So, I went on a Jennifer L. Armentrout kick over the holidays. I read White Hot Kiss, Opposition, and this little beauty.
First: the cover. Meh. That’s the thing about covers for her books — they are never very good, unfortunately. This one is better than most of them; I like the background and the font, but the picture? Not feeling it.
On to other things…
This book takes place in New Orleans, with a 21-year-old woman, Ivy, who is a member of “the Order,” a secret organization who fight the Fae — otherworldly human-appearing nemeses roaming the cities unbeknownst to most humans. After Ivy encounters a Fae with strange powers who is not harmed by her trusty iron stake, she realizes that there is a bigger threat out there. The only person who is willing to be honest with her about that threat is Ren, an elite Order member who just transferred to the New Orleans branch — and who takes a special interest in Ivy.
This was probably my favorite JLA read of the month, mainly because the other two are YA. I like YA, don’t get me wrong, but she writes these steamy romances and honestly, I just get kinda skeeved out by them if they’re so young, y’know? I liked the Lux series, but after book two the romance became too much. In this book the characters were still pretty young, but at least they weren’t still legally kids. When Daemon and Katy had sex, I had to pretend in my mind they were older to not feel like a total creeper. I’m not saying YA books should be chaste, but I am saying that when it comes to steamy romance — I, personally, prefer to go to the adult section.
The story was actually pretty good. The romance I was lukewarm on. I liked both of the characters, Ivy and Ren, but I wasn’t sure how much I was feeling them together. I expected more from JLA in terms of creating romantic and sexual tension between the two of them. I feel like it was consummated far too quickly, and it followed all the predictable lines of a paranormal romance without any deviation from the norm.
That’s the thing about this book: Nothing really stood out until the end. Which isn’t to say I didn’t like it: I actually really enjoyed this book. It was good. Just good. The thing is, I enjoy paranormal romance, so if a story follows the rules, so to speak, it’s a safe four stars from me.
So, now, we get to the ending.
Warning: Here be spoilers