Tuesday, October 20, 2015

BOOK REVIEW - TUESDAY FLIRTATIONS - Torrid (Torrid Trilogy Book 1)

I'm sure a lot of us download free romance novels to read because there are SO very many of them out there. And then the little guys breed like rabbits in our eReaders. Why don't we share our reviews/impressions so we can find the best ones to read?

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Author: Jayne Blue -  
Format: Kindle ebook. Free at the time on amazon
Did it feel like a full novel: no, but a very good ‘first half of a book’ kind of feel 
Cliffhanger: semi, nothing really surprising though 
Genre: romantic, suspense 
Dates Read: Sept 6-9, 2015
Official Blurb: Sometimes, the thing you want belongs to someone else...

Jack - Once upon a time I had everything. The perfect family. The perfect life. In one horrible year, it went away. I can never have it back but I can hurt the man responsible for taking what was left. I know how to steal something even more important from him. He doesn’t see how she looks at me instead of him. I can make her burn for me, make her addicted to me before I send her back.
And it will be so easy.

Tora - I’ll cross any line to get to the truth, no matter who I have to hurt. I don’t have a choice. I’m not afraid to use sex to get what I want. I know you think that makes me a whore. But until you understand what’s at stake, you can’t know.
Don’t judge me until you do.

Sometimes, you have to take what you want no matter what it costs.

Fascinating plot with good history. 

I did not care for the way Tora constantly felt guilty (though you see it’s not so much from love) for cheating on Seth, but Jack never has those kinds of doubts. Double standards like that just drive me nuts. Tora should have enjoyed it a bit better, and maybe Jack could have felt a little remorse, if only because he doesn’t know the whole story. This part of their “relationship” really grated on me whenever it was touched upon. Otherwise, they make an enjoyable sort of couple. They have good chemistry as well, with enough stuff going around their lives to realistically be fighting the “I shouldn’t. I should. I shouldn’t!” self-thoughts. 

As to the developing plot, it starts out well in the amount of details given then later discovered, but it felt like it took me a while to care for the two main characters. For a bit of the beginning I didn’t care if they all ended up in a horrible mess. But slowly they become more likable and I wanted them to get together in a happy way. But as you delve more into what's going on behind the scenes and in the past, you get hooked with wanting things to work out beyond the romance!

The alternating POVs are pretty good, they differ enough from each other so as to feel like two different people, and they don’t constantly rehash over the same scene with each POV. None of the other characters have too much substance to them though, except Seth. And he’s too easy to hate to really care about as more than just a foil to the couple. But as a guy you hate, he seems like he has considerable power in his own way to prevent these two characters from really getting together.

Rating: 3 star

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