never been one to follow the rules.

The basic plot is that wolf shifter Ivy Douglas is supposed to “save herself” in case the Alpha chooses her for himself but when she meets Reaper, the pack Omega she can’t resist him. However, Ivy also finds herself intrigued by Lukas, the Alpha.

Desiring Red had a lot of promise. I don’t mind love triangles as long as they’re well done and this one seemed like it might be. Again it’s a serial and ended in a MAJOR CLIFFHANGER so there wasn’t much time to really get into the characters or the story itself. I did feel like I jumped into the middle of something though and it took me a bit of time to unscramble the information that was being fed to me. For example, in Kristin Miller’s paranormal world, the Alpha rules under the Omega. That wasn’t clear in the beginning so I was a bit confused as to why so much deference was paid to grandmother Omega.

I can’t really give my opinions on Ivy and Reaper because of the length. I can say that as far as first impressions go, Ivy seemed like the one who could bring the pack (and Reaper) out of their misogynistic and archaic life style where women were seen and treated as little more than possessions to be used and tossed aside at a man’s leisure. I had a big problem with the implication that Reaper and Lukas only wanted Ivy because she looked a certain way and not because of who she was. It made me think WAY less of them than I should because at the end of this, one (Or both) might end up being Ivy’s choice.

I did appreciate that Desiring Red ‘s alternating POVs between Ivy and Reaper pretty much got straight to the point of the matter. No whining or girlish fantasies from Ivy that would have turned my stomach. She may have wanted more but she wasn’t delusional or childish. Reaper on the other hand had a pretty one track mind: Sex. With Ivy. I’m hoping he’s more evolved than that in the other two parts of the story though.

Does this mean I want to continue reading this serial? Sort of. I mean, I don’t care for serials at all but I’m not going to lie, Desiring Red was set up in a way that was meant to intrigue readers and get them curious as to what will happen next. So, in that respect, mission accomplished. I just wish that there was more “meat” to the plot and that it wasn’t a serial. This could have had the potential to be a really great novella or even a full length novel.

Desiring Red doesn’t skimp on the sex though. At just under 50 pages it is hotter than hot and that’s great, but again, the believability due to the time frame is a little ludicrous. Reaper barely meets Ivy before he’s getting handsy with her in the garden. I could let it pass because it’s a paranormal romance but still, it was a little hard to fathom.

Final Verdict: I’m on the fence about this one. On the one hand, I’m curious to see what happens next but on the other, what if it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I will say that if you don’t mind serials or love triangles then do pick this one up because Miller does a good job of tantalizing and teasing readers.

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